Information, support and advice

Enterprise First

New business support service

Winchester City Council and Enterprise First are providing a new business support service to offer help, advice, networking, training and mentoring opportunities to start ups and existing businesses. This programme will provide businesses with a range of support services that will enable them to access finance, have a meeting with a business adviser and network with their peers. This service will aim to remove barriers to businesses through a combination of workshops, roundtables and focus groups.

The service is free to Winchester based businesses. More information about the service can be found at by calling 01252 319 272 or emailing

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 buiness 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.