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You might be interested in the following business information

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations. They hold over 100 events every year including an annual conference, networking opportunities and training.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Business Alliance

Provides simplified access to a range of information on support for businesses available both locally and nationally. The Alliance can provide guidance on exporting, training, growth, networks, mentors and general advice.

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub offers businesses in the Solent LEP area access to a range of information, advice and support services provided nationally and locally. Helping individuals, organisations and businesses to find funding, support initiatives and services that can best help them achieve their growth potential. The Solent Growth Hub is funded through the City Deal Programme, part of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Information last updated 11 August 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.