Hampshire Business Advice

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Hampshire businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"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.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.
Step By Step
How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

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Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"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.

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Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

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.

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Business Plan Template
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

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Start-Up CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

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Start Your Own Business Powerpoint
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).

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Hampshire Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Hampshire area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

Action Hampshire

We support not for profit organisations in Hampshire & Portsmouth to deliver great services to local people and communities, and speak up for the changes they would like to see. Action Hampshire strengthens not-for-profit organisations by supporting, developing and connecting them. Our specialisms include: community led planning and solutions; research and engagement; health and social care; rural issues such as rural affordable housing; community buildings; social enterprise and trading; children and young people’s issues; equalities; corporate social responsibility.

Call the Navigator

Your One Stop Shop for Business Support The service supports businesses based in the Solent LEP area and signposts businesses to relevant support options available to them. Whether this is training, marketing, premises, funding, mentoring or something completely different the Navigators can help. The service is completely free and is on hand to guide you through the complexity of support options available. Let us do the hard work for you and Call the Navigator 01329 820 898

Cavendish Enterprise

Cavendish Enterprise is a group of highly respected enterprise agencies from across the country, who have come together working in partnership to deliver nationwide contracts supporting start up and growing businesses.

Enterprise Nation

ince launching in 2005, Enterprise Nation have helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses, and, led by founder Emma Jones MBE, Enterprise Nation continues to be the most active UK small business community and a leading campaigning voice for small business. Joining Enterprise Nation connects you with over 70,000 start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and enterprise experts.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

IBD Dorset

No business can succeed without advice! Whether you are starting out in business, a growing business or fully established and moving forward to achieve your planned goals you will require support. The BDP is designed only for the small and medium sized company. Part of this programme is a Free initial business health check. We pride ourselves, and a further benefit to you, is that we not only identify the source of any problems but we also implement the solutions to those problems.

Inspiring Enterprise

Inspiring Enterprise helps unemployed people and graduates in North Hampshire and South West Surrey develop the skills and confidence they need to build their own business or social enterprise. We understand that starting a business or community enterprise isn’t for everyone. But we also know there are people out there who just need a chance and have what it takes to make a success of their own life or change the lives of those around them. Being a socially funded project, we are required to have a few criteria for the people and projects that can receive our support.

National Enterprise Network

The National Enterprise Network is a membership body for those committed to the support and development of enterprise. Members are not-for-profit organisations which provide independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. As well as enterprise agencies, Members also include Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, further and higher education providers and other specialist enterprise support providers. Key activities include representing the sector with key stakeholders in central government, official agencies and the private sector, providing unique membership products and services to members and managing national business support contracts such as the Barclays Let's Talk Business series. According to member research collected for 2011/2012, our network of enterprise support organisations supported the creation of 17,500 businesses over the last year and almost 25,000 new jobs. Our members operated loan funds in the region of

PopUp Business School

Start the business you want. The PopUp Business School run start-up events to help people start small businesses and making money doing what they love. Our approach is the polar opposite of traditional approaches to starting a business. We don't believe in business plans and we definitely don't believe in loans or grants because this puts more people off than it helps. We'll show you how to start without spending any money, make a great website for free, and get you to your first sale. 30% of the people that come on our course start their business before the end of the workshop and 27% make their first sale!

Radian

Do you have a business idea and passion that you want to turn into a reality? Are you currently self employed and need to update your knowledge about running your business? Radian EST invite you to ‘Go Your Own Way’! See our website for more details.

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub offers businesses in the Solent LEP area simplified access to a range of information, advice and support services provided nationally and locally. Helping individuals, organisations and businesses - from start-ups to established operations to find funding, support initiatives and services that can best help them achieve their growth potential.

Southern Business Growth Network

SBGN is a not for profit CIC - a cluster of independent business owners who work together to support the development of new start-ups and existing small businesses within the Solent Region. The directors run their own businesses and come with a wealth of support, knowledge and contacts and their Trusted Partner network provide an even wider range of services as well as providing mentoring and coaching for businesses. SBGN partner with local agencies including Enterprise First, WSX Enterprise. Hampshire Chamber and FSB. The cluster is very active in the region with workshops, seminars and events promoting the idea of "Starting your own business".

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Start Up Donut

The Start-Up Donut website contains sections dedicated to starting a business by sector (over 200 types covered); Marketing; Law; Technology; and Tax. Part of the range of Donut sites, it also has weekly news updates aimed at start-ups and existing businesses.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trustwork with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they are with you every step of the way. Since 1983 the Prince's Trust helped over 80,000 young people to start their own business.

X Forces

Support armed forces and emergency service communities to start up businesses across the UK with Start Up Loans, mentoring and support.

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
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

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 First
Enterprise First provide advice and support to some 3,000 south-east based clients each year considering starting a business or running an existing small enterprise. We also offer accommodation on "easy-in - easy-out" terms in four Enterprise Centres. 01252 319272

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

GreatBusiness.gov.uk
Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business. Find the sources of information and practical advice you need to make your new venture a success

HMRC
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.

Innovate 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
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
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.

Pro-actions
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.

Shaw Trust
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

Shell Livewire
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

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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.

WSX
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

Young Enterprise
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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