Business Advice

Starting a business? Free advice and support available in Gosport

Start Your Own Business in Gosport – free start-up pack and 180 page start your own business guide

Gosport Borough Council has partnered with Start Your Own Business to produce Gosport editions of its online information, free start-up pack and 180 page guide to starting a business in the UK.

Start Your Own Business in Gosport contains checklists, step-by-step guides and templates plus local information and contacts to help you start and grow your business.  You can download both the start-up pack and guide for free, or order a hard copy of the guide (charge applies), via the link above.

Enterprise South (previously known as Enterprise First)

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

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

  • 01252 319272; or
  • 0800 652 6254

Abri Housing Self-Employment Support

Abri Housing delivers a free self-employment programme called ‘Create’ that is available to any Gosport resident i.e. not just Abri Housing tenants. The programme includes business courses, support, mentoring and training covering the fundamentals of self-employment and what any new entrepreneur should ideally be considering at an early stage. It’s also suitable for those who may have already started up but need more guidance. It covers legalities, financials, marketing and branding, how to create a business model and how self-employment effects benefits.

For more details and to contact Abri Housing about participating in the programme please see their website.

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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