Hampshire Business Advice

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).


Latest Advice Articles

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.

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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.

Elfin (Health, Safety & Wellbeing) Ltd

We provide health & safety advice, and support, including writing policies, procedures and risk assessments. We can undertake monthly site inspections for office, shops, factories, warehouses and construction sites. We also provide health & safety training, both at your workplace and on-line. We undertake Fire Safety training and Fire Risk Assessments at commercial and domestic properties, and also on construction sites. We also undertake legionella testing, and PAT Testing. For those in the construction trade, we also help with gaining CHAS accreditation and pre-contract questionnaires.

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.


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.

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 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
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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