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 you 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 networking meeting will be taking place from 9am to 11am on Thursday 18 January at Cafe Winchester.  Please book your place via Eventbrite.


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

  • Managing your cash flow - Friday 26 January 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0HN

    Despite the fact that cash is the lifeblood of a business, the fuel that keeps the engine running, most business owners don’t truly have a handle on their cash flow. Make sure that you are not one of them.

  • A little bit of marketing goes a long way - Friday 23 February 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: Alresford Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9EP.

    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.

  • How to make social media work for your business - Thursday 1 March 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: Winchester TBC

    Ways to get the maximum benefit from social media without it swallowing up all of your time.

  • Work ON your business not IN it - Wednesday 28 March 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0HN

    We get so caught up in the daily life of running a business, it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. Take a step back and see whether you’re missing chances to make meaningful changes to your business.

  • Book keeping - Friday 27 April 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester SO23 0HN

    With a friendly and hands-on approach, this workshop aims to help you to have a clearer understanding on how to manage your accounts.

  • Selling Skills – Taking the fear out of selling
- Friday 25 May 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: Denmead Community Centre, Denmead, PO7 6LU

    Most people who have a fear of selling just don’t understand what selling really entails. Selling is not about making people buy something they don’t want or need (Richard Denny). Come and learn how to make more customers want to buy from you.

  • How to make your website work for your business - Friday 29 June 2018

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Location: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 0HN

    Are you building your own website or want to make sure your web designer is doing his job? Marketing Consultant Jane Buswell takes you through the tips and tricks of making your website work harder. She will be covering: Thinking about your target market; Differentiating yourself; What sort of language and images to use; Calls to Action; Content Marketing; Linking with social media; Gaining a basic understanding of search engine optimisation; Ways to check if your website’s working properly; Techniques for better lead generation; Legal requirements.

Enterprise First would like to hear from businesses about any other training needs required.  Please 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 work.