Organisations offering help and support for you and your business.
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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.
Enterprise Business South
If you are thinking of starting your own business, or are looking for support to help your business grow, Enterprise South has introduced new support packages which will provide you with 12 months support, free for residents and business owners in Rushmoor.
You will receive:
- An initial one-to-one introduction to discuss your business
- Access to your own business adviser for 12 months
- Access to free workshops and master classes
- Free business toolkit and templates
- Business guides
- Ongoing support via email and Zoom for a full year
All you need to do is contact Enterprise South, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 2253130.
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 M3 Growth Hub
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub provides expert advice and resources to help businesses grow through tailored support from a Business Support Adviser. In addition to providing general business advice they offer a range of specialist support programmes
- Peer-to-peer networks - delivered locally at no cost to business EM3 create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.
- Growth Service for priority or niche sectors - a personal service connecting businesses with experts to help their growth plans. This includes a dedicated Growth Champion, bespoke business growth plans and a range of resources and expert services
Digital Business Acceleration Hubs
The SETsquared partnership through the University of Surrey, offer business incubation services to digital SMEs. This is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Please visit the SETsquared website for more information about how they can help your business.
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.
Are you interested in starting your own business or becoming self-employed? If you are unemployed or don't work, Inspiring Enterprise can help you start your own business by providing free business advice, mentoring, training courses and support.
Business Support Helpline
Backed by the UK government, the Business Support Helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. Call today on 0800 9981098. For more information please visit the Business Support Helpline website.
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 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.
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: email@example.com or visit the European Information Service Centre website.
Websites and guides offering advice and support
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.
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.
Small Business Charter
Their website Small Business Charter offers advice, business tips and support from the experts in business schools