Small business support service for Winchester area

Press Release: 18/11/2014

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Winchester City Council is working with Southern Entrepreneurs to offer small business owners and sole traders in the Winchester District a wealth of business expertise and assistance.

This business support service called Southern Entrepreneurs is free to join and its mission is to provide accessible support to local businesses and help them learn, network, connect and grow.

Southern Entrepreneurs is provided by Eastleigh Borough Council and offers a wide range of services and resources to help improve local business. These include discounted and subsidised training programmes, free business events, free networking events, executive club membership, free monthly business magazine subscription and one-to-one support and guidance from in-house experts.

There has been an overwhelming response from local businesses who wish to be part of this growing community. Membership numbers have risen to over 1,000, with over 250 members based in the Winchester District, in only a few years.

The Southern Entrepreneurs’ website, www.southernentrepreneurs.com, shares useful information and knowledge with local businesses. The website is fully interactive and lists upcoming events; training programmes and a networking events calendar, both with an online booking facility; latest business news in the blog section; “Ask Anne”, direct contact with business experts providing bespoke advice; case studies and testimonials.

In addition to this, a bi-monthly member newsletter is distributed. Members can keep up to date with the latest business information, top business tips and some hard business facts and figures. A monthly e-shot is also sent to local non-members so they can see how they could benefit from the wide range of services offered should they choose to join.

Winchester City Council’s Leader, Cllr Robert Humby, said:

We are delighted to support the provision of this service in the Winchester area. The Southern Entrepreneurs service is one of many business support initiatives introduced by my administration to help business in the Winchester District to thrive and prosper. We also offer a package of grants for businesses and employees entering the work place, support for the District’s market towns and signposting to various services, support and advice organisations.

Rob Grover, from the Winchester-based business Yuno Media, added:

Southern Entrepreneurs is where we started as a business. We were looking for free networking events, which seemed to be hard to come across. As a start-up company we had a very limited budget for any marketing. Their team helped us out a huge amount with their great knowledge and experience in business. The guest speakers have all been fantastic and from a start-up point of view, we have learned so much, from marketing to motivation. Within two months of networking with Southern Entrepreneurs we moved into our first office space as we had the confidence that we had the start of a brilliant brand.

For more information on becoming a Southern Entrepreneurs’ member, or to discuss some of the business challenges you are facing, contact Ann Dawson on 023 8068 8334 or email connect@southernentrepreneurs.com