Business support and advice

The following agencies offer training, advice and funding opportunities for businesses. Some organisations provide advice for all businesses, others specialise in start-ups or another aspect of business.

Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes.

Commercial Property Search

Invest in Portsmouth is a great website to help you find commercial property in South Hampshire and find out more about business in the local area.

Enterprise First

Enterprise First offers free advice for small start-up and existing businesses, business advice, business support, new company advice, business seminars, etc.

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme.

Solent Business Growth Network

SBGN is a group of independent business owners who have come together to support the development of new start-ups and existing small businesses within the Solent Region.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

The Solent LEP is the key interface and lead for economic development in the Solent. It is a partnership organisation between the business community, the Further Education and Higher Education sector, three unitary authorities, eight district councils and one county council, all of whom are actively working together to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent area. 

Additionally, the Solent Growth Hub can provide information, loans, grants, advice and support, specific to your business.

Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs provides unrivalled business support, training and networking for Hampshire businesses.

The Start Up Loans Company

The Start Up Loans Company work is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.


To speak with our Economic Development team, please contact us online or call 01730 234168.