Business and Arts Advisory Service

Business support service
Networking events available


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

The business support service offers help with writing business plans, securing funding or advice regarding expansion.  Funded by Winchester City Council the free service aims to remove the barriers that stop people from starting and growing a business in the District. 

  • Networking

    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.

    The next informal networking event date will be held on Thursday 16 August from 9am to 11am, at Cafe Winchester, 28-29 Saint Thomas Street, Winchester SO23 9HJ. Visit to book your place.


These training courses are available and can be reserved by ringing 01252 319 272 or by e-mailing

  • How to get your online branding right from the start - Wednesday 26 September 2018

    Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm      

    Location: Winchester Discovery Centre

    Varsha Amin is a Winchester based branding expert who has worked for some of the world’s largest online names. In this informative workshop, she will be sharing some valuable top tips to help you establish an effective Internet presence for your business.

  • A little marketing goes a long way - Tuesday 9 October 2018

    Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm      

    Location: Winchester venue tbc

    Are your marketing efforts working hard enough for your business? Are you targeting the right audience and getting the best return?  If you would like to really step your marketing up a gear come along to the workshop and:

    - Learn how to write a marketing plan

    - Identify key sales benefits

    - Identify your target audience

    - Hints and tips to stay one step ahead of the competition

  • HR - the nuts and bolts for small business owners - Wednesday 17 October 2018

    Date: Wednesday 17 October

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: Arlebury Park, Alresford

    HR - the nuts and bolts for small business owners

  • Bookkeeping and tax for the busy business owner - Wednesday 28 November 2018

    Date: Wednesday 28 November 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm   

    Location: Winchester Discovery Centre

    • Always been slightly nervous of how to keep accounts?
    • Want to learn how to keep clear records for your Tax Returns?
    • Want a better financial understanding of your business?
    • Love to be able to identify when the business is doing well, and how best to react to it?

    If you’ve answered yes to some or all these questions then this is the workshop for you.

    With a friendly and hands-on approach, this workshop aims to guide your through the following topics to help you to have a clearer understanding on how to manage your accounts

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  

This is a business advisory service and is not able to critique your creative work.