Social enterprise

Celebrating success at Starting Point

We believe that one of the best ways to benefit communities is to empower passionate individuals to make a difference to those around them.

Starting Point

Starting Point is a unique, purpose built-facility that helps community groups and organisations flourish and deliver benefits to the local area. It is located in an area of major regeneration in Barking town centre, close to Tanner Street, an East Thames housing development completed in 2006.

Joint-funded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, together with East Thames, Starting Point supports community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations by providing office, meeting and storage space, business training and wide range of support services. Organisations applying to use Starting Point are set business targets. Meeting these allows them access to the facilities at a subsidised rate, or in some cases for free.

Find out more about Starting Point.

Business Place

Business Place is a facility in Stratford managed by East Thames in partnership with East London Small Business Centres. It aims to give fledgling businesses a boost by providing low-cost office space and business support. It is particularly targeted at startup businesses run by young people, including those hoping to benefit from the Olympics.