Networking and Training

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 www.enterprisefirst.co.uk by calling 01252 319 272 or emailing info@enterprisefirst.co.uk.

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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 www.hampshireiowsustainablebusiness.co.uk/events/

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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 www.sparsholt.ac.uk/employers/

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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.

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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.

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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 csprotection.admin@hantsfire.gov.uk.

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Other Business Training Courses and Networking opportunities

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce have local events and training on their website
Get your Business online for £1 for information about growing your own business
Enterprise first run training, workshops and advice sessions in the Hampshire area
International Trade Forum (see flyer below)

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