We support not for profit organisations in Hampshire and Portsmouth to deliver great services to local people and communities, and to speak up for the changes they would like to see. We have a particular expertise in enterprise and philanthropy and using our networks and resources to help local organisations make a greater impact. Our support covers training, consultancy, and information updates as well as help on topics such as how to find and apply for grants, how to set up and legally constitute a non-profit group and specialisms like community led planning and rural housing consultation. We also take on specific projects for example co-ordinating local activities under the government’s new Healthwatch scheme.
An A-Z of useful information for businesses in the UK.
If you’re starting up you’ll find information about your need to register your business, how to check if a name is available, when to file accounts, and lots more. All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House.
The main organisation for small business in the UK, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and small business owners within the UK. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
The Prince’s Trust operates an Enterprise Programme providing money and support to help young people start up in business. The site also features an “A-Z of Young Businesses”, and a Business Finder. Useful resources and links.
Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. An essential starting point.
Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) in the UK. The site contains lots of useful tools and links, including how to write a business plan. Registration allows access to more resources.
Many entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses forget about their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office helps you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention, no matter how big or small, from trade marks to patents, designs to copyright.