"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
We assure you that your details will not be used for any other purpose. We hate spam and will not share your details with any other third party or bombard you with unwanted correspondence.
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 , we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
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 don't forget our FREE seven day Solicitor's debt collecting letter. 01264 364433
Bookkeeping Clarity Ltd
Sheelagh Lyons, owner of Bookkeeping Clarity Ltd provides bespoke training and support to owners and staff of small businesses in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. Whether it's a boost to your confidence, help to establish day to day bookkeeping processes, or support with a new accounts related project , I can help. 01252 371077
Business in the Community
Business in the Community mobilises business for good. Its members commit to improve the way in which they manage their resources, be that their people or the planet. Its power is the unique platform this creates for collaborative action. 020 7566 8650
Empowering Communities through Mutual Self-help. Starting a social Enterprise? Community Empowerment Limited offers free advice to people looking to start their own co-operative social enterprises and create employment in the UK. We'll Help you in starting a sustainable and successful enterprise developed with the proven business model of co-operative values and principles.
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 Europe Network
The largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Enterprise M3 Business Support
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public/private 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 UK's 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
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HM Revenue & Customs offers a new FREE e-learning tool that advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business. The package includes learning checks and videos as well as links to further advice on YouTube & gov.uk website. Contact via website.
ICAEW Business Advice Service
The ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) plays a vital role in the business support landscape, offering free advice and resourceful finance advice guides to start-ups and SMEs in thousands of locations across the UK.
The UK’s innovation agency. We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.
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
Mentorsme.co.uk is Britain's first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services. The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain.
New Enterprise Allowance – Department for Work and Pensions
New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they get certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. This includes support from a business mentor. Contact your local Job Centre Plus
A free searchable database of some 10,000+ European business opportunities where companies can look for specific business partnering opportunities or arrange to have their own offers or requests added.
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.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. SSE helps in other ways too, like connecting people with funding and mentoring. SSE has been equipping social entrepreneurs since 1997, when it was founded by Michael Young. Today, its network of schools are changing lives and transforming communities across the UK, Canada and India.
Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently. 01225 716 300
The UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business. Register for your FREE Shell LiveWIRE account so you can;Apply for business funding including our monthly 0191 423 6229
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
Start & Grow
An online business resources platform in the UK that supports the business journey from pre-start to start-up, and on through stages of growth. Bitesize course modules can help you master the essentials of starting and growing your business
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The Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. These rights include Patents, Designs, Trade marks, Copyright. 0300 0200 015
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. They help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Services include: Business Programme. Funding and support to help young people (aged 18-30) to start their own business. Low interest loan of up to See website for full details.
We ensure we understand your ambitions and plans for your business, at whatever stage you are at, working alongside you to ensure they are realised. We work with small/medium sized businesses, social enterprises and other organisations across the South of England from bases in Dorset and South Hampshire. Our team includes expertise in starting and growing your business, ongoing support, mentoring, skills, innovation and design. 01329 223242
With more than 40 years' experience, Young Enterprise is the UK's leading business and enterprise education charity. The businesses and volunteers that support Young Enterprise take an active role in building a better-motivated, educated and enterprising workforce, at the same time making a real difference to the existing lives and future potential of young people who live and attend school in their area. 01865 776845
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