Local advice and support

Enterprise First

Gosport Borough Council works with Enterprise First, a not-for-profit company to provide free support for those looking to start a new business or develop an existing small business. For start-ups this includes:

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB is the largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. It has over 210,000 members across 33 regions and 230 branches. A subscription-based organisation, it offers a range of services to support business including tax and insurance services and 24 hours a day legal helpline.

As part of its membership benefits it offers a Start Up Business Advice service and a Business Creation package with a range of telephone and online support.

Gosport forms part of the FSB’s Wessex region, and is represented by the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Branch.

Gosport Informal Network (GIN) @ The Boat House

FREE networking club for people either running a business, or thinking of starting a business in Gosport.  It meets every 8-10 weeks on a Thursday from 0930-1200 at the Boat House in Gosport Marina.  Facilitated by Enterprise First and supported by Gosport Borough Council it is free to attend and all that is asked is that you purchase your own drinks and/or food, as required.

For more details see Gosport Informal Network (GIN) @ The Boat House on Eventbrite.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. As a private sector, not for profit Company they are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business. Basic membership starts from as little as  £100+  VAT.

Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs provides support, training and networking for small and growing businesses. Open to sole traders, franchises and businesses, Southern Entrepreneurs membership is free and provides access to a wealth of professional resources including training and networking events.

University of Portsmouth Purple Door

Purple Door provides a single point of contact for businesses looking to take advantage of the advice, resources, graduate recruits and research facilities available through the University of Portsmouth.  The University’s Business Enterprise Centre provides advice and support for start-up and small businesses, including networking and seminar events; knowledge transfer partnerships and student recruitment.

WSX Enterprise

WSX Enterprise has a start up programme covering areas relating to:

  • Developing your business idea to a clear plan for success
  • Understanding and complying with legislation and the taxman
  • Understanding finances and managing cashflow
  • Sales and marketing

It also provides start up loans of between £500 and £9,000.


X-Forces  delivers support, workshops, events, and access to seed capital for Service leavers, veterans, spouses, families, reservists and cadets who are pursuing enterprise.  It is also a partner in the Solent LEP’s Bridging the Gap – Armed Forces Fund grant – a competitive grant fund offering £5,000 to £75,000.

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