The relationship with the mentor was the key thing for me - he gave me confidence and practical support which helped me believe in myself and take my business forward.

Firm Futures is an initiative that helps people in Islington and the surrounding area, who are not in permanent, full time employment, set up their own businesses.

Through a series of monthly workshops, Firm Futures builds the confidence and skills needed to set up a business and provides a free package of support including a grant, mentoring and subsidised workspace.

Firm Futures is delivered through a unique partnership between three Islington organisations that are working together to support local people in becoming self-employed: law firm Slaughter and May, St Luke’s Community Centre and enterprise experts B Consultancy.

The project was first launched in 2013 and has seen single parents, young entrepreneurs and those not able to find full time employment secure a place. Of the 27 businesses that received support, 67% are still trading or are close to trading. 

The businesses that have taken off as a result of support from Firm Futures include a branding business, a bakery, baby massage, yoga teaching, personalised embroidered gifts, mobile beauty business, a freelance photographer and a florist stall.

Applications for Firm Futures are not open at present as we're halfway through our current programme. For more information about registering your interest for the next round, please email [email protected] or contact us on 020 7549 8178/79.