Waltham Forest means business
Waltham Forest is seeing remarkable, transformative growth in its business economy, with self-employment rates exceeding the London average and a marked increase in start-up rates.
The core of the economy is underpinned by traditional retail, wholesale, construction and manufacturing, with the Upper Lee Valley, London’s industrial heartland, flanking the borough’s western boundary. Industrial businesses relocating to the Upper Lee have access to the Productive Valley Fund, a £3 million programme of investment in small businesses growth.
There is significant growth underway in the creative, digital and sectors that serve London’s businesses. Companies are increasingly locating in Waltham Forest due to its proximity and easy access to Central London, affordable rents and a vibrant cultural environment. The Council is supporting this through the creation of the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone, business rate relief for flexible, affordable open workspaces and the business accelerator programme, Forge.
Our full programme of business support, that helps to ‘keep, seed and grow’ our business economy can be viewed here.