"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.
See list of local business support organisations below.
Starting up your own business?
Would you like some free support?
Since 1981 Enterprise has been helping people start their own companies and develop their existing businesses. As a not for profit company with sponsorship from the public and private sectors we can offer free support and funding guidance.
We are also a member of the National Enterprise Network. Free, confidential, and independent advice is provided from our team of experienced accredited business advisers.
Contact us on 0845 458 7535 or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to discuss your idea with one of our advisers. This is completely free of charge and without any obligation.
Enterprise First are the Virgin StartUp loan delivery partner for the South East. If you are looking for finance to start your business please do get in touch.
Tel: 01252 319 272
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An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.Download
"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.Download
This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.Download
We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.Download
If you run your own business in Hampshire and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
Elfin (Health, Safety & Wellbeing) Ltd
Solent Growth Hub
Abide Consulting Ltd
Business Continuity and ICT Continuity specialist consultant with no IT products to sell. I am a BCI certified professional and can help new businesses think about a simple business continuity plan that will enhance the foundation of their business. A company with a demonstrable business continuity plan is often more attactinve to prospective business clients. 01256 761556
ACF Associates is a leading provider of working capital advice, business coaching, finance director and turnaround services to technology, manufacturing and consumer goods businesses in the South East. Our results focused, and scalable programs are designed to systematically resolve cash and finance issues, so delivering financial stability, business confidence, and a platform for growth. 0845 519 5480
Bonallack and Bishop Solicitors
With five offices, including Andover, Hampshire,, we offer a full range of legal services to startup businesses -- from advice on renting to drafting terms and conditions and dont forget our FREE seven day Solicitors debt collecting letter. 01264 364433
Crammond Business Development
Crammond business development works with the owners and directors of small and medium sized businesses to improve the performance and profitability of their organisation on a results based remuneration model. 08456 499884
Enterprise M3 Business Support
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a publicprivate partnership set up to support and sustain economic growth at a local level. The Finance, Innovation & Business Support Action Group gives a voice to the business community to help inform the LEP Board about the priorities, opportunities and barriers for economic growth, wealth and job creation. 01256 845 525
Federation of Small Business Wessex
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UKs largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has over 200,000 members across 33 regions. In addition, Member Services is committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB. Regional organiser: Christchurch Business Centre, Grange Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4JD 01425 280080
Mentor-net is the business mentoring scheme for SMEs in the south of England. It is a confidential service provided by the not-for-profit Mentor-net programme and volunteer Business Mentors, who are drawn from experienced members of the business community and the professions. Mentor-net recruits experienced business people to act as Volunteer Business Mentors, trains and supports them, linking them with trading businesses in need of Mentoring support. 0845 45 86 454
Pro-actions help SME owner managers to get clear on what they want from their businesses and then make it happen. Pro-actions offer both business coaching and support using 1-to-1 meetings and events.
SME Business Help UK
SME Business Help UK. The website that connects SMEs to the experts, services and help they need to grow their business. FREE directory listings for consultants and services. 02380 443084
South East Business Innovation & Growth
The Solent Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) comprises experienced business professionals and benefits from the support and help of a very strong network of successful local entrepreneurs, professional services firms and business coaches and mentors, as well as partner organisations. 01489 889 882
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