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Working with businesses

We offer a range of opportunities to support businesses. Working with us can help you become an active player in the development of the fastest growing part of the Capital: London’s Leading Edge.

Our goal is to support sustainable and inclusive growth that benefits businesses and communities.


Addressing skills gaps with businesses

We are engaging with businesses and representative bodies to ensure employers’ needs shape training provision locally in five key sectors.

We launched our Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), a business-led and data-driven blueprint for better matching training provision to the needs of local employers, following extensive consultation.

This research identified five priority sectors:Cover of Mind the Skills Gap our employer-led local skills improvement plan
• Construction.
• Digital and Creative.
• Health and Social Care.
• Manufacturing.
• Transport/Logistics.

Discover more about ‘Mind the Skills Gap’ our Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) and tell us about the skills needs in your industry:

Connecting you with schools and young people

Helping the next generation understand career and education pathways is imperative to addressing current and future skills needs and preparing young people for the world of work.

The Local London Careers Hub supports over 200 schools and colleges to help every young person find their best next step by: Decorative: business talking to students at one of our careers fairs

• Raising the quality of careers education.
• Driving experience with employers.
• Boosting skills pathways e.g apprenticeships.
• Tackling disadvantage.
• Connecting careers to economic need.

Our growing network of over 170 volunteers from large and small businesses share their professional experiences to broaden and raise the career aspirations of young people. Get involved: www.local.london/careers-hub

Help to fill your vacancies

Our employment programmes help local people get into good jobs, including those who are hardest to reach and furthest from the job market. Calling on our network of businesses, local authority employment services and job centres, our employment programmes and recruitment fairs can connect you with enthusiastic future staff members.

Businesses have already helped us get over 16,000 local residents back to work, or into work for the first time. Find out about our programmes.

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Be part of our dynamic careers events

Throughout the year we hold careers fairs for adults and young people. Whether you are a public sector employer, charity, small local businesses or global enterprise, these are great opportunities to build brand awareness. Contact us: hello.locallondon@redbridge.gov.uk

Discover our free support for businesses

Picture of tables and chairs for the panel with big screen behind introducing the Ability not Disability workshopOur ‘No Wrong Door’ approach is improving connections between businesses, employment advisors, and people looking for work and training. We provide resources, signposting, and training to help businesses become more inclusive and disability confident. Find out more:

Sign up for our free digital training

Our E-business programme helps micro and SME businesses to become more financially resilient by increasing their proficiency in digital technologies.

The programme is fully funded, making it FREE for business owners, and can help local businesses to:Decorative - pair of hands pointing at laptop screen

• Build a strong online presence.
• Strengthen their cyber-security and data storage.
• Streamline their processes.
• Enhance online marketing and social media.
• Harness ecommerce and online payment systems.

Over 2,000 local businesses have already benefited, reporting increased revenue, safeguarded jobs and even increasing number of employees. Find out more: www.local.london/e-business-programme

Helping businesses thrive in the digital age

High quality digital connectivity is key to supporting productive and competitive businesses and addressing the digital divide.

We are working to drive investment to deliver high speed fibre and have developed a Digital Infrastructure Strategy and online toolkit to improve digital connectivity. Discover more: www.local.london/digital-investment

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Get in touch

Now is a great time to engage with Local London to see how our work can support your employment and skills needs.
Contact: hello.locallondon@redbridge.gov.uk

Further reading

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