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How to Start a Business in Winchester

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How to Start a Business in Winchester

Starting a business in Winchester

If you are thinking about starting a business in Winchester or would like to grow your existing business, we would love to help you.

Start Your Own Business in Winchester contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly advice and the services that you are likely to need as a new startup or local business owner.

Grants | Networking groups | Business advice | Mentoring | Co-working spaces

Starting a business in Winchester

Free Startup Resources

Getting it right from the start can help to prevent problems later.

To help you with this we have created a vast selection of resources and they are all completely free!

Business advice and support

Business advice and support

"Two heads are better than one."

Whether you have been trading for some time, are new to the market or are just thinking about starting a business of your own, it has been proven that your chances of success are considerably improved if you seek support from an experienced business advisor or mentor. You can find out more about both options at Business Advice in Winchester and Business Mentors in Winchester .

Funding and grants

Business advice and support

"Money makes the world go round."

Running out of money is one the most common reasons why businesses fail. This risk of this happening to can be avoided (or minimised) by careful planning and cashflow forecasting. If you need additional funds to start or keep your business going, you can learn more about your options and download our free funding factsheet at: Business Grants and Business Funding .

Business networking

Business advice and support

"It's not what you know, it is who you know."

Does the idea of business networking fill you with delight or dread? Either way, it can be beneficial for both your business and you as an entrepreneur. See Business Networking in Winchester for details of local groups and our free Networking Factsheet.

Business premises

Business advice and support

"Home or away?"

Working from home is appealing to many new business owners but not practical for many others. Even if you are running a business by yourself, you might like to consider the option of 'hot desking' or co-working in one of the many flexi-workspaces that have emerged in recent years. Find out more at: Co-Working and Business Premises

FREE startup workshops

If you are thinking about starting a business, our FREE three-hour ONLINE workshop is definitely for you!

Open to everyone, our sole aim is to increase your chances of success. We do that by explaining:

The reality of running a business; the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them; which legal status is likely to be most suitable; funding, grants and managing your money; business planning and cashflow forecasting; finding and keeping customers.

Free startup guide

Start Your Own Business in Winchester

Download the 2023 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy-to-read way with links to useful online articles and relevant contacts.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Winchester

Key Contacts in Winchester

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Winchester is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.


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.


Now Bookkeeping
We are two friends who have a passion for accounting and bookkeeping and a desire to provide a service that can help business owners save their precious time and gives great value. Each business needs are different and we like to tailor our services to suit your requirements. * VAT Returns * Bookkeeping * Payroll, PAYE and NI Returns * CIS Returns * Accountancy Services As On the Spot Accountants (OTS), Teresa specialises in the following: - Preparation and submission of financial and tax accounts - Tax advice and tax planning - Production and evaluation of business plans and funding applications - Cost control, cash flow forecasting and margin improvement - Financial processes, issue identification and resolution - Management accounting and reporting - Internal controls and audit of financebusiness processes


The Incuhive Space
IncuHive Spaces are the place to be for start-up and small businesses. We offer an everything under one roof approach, virtual offices and desk space rental to private offices, photo studios, in house accountants to web developers and legal experts! Join a like minded supportive community of business people! IncuHive Spaces offer business incubation and co-working centres with a creative twist, providing mentoring, investment, office space, networking and a whole host more. IncuHive Spaces are open to an unrestrained demographic, IncuHive seeks to launch the next generation of businesses across all spectrums and backgrounds. College leavers, University students and graduates or those already in the workplace looking for a change of direction; IncuHive is open to everyone. IncuHive provides a range of services to help kick start a business into profitability, from basic one to one mentoring to complete investment acceleration programs. Alongside, the start-ups can take advantage of our in-house accounting, payroll, legal, web development and much more at affordable prices exclusive to IncuHive clients. IncuHive is a business incubator at heart, although we provide a range of affordable offices space for rental to anyone interested. This said, our aim is not to fill rooms with clients, but to create a diverse and innovative business community. This is the real benefit from working in IncuHive; the buzz and excitement of the people around you. As is often said, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and we have the mix of people who will really help launch and push your business to the next level. We look forward to welcoming you to a space near you! Chandler's Ford Unit 7, Mayflower Close, Chandler's Ford Industrial Estate, SO53 4AR Southampton IncuHive Space, 182 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2BY Winchester Westgate Chambers, Staple Gardens, Winchester, SO23 8SR Basingstoke 8 Church Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7QE New Milton IncuHive - 31-33 Compton Road, New Milton BH25 6EQ


Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Hampshire Chamber is a business support organisation. We assist businesses raise their profile, get connected to new customers and contacts, keep them up to date with relevant business information and are a voice for the business community at local and national Government level. We organise over 100 events ranging from speed networking, breakfast briefings on economic issues, behind the scenes visits, and workshops that enhance your skills. Call us for chat or have a look at our website.

Online Marketing

Blue Gecko Digital
Web development and digital marketing services designed for sole traders, start-ups and SME's.

Online Marketing

Digital House Marketing & Design Agency
A House Full Of Digital Marketing Experts…. Here at Digital House, we all love digital marketing! We’re passionate about doing it better than anyone else. With Digital House you don’t just get a design agency, you get a whole team of digital experts supporting the growth of your business in the right direction. We understand your business with a passion. Our team are dedicated to our promise of delivering an increase of enquiries and to building your business to the next level. The combination of our expertise and the way we work is what sets us apart from others. We’re refreshingly honest and our customers stay with us because they want to – we have no tie-in clauses. Based in Tadley near Basingstoke, covering North Hampshire. Free Digital Insight Workshop Free digital insight workshop to get more from digital marketing. We take the mist away from what is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), AdWords, Social Media, E-Newsletters, Google Maps and Google My Business, giving you plenty of tips on how to make digital marketing work for you. Venue: Our offices at Heath End House, Tadley, RG26 3SD


WIN @ Cafe Winchester (Winchester Informal Networking)
Do you run a business in Winchester, or are you thinking of setting up?? Come along to our FREE business networking club at Cafe Winchester, between 9am - 11am on the third Thursday of every month. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES BASED IN WINCHESTER, UK. We are an informal group, keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area. The events are held every month and are FREE to attend. All that we ask is that you purchase your own drinks andor food, as required.


Winchester Job Centre
Amazing opportunities for businesses. Kickstart scheme 18-24's, 6 month government funded working placement with no cost to the employer!Advertise job vacancies for free on our Job website!Use our facilities for free to hold interview days!Take advantage of our Sector Based Work programs which require commitment from a candidate before reaching your interview process.Attend our job fairs for FREE!


Insight legal
With a commitment to delivering a first class level of customer service at the forefront of everything they do, Insight Legal provide high quality software to legal firms of all sizes. Used by professionals throughout the country, the software makes a genuine difference to a solicitors working life, streamlining processes and cutting down on costs. Find out more here.


BITSmart Technology Ltd helps businesses of all shapes and sizes with their technology troubles, tribulations, and needs. We have spent the last 10 years developing fantastic relationships with global tech providers to bring the best quality, enterprise level technology product and services to the SME market. Meaning you literally have access to everything you could want, need or desire. We work with 1-man businesses all the way up to international and our approach brings all the tech know-how coupled with the best procurement practices to ensure we can give customers big or small choice and best value in services including jargon free tech support, Microsoft365, Connectivity, Cloud Communications, security and more. Making us a one-stop tech shop for ALL businesses. You don't need to suffer in silence, you don't need to deal with those tech headaches alone and finally you don't need to be clever with your tech you need to be smart!


The IncuHive Space Winchester
IncuHive Winchester offers co-working and business incubation services just off the high street in the centre of Winchester! The site provides all the normal IncuHive services across 3 floors in a convenient place to drop in while in Winchester. IncuHive Winchester is situated at the top of town area directly opposite Cote Brassiere. There are a range of long and short stay car parks near by. There is no onsite parking at this IncuHive. As with all out spaces we are open 24/7, however if you are a non-member you will need to contact us to arrange a visit in person. The IncuHive Space, Westgate Chambers, Staple Gardens, Winchester, SO23 8SR

Web design

Golden Egg Web Design
Golden Egg are a results-driven team of web designers in Hampshire that are dedicated to creating the perfect solutions for small, medium and large businesses nationwide. Your new website wont just be pretty to look at, it will also get results. It will grab your visitors attention and encourage them to take action by getting in touch with you. 20% off for all local businesses !

Web design

Big Rocket
Big Rocket is a leading Web Design & Branding Agency that takes businesses to infinity and beyond. With over 10 years of experience, we are experts in taking brands to a happier, more profitable place. Big Rocket are experts in Web Design & Development, SEO, Digital Marketing E-Commerce and Branding.


Inca Design
Starting a new business? We’re a leading graphic design agency situated in the heart of Hampshire’s Meon Valley. Nurturing long term relationships, we create innovative design campaigns for dynamic marketing strategies using unique digital & print solutions.


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 weekendsevenings. 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.


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


Winchester Rotary
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.


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.


TLC Business
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.


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Office Services

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

Start-up articles

100's of free startup articles

We have created a collection of 100s of startup articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'articles' at: How to start a business