Networking and Training

European Social Fund contracts

Sparsholt College, Brooklands College, Basingstoke College of Technology, Farnborough College of Technology and Guildford College have been jointly selected to deliver three European Social Fund contracts for the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Enterprise M3. The contracts will provide £1,750,000 of training to support the needs of local employers, their employees and those who have been made redundant living within the LEP Local area, situated along the M3 corridor - from South and West Surrey through much of Hampshire to New Forest.

Eligible businesses, their employees and individuals who have recently experienced redundancy can benefit from free training, tailored to their specific needs. Flexible training is available and participants can select nationally recognised qualifications or a tailored programme directly relevant to the workplace. Previous programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.

Businesses can contact the ESF team on 0845 850 0916 or for more information.


Southern Entrepreneurs

By joining Southern Entrepreneurs your business can benefit from free networking opportunities and low-cost training. Membership is FREE and is open to both new and established businesses with less than 25 employees.

The benefits include:

• regular networking events
• professional training courses at a heavily-subsidised rate of just £35 plus VAT
• featuring in an on-line business directory
• a monthly newsletter
• support and advice from Southern Entrepreneurs’ Business Centre Manager, Chantal Havard.

Chantal Havard can be contacted on 023 8068 8334 or email

To find out more visit:


The Sustainable Business Network

The SBN meets quarterly to bring together engaged and like-minded businesses in an informal setting to consider sustainability issues. To view upcoming dates and topics visit


Sparsholt Business Training

Sparsholt College provides training to business, industry and employers, offering professional accreditation courses as well as one-day workshops and training courses.

SMEs who don't have enough staff to warrant a specialist course can benefit from workshops and courses with individuals from different sectors and industries, where they can share ideas and best practice with colleagues and bring that back to the workplace. For larger groups, courses can also be run in the workplace.

Professional qualifications are delivered in small groups by experienced trainers, working to industry body accreditation standards, which are externally verified for quality assurance. A wide range of courses cover a variety of industries.

To find out more and view the current training calendar go to


Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs

Social enterprise means generating your own income through selling your services and or expertise. The income derived is reinvested in your charitable or social purposes. Action Hampshire gives information and support to social enterprises and also run the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Action Hampshire understand that the business development needs of social entrepreneurs are very similar to those of private entrepreneurs but there are also key differences such as legal structures available. For further information, please contact Action Hampshire.


South Hampshire PA Network

SHPAN is a network of Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Virtual Assistants and Office Managers from all sectors who work in the southern half of Hampshire. Informal events are held 4-5 times a year, and members stay connected through social media. Find out more in the attachment available to download at the bottom of this page.


Other Business Training Courses and Networking opportunities

  • International Trade Forum (see flyer below)

You might also be interested in business training courses at the local colleges in the area:


The Flourishing Business Network

The group has been really successful since it was set up and there have regularly been 15 – 20 women attending. The group meets in the Somerset Room at the Velmore Centre, Falkland Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3GY. The Centre has free parking at the back and there is also a shopping area within a very short walk that has additional parking. The Centre is conveniently located a short drive from Junction 13 of the M3.

For more information please visit or contact Tina Campbell: 07791 983 965


Business Fire Safety

Does your business comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? Are you aware of your responsibilities as a business owner? Read the attached document below or to find out more visit Hantsfire's webpage or contact