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, via the link above.

Business South

Gosport Borough Council partners with Business 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 arranged by contacting Business South via their website. You can also join their Enterprise Club that provides opportunities for peer networking and support.

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub also provides advice via its online portal and you can arrange to speak to a business support adviser via the Solent Partners website or call 02392 688055.

Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB offers a range of services to support start-up and small businesses, including online guides and a step-by-step guide to starting a business. FSB Membership provides additional benefits, with more details available via their website.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

HCoC’s Chamber of Solutions is their dedicated business support programme with online, in-person and peer-to-peer support to help you address the challenges that you face. Chamber membership provides additional benefits, with more details available via their website.


X-Forces supports armed forces community businesses, including free resources and guides to help you start a business. It can also provide access to funding and mentoring via the Government backed Start-up Loan scheme.


Government provided advice and support is accessible via its Business and Self-Employed web content, including a section on Setting-up.

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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