Business help and support

Organisations offering help and support for you and your business.

Businesses thrive when they get the support and information they need.

Tell us how we can help your business

We want to support local companies to make sure they, and in turn the Rushmoor area, thrives.

So we can do that, we want to understand more fully how we can help local businesses. We would also like to help create opportunities for local companies to be able to do business with each other.

Please let us know what you think we need to do to help local businesses.

Organisations that offer business support

The following organisations offer a range of business support, whether your business is starting out or you need help with marketing, employing staff or managing business finance.

Aldershot Enterprise Centre

Aldershot Enterprise Centre has more than 30 affordable office spaces available, from 150 sq ft  to more than 1,000 sq ft.

There is also co-working space for start-ups and freelancers.

Licence agreements are available to suit your needs.

The Aldershot Enterprise Centre has high-speed broadband, with network points to each workspace.

There are no utility bills or business rate charges - the price you pay is inclusive.

You are also given access to finance, professional development workshops, networking breakfasts and one-to-one mentoring.

For more information visit the Aldershot Enterprise Centre website.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public/private partnership set up to support and sustain economic growth at a local level. For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 website.

Enterprise First

Provides support if you are thinking of starting a business or are already running a small business in Rushmoor. For more information, visit the Enterprise First website.

Federation of Small Businesses

The UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small business owners. For more information, visit the Federation of Small Businesses website.

Business Link helpline

The Business Link helpline provides a quick response service to people with questions about starting or running a business and those who are unable to find the support they are looking for online.

It helps pre-starts, new start-ups and existing businesses to identify what advice they need and to get fast access to online support and/or access to trusted business experts at a national and local level.

It also offers a  specialist business advice service. For businesses that are in need of additional help, or who have more complex issues, this targeted service provides those meeting specific criteria with more personalised and in-depth advice through a small team of business support advisors (BSAs).

Business Link contact details

Telephone 0300 456 3565 or text phone 0208 742 8620 - 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Sustainable Business Partnership

Offers free advice and support to help businesses become more sustainable. For more information, visit the Sustainable Business Partnership website.

North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce promotes and organises local business activities through offices in Rushmoor, Hart, Basingstoke and Winchester. For more information, visit the North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce website.

The Chamber can also help your business to trade overseas.

International trade is key to the growth of UK exports and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce provides a comprehensive service to help businesses export, including International trade documentation, supported by its Basingstoke and Fareham offices.

It has close working relationships with overseas chambers and trade agencies and works in partnership with UK Trade and Investment.

To find out  how the chamber can help you grow your business overseas, contact Wendy Brown on 01256 338478 or email wendy.brown@hampshirechamber.co.uk or visit the Hampshire Chamber International Trade website.

International Trade Forum

About the International Trade Forum

The International Trade Forum (ITF) is an association of businesses and support organisations in central southern England with an interest in the expansion of the UK's international trade. These include chambers of commerce, Enterprise Europe Network, UK Trade and Investment and the Institute of Export. The forum is a platform for discussion, networking and support on issues affecting global trade.

The aims of the International Trade Forum

The aims of the forum are to promote, encourage and stimulate trade, helping companies in the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey and M3 corridor to develop and increase the volume and efficiency of their import and export activity.

Benefits of the International Trade Forum

  •  Regular meetings on topical subjects and networking opportunities
  •  Access to high quality speakers who are experts in their area of international trade
  •  Information and debate on the latest events affecting international trade
  •  Access to key international trade support professionals - chambers of commerce, service providers and government bodies
Membership of the International Trade Forum

Membership is welcomed on a corporate basis from companies and organisations involved in international trade and from the service providers who support these fields of activity.

There are two categories of membership: exporters and service providers.

Exporters are producers who export, or are service businesses whose main international trade activity is selling their services abroad.

Service providers are banks, freight forwarders, legal firms, accountancy firms and consultants whose main interest at the ITF is making UK businesses aware of the services they offer to exporters.

Corporate membership for exporters

  •  Free of charge for exporters with one to ten employees
  •  £10 for exporters with 11-100 employees
  •  £20 for exporters with more than 100 employees

Membership fees for service providers

Membership fees for service providers are £20, £50 and £100 for the above employee brackets respectively.

Entry to the events is £5 a person for members and their guests, and £10 a person for non-members.

To keep a suitable balance of exporters and service providers, the International Trade Forum encourages all members, and particularly service providers, to invite one or more of their exporting (or importing) clients to its meetings.

International Trade Forum events

Events are usually in the early evening, but occasionally as breakfast meetings at interesting locations in north Hampshire, Surrey or Berkshire, and with guest speakers who are experts in their field.

Leading businesses host the events, which offer exporters an ideal opportunity to network and to discuss topics and problems of common interest.

Each event is advertised by email at least three to four weeks in advance, with instructions on how to book and with a cut-off date (for catering) which, depending on the venue, is usually a few days before the event.

The forum tries to make each event topical, so the subjects are usually decided near the time. A list of events held over the last few years is available, giving a flavour of what the forum is and what it does.

The forum is administered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), a trading name of EISC Ltd, 53 Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2L.

 For more information, and/or a membership form, please contact: The Secretary, ITF c/o Eastgate International Ltd, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AT, United Kingdom;  email: eastgateinternational@btopenworld.com or visit the European Information Service Centre website.

Websites and guides offering advice and support

Great business

The government and other partners are working together to support new business start-ups and growth.

Their website, Great Business , has all the advice, inspiration and practical help you need to turn a dream into a working, profitable business.

There is also a useful pdf icon guide to the government's business services [8Mb], full of information on services the government can offer businesses.

From local to global - how to expand your business overseas

If you are looking to start exporting or expand to new markets, this government guide will help you with advice on finance, online exporting and top tips from experienced exporters. For details, visit the GOV.UK - from local to global website.

 

 
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