Start Your Own Business in Winchester contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.
Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.
Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.
We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Winchester section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.
We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants
If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.
Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success
The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Winchester who would love to help you.
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Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.
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This free 170 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.
We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.
Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.
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You are not alone!
Would you believe that despite all of the lumps and bumps in the economy, over 400,000 new businesses are formed in the UK every year?
According to Government figures almost 1,000 of these new start-ups are launched in the Winchester area!
It is easy to understand the appeal if you are currently stuck in a job that you hate and are being told what to do by a manager who you know really should not be in that position. But the same is true if you are unemployed and struggling to even get to the point that you can moan about your boss or if you have been made redundant by one of those ‘promoted beyond their ability’ types.
The world of business is rapidly changing and the digital revolution has accelerated the pace even more. This means that many of the conventional employment options are having to adapt or are disappearing altogether. There is no longer such a thing as a ‘job for life’.
Is it any wonder then that one in five of the working population are apparently dreaming of setting up on their own? The vision of working for yourself and being able to choose your working hours sounds idyllic but what is the reality?
Having run businesses for the bulk of my working life and I can wholeheartedly recommend the idea… as long as you are the right type of person! That undoubtedly means being prepared to step out of your comfort zone more often than you may like, to take calculated risks (which may not always pay off), to work longer hours than you would for an employee, and often for less money, particularly in the early days. Sounds great doesn’t it?
Despite all of that, if you are doing something you love, you will get up in the morning with a spring in your step (even if you had been awake during the night wrestling with a business conundrum) and have the thrill of being in control of your own destiny.
Having made the decision to take the plunge, the next challenge is to ensure that your idea is sound and that it has a realistic chance of creating the (sustainable) income that you require. At this point, with a liberal dose of positive thinking and a bit of Internet research, it is easy to assume that your business is not going to be one of the many who do not reach their first birthday. The truth is ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.
Free Business Advice
At this point, can I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the help and support that is available in the Winchester area? You have nothing to lose apart from a little bit of time but everything to gain. Having an independent view of your proposal could make the difference between success and failure.
The good news is that Winchester City Council (http://www.winchester.gov.uk/business) fund a free business support programme for local residents! This consists of monthly workshops covering relevant topics, informal networking once a month, and the opportunity to sit down for a 1-2-1 with an experienced business adviser.
Winchester Informal Networking
The networking meetings are held at Café Winchester in St Thomas Street and generally take place on the third Thursday of the month between 9am and 11am. It is popular but very informal. There is always someone to meet you and to make initial introductions so please do come along.
You can find out more from Enterprise First or book a place at one of the events via Eventbrite.
You can also get your hands on our free 170 page book entitled ‘Start Your Own Business in Winchester’ - this is available as a downloadable PDF or if you are a local resident or business owner you are also able to request a free printed copy.
One of the potential downsides of running your own enterprise is that you can sometimes feel a bit isolated but I hope that this article shows that you are not alone. Not only are there lots of other local people in exactly the same position as you but there is also a strong network of local support to help you on your way.
Basepoint Networking Hub
The Networking Hub is a free B2B networking event hosted by Basepoint Winchester. The events are open to all kinds of business and our aim is to give all those that attend the opportunity to meet new people, to build on existing business relationships and to generate new leads. The format of the events are largely informal with a brief talk from a local guest speaker, a complimentary light buffet style lunch and plenty of opportunity to network with other attendees. Alongside this, Basepoint provide a business card prize draw and a business 2 business exchange facility in which attendees can promote their business to other attendees.
FSB Wessex is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Neil Eames Development Manager Neil.Eames@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
Hampshire County Council
Visit the business section of the Hampshire County Council website to find local support, Hampshire business directory, Hampshire Ambassadors, support for rural businesses, economic facts & figures, Invest in Hampshire, find a business premises. The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ 0845 603 5638
INCA Design Ltd
As a one stop shop and with over 15 years of professional creativity, INCA continues to deliver innovating marketing strategies and advertising campaigns to give life to your profits! Not only are established companies giving their brand an updated new look, resilient individuals who are embarking on new business start ups are also benefiting from the positive reinforcement that comes with fresh corporate identities and their corresponding marketing activities. INCA's Creative Services - Corporate Identity & Branding - Marketing & Promotional Material - Website Design & Development - APPs for Smartphones & Tablets - National & Local Advertising - Digital Media & e-Communications - Exhibitions & Display Stands - Stationery, Literature & Brochures - Packaging & Presentation Packs - Retail Design & Shop Fitting - Point of Sale Devices - Digital Photography - Eco-aware Approach firstname.lastname@example.org 01489 878553
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The Winchester Bookkeeping Company
The Winchester Bookkeeping Company offers bespoke, yet affordable professional bookkeeping services to small businesses in the Winchester area and throughout Hampshire. Services include bookkeeping, preparation of statutory accounts for small limited companies and self assessment tax for individuals and sole traders. Our objective is not only to help you keep your books, accounts and tax in order but also to provide a friendly and approachable environment in which you can seek practical support and advice to help your business grow and flourish. We understand that each business is unique and therefore tailor our service to your requirements and budget. Our support is flexible - we can do as little or as much as your require and are free to answer queries at weekends/evenings. We ensure our clients receive straightforward language and easy to understand advice. In short - We make Bookkeeping work for you! We are authorised and regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Contact us now via our website or on 07596 516670 for more details or to arrange a free no obligation consultations of your requirements. 07596 516670
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TLC Business is a marketing and design company based in Winchester and are specialists in marketing strategy, design, e-marketing, telemarketing, PR and event management for growing SMEs in the region. 01962 600 147
Winchester Business Centre
The Winchester Business Centre provides city centre office space and support for new and existing businesses in the area. Our services include use of our modern open plan office space, access to our 12 seat conference room complete with 50" 01962 841000
Winchester Business Networking
Winchester Networking offer two friendly groups to professional business men and women from Winchester and surrounding areas. We have an exclusive women's group, Bright Phoenix, and also a mixed group for men and women. Each group hosts a lunch once a month at the Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester, overlooking Winchester Cathedral. Our is is to help our members build their businesses by sharing ideas and exchanging referrals, whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.
Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their communities and around the world.
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
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