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Action Hampshire

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.


The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public/private partnership set up to support and sustain economic growth at a local level. Their vision is that Enterprise M3 will be: “One of the premier locations in the country for enterprise and economic growth, with an excellent environment and quality of life.” Enterprise M3 covers mid and north Hampshire and South West Surrey. It covers 14 district authorities across two counties and now includes the towns of: Alton, Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Bordon, Farnborough, Fleet, Hook, Petersfield, and Winchester.

Film Hampshire

Film Hampshire is the official film office for the county and their role is to promote Hampshire as a great film location, as well as providing film makers with a valuable free location finding service. They have 400 locations listed on their database, covering everything from country houses to parks, forests and beaches.

Hampshire County Council Tourism Section

The Tourism Section works closely with all local authorities in Hampshire and Tourism South East, the regional tourist board, to help ensure that tourism is supported throughout the county. The role of the Tourism section includes: Generating jobs and creating business opportunities Diversifying and supporting the local economy Offering a rewarding experience for the visitor and creating a positive image of the county Adding to the variety of local life and widening opportunities for culture and recreation

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service has a wide-ranging role in ensuring fair trading in Hampshire, by supporting the county’s businesses and protecting Hampshire consumers. This helps to provide a level playing field for all and allows consumers to have confidence in the local economy. We also have responsibilities concerning the health and welfare of livestock and plans are in place to prevent and contain disease outbreaks.

Invest in Hampshire

Why choose Hampshire? Located on the UK’s south coast, within an hour from London and well connected to Europe and the world, Hampshire offers world-class research facilities, a highly skilled workforce and an outstanding quality of life. Whether you are already in the UK or based overseas, setting up a new headquarters or launching a new business, we can help you.

Information last updated 14 June 2017

National information

Companies House

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. 

Federation of Small Business

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. 

Prince’s Trust

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. 

Setting up a business

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. 

Shell LiveWire

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. 

UK Intellectual Property Office 

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.