Information, support and advice

Enterprise First

Win up to £10,000 of office space and support with the Scale-up Stars of the Future business competition.

If you're an innovative SME looking to build on your success, this is a great opportunity to be recognised for your efforts and get the support you need. To mark the 30th anniversary of Oxford Innovation, this  UK-wide competition is being run to identify the next generation of exciting growth businesses.

More information and to submit an application please click here.  Applications must be in by 14 August 2017.

New business support service for Winchester businesses

Winchester City Council is working with Enterprise First to introduce a business support service for businesses located in the Winchester District. The service will provide one to one business advice, training, networking and mentoring.

Businesses who are keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area are invited to come along to the informal networking. The events are held every month and are free to attend although businesses will need to purchase their own drinks and food, as required.

Networking events will be held between 9am and 11am at Café Winchester (28-29 St Thomas St, Winchester SO23 9HJ) on the third Thursday of every month. You can book for the networking here:

The first free training courses are listed below:

How to Make Social Media Work for your Business
Date: Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 10am to 1.30pm
Location: Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5AL
Description: Ways to get the maximum benefit from social media without it swallowing up all of your time.

Start Your Own Business
Date: Friday 15 September 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Winchester University Business School, West Downs Campus, Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5HT
Description: Improve your chances of start-up success by understanding the key steps that need to be taken to get your business up and running.

Book Keeping
Date: Friday 29 September 2017
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0HN
Description: With a friendly and hands-on approach, this workshop aims to help you to have a clearer understanding on how to manage your accounts.

Do You Need More Hours in the Day?
(Time Management)
Date: Friday 27 October 2017

Location: Winchester

How to Make Your Website Work For You
(Inc. SEO)
Date: Friday 17 November 2017

Location: Bishops Waltham

New Year Business Planning
Date: Friday 15 December 2017

Location: Winchester

Managing Your Cash Flow
Date: Friday 26 January 2018

Location: Winchester

A Little Bit of Marketing Goes A Long Way
Date: Friday 23 February 2018

Location: Alresford

Work ON Your Business Not IN It
Date: Friday 30 March 2018

Location: Winchester

Book Keeping
Date: Friday 27 April 2018

Location: Winchester

Selling Skills - Taking the Fear Out of Selling
Date: Friday 25 May 2018

Location: Denmead

How to Make Social Media Work for your Business
Date: Friday 29 June 2018

Location: Winchester

All events are free and spaces can be reserved by ringing 01252 319 272 or by e-mail:

Enterprise First, are putting together a training schedule and are interested in hearing from businesses about their training needs, contact Andy Pringle, Business Development Manager at Enterprise First, at to give your suggestions.

One to one business support
Appointments for one to one business advice can be made by contacting Enterprise First on 01252 319 272 or emailing

The Entrepreneur Handbook

The Entrepreneur Handbook is a UK information website providing expert advice and guides on every aspect of starting and growing a business including sales, finance, marketing and much more.

Go to the website for more information:

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub provides free, expert advice and a resource network for new and existing businesses including signposting to a range of business services, information on starting and growing your business and access to a Business Support Helpline.


Solent Growth Hub

If your business is located in the south of the Winchester District you may be eligible for help from the Solent Growth Hub, a ‘One Stop Shop' that helps business navigate its way through the complexity of growth initiatives, and promotes growth opportunities to help unlock business finance options.

The Business Growth Helpline offers businesses access to free help, expert advice and specialist services:

  • Signposting by phone or in person to address your business growth needs
  • Referrals to local and national schemes supporting business growth
  • Growth Audits and expert growth advice to assess growth options and unlock finance
  • Connecting to B2B support groups and organisations
  • Visit or call 01329 820 898 for more information


The GREAT Way to Grow

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a guide for small businesses with advice from other SME's.
The Guide compiles a selection of invaluable pieces of business advice, hints and tips from 34 hand-picked remarkable small British businesses and top entrepreneurs who each reveal handy hints which they believe are pivotal to their success.

Click here for more information.

Funding Circle

A peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses get fast business loans and investors earn great returns on their investments. Funding Circle has funded over £570m in business loans so far. For more information you can visit their website

Starting a business?

Need some help and support? 

  • Involved in the tourism industry? Check out the Visit Winchester website
  • Some local financial, legal, marketing, HR and planning firms offer free initial consultations. Please email if you need help in one or more of these areas and we can provide you with a list of firms to look into contacting.
  • Go to the Government's portal for all business advice and support at Great Business
  • Experience the Growth Accelerator (download PDF below)
  • Support for new high tech, high growth businesses with the Catalyst Centre
  • Make use of Connect 2 Innovate coaching, mentoring and specialist support (download below)
  • Make sure you get the business rates relief you are entitled to
  • Business Education and Entrepreneur Resources has useful articles on market research and project management
  • Visit HMRC for a range of Webinars (online seminars)
  • Find a business mentor. You could go to The Business Mentors or Mentor-net
  • Do you want to profit more from your ideas? Visit Enterprise M3 for business support
  • Information, loans, grants, advice and support from Solent Growth Hub
  • Small business support available from FSB
  • Sustainable Business Network for leaning about environmentally friendly business practices
  • Life Coach Directory for business owners, managers, employees or individuals looking for a new job or career
  • Get Set for Growth offers a free business plan and template
  • Have a look at the Arts Advisory Service which provides a free advisory service for arts practitioners based in the Winchester area
  • Green Impact brings together students and staff to green campuses, curriculums and communities

Need to find a business?

For local Trading Standards approved traders, go to the Buy With Confidence web pages (see external links below).

The local branch of the Hampshire Chambers of Commerce holds a member directory.

Armed Forces Community Covenant

Winchester City Council has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant for the Winchester District. We want to encourage all our local businesses and employers to consider how they can help our armed forces in their local area.

For more information go to

Call 01509 233 446 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) and a member of the Defence Discount Service Team will assist.