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Start Your Own Business in Winchester

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Start Your Own Business in Winchester

If you are thinking about starting a business in Winchester or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

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 business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Winchester since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Winchester

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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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.

Advice

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.
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Accountancy

Oaktree Accountants Limited
Oaktree Accountants Ltd are a thriving local firm catering to the accountancy, taxation, payroll and advisory needs for businesses and individuals across Hampshire and the surrounding counties. With our excellent eye for detail, you can spend more time doing what you do best, run your business. Founded in 2003, Oaktree was built by our directors Sarah Robinson and Lucy Macginnis, who envisioned accounting without the jargon. They pictured a fresh, friendly and informal approach to accountancy which, in 2019, continues to put our clients at ease. We boast a diverse clientele of all shapes, sizes and industries, from young families to retired couples, from start-ups and sole traders through to partnerships and well-established limited companies. We pride ourselves on ensuring every client receives the upmost trust-worthy and professional advice tailored to their individual needs and their developing business goals. Working closely with the directors, our team strive to empower our clients and strengthen their confidence in running their business. We are committed to looking beyond the numbers so we can find them the best possible opportunities and give specialised business advice based on their accounts and projections. With our clients at the forefront of what we do, client satisfaction is integral to our work. Oaktree Accountants Ltd offer a friendly and welcoming service combined with a wealth of experience and extensive skillset to offer not just accountancy but advisory services. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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Bookkeeping

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
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Advice

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.
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Property

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
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Networking

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.
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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
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Networking

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.
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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.
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Design

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.
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Networking

FSB Wessex
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
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Accountancy

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.
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Directories

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
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Networking

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.
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Networking

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.
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Marketing

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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Directory

thebestofwinchester
thebestofwinchester is a comprehensive directory and information source. Advertising and listing opportunities exist for new and existing local businesses.
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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
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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps 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 'steps' at: Startup Steps