Marketing support for your retail business

Retail Marketing Ready provides practical, hands on support to help Tower Hamlets retailers:

  • Create a solid marketing plan
  • Increase turnover
  • Reach more customers
  • Build on existing skills
  • Develop practical strategies to improve day-to-day operations

We’ll work with you to create a support package that fits your specific needs.


  • 1:1 hands on support

    Dedicated face-to-face sessions with a specialist marketing advisor.

  • Practical workshops

    Tailored sessions to learn new skills and meet other local retailers.

  • GetSet Answers

    24/7 access to online resources, templates and more to build your business.

Simply register your details to start benefiting from this fantastic support.

Eligibility criteria

Fully funded by Tower Hamlets Council, Retail Marketing Ready can support businesses that:

  • Are registered in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Are classified as an SME (less than 250 employees)
  • Are retail businesses supplying to consumers

Upcoming events

Join us at one of our upcoming events to find out more about the Retail Marketing Ready programme and the support available.

Quick Connect: Festive Networking

We’re putting a festive twist on our next, much anticipated Quick Connect networking event! Join us for this special occasion where you can re-connect with old contacts and meet with like-minded business owners, ask the team any burning questions, line up new business for the new year – but mainly come along and enjoy free food and drink with us before we all go away to join our loved ones for the holiday season.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WeWork Aldgate Tower,
E1 8FA

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Success Story

  • Bikeworks is a social enterprise based in Tower Hamlets, founded in 2006
  • Having grown to 36 employees and with ambitious plans for the future, owner Ben Preston needed support creating a marketing plan to reach more customers
  • Regular meetings with an advisor allowed Ben to focus more time on his marketing
  • He created a strong marketing plan with clear goals and objectives to work towards

“This is a very useful service and I would recommend it to other businesses. It was really beneficial to have regular meetings with an external advisor to help move things forward.”

Ben Preston, Bikeworks

Meet the team

Made up of marketing and business experts, the Retail Marketing Ready team is dedicated to offering their support and expertise to retailers in the borough of Tower Hamlets, thanks to Tower Hamlets Council. Read about their expertise below, or contact us to find out more.

Tariq Mahmood,
Project Director

Tariq joined GetSet for Growth from the very successful GetSet East London project funded by J.P. Morgan, and now heads up the Tower Hamlets Supply and Retail Marketing Ready projects.

His intimate knowledge of the funding landscape and key investment priorities has been honed through a range of key development and advisory roles at the London Region Learning and Skills Council, The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) and a range of commercial training providers.

Tariq has an established reputation for his expertise and insight into the delivery of European Social Fund (ESF), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Big Lottery Fund contracts. He has supported companies in bidding for, securing and delivering such contracts, and indeed while at TCHC managed over £50 million worth of bids, with a success rate well above the industry standard.

Most recently, he has worked within a Birmingham based social enterprise in order to secure over £130,000 of new funding for helping young and adult residents of deprived wards into training and employment.

Tariq is responsible for driving Supply Ready’s partnership network and fostering collaboration between key local stakeholders, from local councils and LEPs to central government and other business support providers. He is committed to ensuring that our service aligns with each Borough’s key priorities and is tightly integrated with other business support providers in order to maximise opportunities for our clients.

Alba Maraver Cadenas,
Retail Marketing Specialist

Alba joined the Retail Marketing Ready team with ten years of marketing experience under her belt. Having delivered a wide range of high quality marketing projects whilst working with brands such as; Klasse 14, Scubaspa and Celio, Alba has undertaken various roles within the industry from global retail, branding and digital agencies to start-up companies.

A marketing professional with a broad range of experience and a passion for travelling, she expanded her expertise across three different continents including the tech capital Hong Kong, and the stunning Maldives.

Alba has a keen analytical eye, excellent attention to detail as well as solid market research skills, and she is very passionate about digital marketing. She has developed a strong background in building solid and lasting relationships with major clients and their brands, driving pinnacle marketing campaigns for brands and retailers with various budgets.

Developing and growing businesses by grasping a full understanding of their markets, customers and competitors, Alba is ready to put all of her knowledge and energy into supporting the retail businesses within the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

Tahir Rahman,
Business Advisor

Tahir is a highly experienced Business Manager with several years of experience working within the retail and commercial banking sector. Tahir was part of the very successful GetSet East London project funded by J.P. Morgan’s, and has previously been a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans company, helping entrepreneurs and new startups successfully apply for funding for their businesses.

Tahir is no stranger to the challenges facing small businesses, having run his own successful Indian restaurant in Woodford Green in Essex. Whilst at University, he has seen his restaurant grow from a start up into a thriving SME.

A keen footballer and MMA fan, Tahir is an Arsenal fan that watches his team play whenever he can. Tahir is delighted to be joining the experienced team of professionals at Retail Marketing Ready and looks forward to working with retailers to help them achieve their growth potential.

Hannah Bailey,
Client Liaison Executive

Recently graduating from London Metropolitan University after achieving a 2:1 BSC honours, Hannah has joined the Supply Ready team as a Client Liaison Executive propelling her into the communication and marketing industry.

Hannah has extensive knowledge and experience within the hospitality and events sector, working closely with clients whilst displaying exceptional customer service. Whilst interning with several Public Relation companies, Hannah has acquired many skills which she plans to use as the Client Liaison Executive for Supply Ready as well as further enhancing her skillset from her knowledgeable peers.

Hannah has a great passion for the marketing and public relations industry and strives to achieve the best she can in any task set.

Contact us

Want to get in touch with the Retail Marketing Ready team or find out more about our programme?

Contact us using the details below and our team will be in touch.

Phone: 0800 121 4458
Address: WeWork Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London, E1 8FA