Business Support for Hampshire & Isle of Wight

WSX Enterprise offers practical business support programmes across the South of England from Kent to Cornwall, with a concentration around Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with many of our projects also working with businesses and research organisations across Europe.
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Aldershot Enterprise Centre was established by WSX Enterprise in Autumn 2014. The former officer’s mess has been converted into affordable, serviced office space, meeting/training room hire, business studio space and more.

Think you could benefit from the advice and support of someone with years of experience in what you’re trying to achieve? Our Mentor-Net team of volunteer business advisers offer mentoring services to help business owners and directors support their own development and that of their business.

The Inspiring Enterprise Programme will run until December 2018 and offers help to unemployed people from all walks of life progress from being out of work and into the future they want. We offer free support to help unemployed and out of work individuals as well as graduates develop the ideas, confidence, and skills needed to become self-employed or create a social enterprise.

The Chamber provides a range of programmes to help your business to grow successfully. Whether you are looking for help with marketing, access to business finance, trading internationally, advice on employing staff or developing a Business Plan, the Chamber will be able to point you in the right direction.

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The Solent Growth Hub Supports innovation, growth and enterprise in the Solent region by helping growing and ambitious businesses implement growth strategies.

Future South is a partnership of the Hampshire Chamber, the universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, IBM, Southern Water, Scottish and Southern Energy, Bouygues and 12 Local Authorities.

Hampshire Chamber Asian Network (HAN) is a newly-formed business network which is an integral part of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. HAN interprets ‘Asian’ in its broadest cultural sense and welcome businesses from all sectors, sizes and communities to become an active part of the network.

British Marine is a one-stop solution to grow your business, save cost and develop best practice. Around 1,600 companies in the leisure, superyacht and small commercial sectors enjoy the advantages of membership. This enables them to improve trading and drive new opportunities in their markets.

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British Marine can help in members in so many ways including:

Market Research – There is a wealth of data available and we can advise on bespoke research

Business planning – The team can help, through knowledge and data, to make decisions on where the next steps for your business are

Contacts & Introduction – It isn’t possible to send our databases of contacts, but we can help introduce to key people and point you in the right direction

Marketing – British Marine is a key communicator to industry, there are a number of means that we can promote your business whether you are selling the company or launching a new business.

Members of British Marine can benefit from one-hour free consultancy advice via our Dredging & Marine Works Consents Hotline.

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, we know how important it is to get the details right, first time.

That’s why our Technical team is on hand to support you. We can help you ensure that your business is being run in a safe and compliant manner. Our Technical team is on hand to answer any questions our members may have.

The Chamber provides a range of programmes to help your business to grow successfully. Whether you are looking for help with marketing, access to business finance, trading internationally, advice on employing staff or developing a Business Plan, the Chamber will be able to point you in the right direction.

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The IW Chamber provides international trade support to businesses throughout the Isle of Wight. We offer an online, postal and counter service with significant discounts for our members.

Would you like to be your own boss? Want to try something new? Maybe you’re partially retired, or looking for a new line of work after redundancy. If you’re over 50 you can get help, advice and guidance from the Chamber’s business mentors who can help you to take your idea to the next level.

Isle of Wight Chamber brings together young people between the ages of 11-24 with local businesses through the Chamber of Commerce network, to provide real meaningful understanding about business, jobs, careers and the exciting range of potential opportunities that exist for all young people, of all abilities, once they leave education.

We’ll help you drive down the costs of your operations, whilst increasing quality, productivity and innovation. Our consultancy, advice and training services cover everything from HR, employment law, and health and safety, to environmental strategy and productivity improvement.

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We are UK industry’s most trusted HR and employment law advice provider. Contact us today for employment law advice or to see how we can help you stay compliant and productive.

Our health & safety team is there to help you understand your legal obligations, the risks to your business, and the measures you need to put in place to ensure compliance and best practice. Whether you need to resolve a short-term issue or develop a long-term strategy, our knowledge and experience are invaluable.

From the shop floor to the boardroom, we work with businesses in all industries and of all sizes to kick-off or re-invigorate their Lean and Six Sigma initiatives. Through working with companies to work more efficiently, improve productivity and performance and manage people and change more effectively, our experts know how to embed innovation and boost competitiveness on the global market.

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

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Our Legal Protection Scheme gives you and your business access to a wide range of legal, GDPR and tax support – be it through our helplines, Online Legal Information Hub or our insurance protection.

Specially designed to meet all your day-to-day needs, FSB Business Banking provided by The Co-operative Bank, lets you focus on the most important thing to you, your business.

If you want to find new customers, deliver high-quality marketing campaigns and build your business profile, our business data services brought to you in association with Market Location and Thomson Local can help you achieve those objectives.

You will find us in the heart of all major cities and we continue to represent your point of view as a business leader both locally and nationally. Our objective is to ensure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community.

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The IoD has been supporting business leaders for over a century and our world-class professional development programmes are specifically designed around professional competencies. Our training is delivered by directors, for directors.

The Directors’ Advice Service provides IoD members with just that, free of charge. Our expert advice covers issues from raising finance to board appointments and shareholder disputes.

Need advice on writing a business plan, a statement for tender or using social media to market your business? Help on these subjects (and so many more) is available here, in our online resources.

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 147,000 members worldwide. We provide our members with knowledge and guidance and ensure ICAEW Chartered Accountants are meeting the highest ethical and technical standards. As financial experts, we act in the public interest offering insights into business and the economy that help to shape government policy and regulation.

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A wealth of information – click here to find full content organised by technical and business topics and access faculties.

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Industries and sectors Audit and assurance
Business resources Corporate finance
Corporate governance Ethics
Economy IT

Business South is an independent and influential organisation operating as a social enterprise. We connect leading employers to promote the place & Champion the economy in our region.

Our VISION is for the Business South region to be recognised nationally and internationally, as a preferred location of choice, able to attract and retain talent, driving increased opportunities for investment and business.

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The Business South Community Fund allows Champions to fund both small and large local projects in the communities that surround the businesses they own or manage. The idea is simple – we want to help businesses give back to the communities where they are based.

To make sure the Business South region and the companies based in it are best placed to secure competitive advantage through people, Business South has established a Human Resources Forum. It pulls together Human Resource professionals, academics and business people interested in the people agenda, with a view to driving change in the Region.

Discover Southampton was established in 2011 by Business South in partnership with Southampton City Council. As the official website for the city, it provides information for visitors as well as residents of Southampton, featuring events, activities and more in the city.

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