Business and Economy

Business Support Organisations

Business Link

Business Link is government's online resource for businesses. It is now enhanced with new, easy-to-use tools to help you start up, improve and grow your business.
Area: National

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

The premier lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues. Works with the UK government, international legislators and policy-makers to help UK businesses compete effectively.
Area: National

Enterprise First

Enterprise First is the biggest enterprise agency in the region, helping businesses in Hampshire (and beyond) to start up and develop.
Services include: free business advice from impartial advisors; workshops lead by business professionals; Blackwater Valley Business Network (BVBN).
Area: County-wide

Enterprise Europe Network

The world's largest network connecting your business to Europe. Help companies to improve, innovate and grow through partnership and expert advice. Offers a bridge to European opportunities, to save time, money and reduce risk, providing practical, hands-on support and information for South East businesses hoping to expand their business into Europe, wishing to develop technology partnerships or seeking funding and tender opportunities.
Services include: PartnerFinder, a FREE searchable database of some 13,000+ European Business opportunities where you can search for specific opportunities or add your own offer or request.
Area: Region-wide

European Information Service Centre

The European Information Centre is part of the 600 strong Enterprise Europe network and specialise in finding tenders for SMEs and then helping them to win them.
Services include: help in seeking business contacts in Europe; tender search service; funding opportunities; help with EU legislation.
Area: County-wide

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB):- Wessex Region

The Federation of Small Businesses exists to promote and protect the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms through lobbying, events and advice to its members.
Area: County, regional and national

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chambers is a newly-established organisation owned by the three main Chambers of Commerce in Hampshire, namely North Hampshire, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and Southampton & Fareham Chambers of Commerce. This partnership provides one point of contact with which to engage some 2,500 plus Chamber Members throughout Hampshire.
Services include: lobbying and representation; events; skills and training
Area: County and national

Institute of Directors (IOD) South

Aims are to provide the services required by members, support the development of corporate Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and be the voice of business leaders in the area.
Area: Regional

Get Mentoring

Get Mentoring, led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), will recruit and train thousands of business mentors in the UK from the small, medium and micro business community.
Area: National


Business mentoring scheme for SMEs in the south of England. It is a confidential service provided by the not-for-profit Mentor-net programme and volunteer Business Mentors, who are drawn from experienced members of the business community and the professions.
Area: Regional


Mentoring portal for businesses  seeking a mentor or wanting to become a mentor.
Area: National

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations. The website includes a popular Q&A section where business owners can ask questions to the wider community and get the answers they need.
Area: National

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. They help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Services include:
Enterprise Programme - Funding and support to help young people (aged 18-30) to start their own business. Low interest loan of up to £5000. From those who are unemployed (or working 16 hours a week or less) and are unable to obtain funding from other sources.
Team – a 12 week programme of personal development training for young people (aged 16-25). Join a team of up to 15 participants. Rebuild self-esteem and think about their futures. Run from over 300 locations around the UK.
Area: National

SETsquared Partnership

SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation. The Partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.
Services include:
Support services and office space; practical help from experienced entrepreneurs; help with access to funding; support to help companies develop traction overseas.
Area: County wide

South East Innovation and Growth Teams

South East Business Innovation and Growth provides focused innovation support for  companies in the South East, regardless of size or nature of business. Support is available through locally based Innovation and Growth Teams (IGTs); in Hampshire, these are West Surrey and NE Hants, Solent (South Hampshire, Winchester, East Hants, Test Valley) and Thames Valley (includes Basingstoke)
Services include: workshops, on-site consultations, seminars and training programs in the areas of securing new business and access to knowledge and research, etc.
Area: Regional

Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs is intended to benefit micro businesses and sole traders.
Services include: training; peer support network; networking events; access to professional advisors; analysis of training needs; help with business needs.
Area: Eastleigh and surrounding area

StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.
Area: Nationwide