Business Advice

Starting a business? Free face-to-face advice available in Gosport

Gosport Borough Council partners with Enterprise First to provide Gosport residents that are looking to start their own business with access to free face-to-face accredited adviser support.

The adviser will take you through a Business Toolkit including a business plan, cash flow forecast, profit and loss forecast and a personal survival budget as well as evaluating various factors that will help ensure the survival of your business.  In addition the adviser can also talk to you about financial support, including low cost start up loans.

Start and Grow – helping start-ups flourish

The Start and Grow programme delivered by Enterprise First is aimed at people who have yet to start their business but are looking to achieve high growth and create employment opportunities from an early stage.  The support offered is tailored to the individual needs of the business owner and the business idea, but will include:

  • one-to-one support and advice
  • workshops and training
  • mentoring
  • help finding funding

The one-to-one support and advice sessions and mentoring can be either face-to-face at a mutually convienent location in Gosport, or by telephone and arranged by contacting Enterprise First’s head office on:

  • 01252 319272; or
  • 0800 652 6254

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub also provides advice via its online portal and telephone helpline – 01329 820898. Other information on other sources of advice and support are available via Local Advice and Support

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HMRC provides a comprehensive online service for employers and businesses, including information on Starting a Business.

Business Advice for Social Enterprises and Mutuals

The following websites are aimed at those businesses that trade for a social and/or environmental purpose. Social enterprises bring in most or all of their income through selling goods or services.  They have clear rules about what they do with profits, reinvesting these to further the ‘social mission’.  Social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes from large national and international businesses to small community based enterprises.

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