Starting and Operating a Business in West London


Running a business in West London follows many of the same principles as running a company in the rest of the United Kingdom, and in many ways it's similar to the U.S. and Europe as well. The primary point is to offer a service or product to customers and charge a price for it. Ideally, the price is high enough that the business makes a profit. This in turn pays for the employees payroll and allows the business to grow.

The above said, London like other business jurisdictions has its own set of rules, regulations, licensing, and markets to deal with. Additionally, technical trades may have additional restrictions to deal with. For example, an electrician West London will also likely need to be member of the local trades council, electrician's union, and have technical certifications on file to show proven aptitude and skill. The electrician West London can't just go out and start work without the above requirements in place.

Start Up in West London

Before getting into a business an electrician owner has a choice of two approaches. He could either purchase an existing business or start one fresh from the ground up. Either choice is viable. Buying an existing business could be an outright ownership purchase or entry through a franchise. In either case, it involves a significant amount of cash up front.

Beginning a West London business from scratch can be a lot cheaper, but it also involves creating a customer base that doesn't yet exist. This takes time, energy, work, and in many cases luck. Eventually, with persistence and referrals, the business will grow from a one-person operation to a small electrician business.


Since most businesses, even small ones, will need some kind of basic establishment, the business owner will need to have some initial financing to get started. This takes convincing others that the business is a viable idea. To do that the business owner will need a well thought out business plan on how the business will work for at least the first five to ten years. This should include planning regarding the customer target market, operations, staffing, costs, projected sales and revenue, and marketing approach. Without this detail researched and put together in a report, very little commercial financing in the form of a business loan will be provided. Even with the detail, many small businesses at first start out part-time from people's garages and homes until enough money is coming in to make a step forward and establish an actual office address like a formal business.

Resources and Regulation

One of the best places a prospective electrician business owner can go to find guides, business planning templates, and start-up information is the local London city council or the library. A number of free guides also exist on the Internet specific to the London area.

The business will also need to have its licensing and registration in place with the London local government. A business shouldn't start any jobs or operations without this detail squared away properly. Again, the local city council can provide the best direction on how to get permits in place for valid electrician work.