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Information for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

This page provides useful information to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs make up 99% of UK businesses and Hampshire County Council is fully committed to supporting its local businesses and SMEs. The Council currently spends around £402m with SMEs (61% of external spend) and £396m with Hampshire based businesses (60% of external spend). The Council continually aims to make its contracts accessible to SMEs and ensures that our procurement processes are fair, transparent and are open to all.

What is an SME?

Support for Hampshire Businesses

A unique Hampshire County Council support service for Hampshire's business community aimed at continuing to increase the reputation of Hampshire as a business-friendly location.

Hampshire Joint Working Opportunities

Hampshire County Council is working in partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary. Current tendering opportunities for all three organisations can be found using the link below.

South East Business Portal

The South East Business Portal provides further contracting opportunities for suppliers to engage with other local authorities across the South East region. It is free to register as a supplier and the portal has an alert service to let you know when new contract opportunities are posted which relate to the product/service areas you provide.

Financial Support

Find Government-backed support and finance for your business.

Free Training

Government funded e-learning course specifically aimed at SMEs.

Government Commitment

The Government is committed to making it easier for small businesses to grow and is building on the work of Lord Young (Prime Ministers advisor for Enterprise).This can be explored in greater detail in the document below.