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Places for Business Support

The majority of business financing organisations (see 'Financial Support') offer business support alongside the provision of monetary funds. For instance, successful applicants of the New Enterprise Allowance are offered a business mentor for up to 52 weeks to assist in the process of setting-up a new business.

There is also certain organisations who specialise in offering business support and are the best places to go when in need of advice ...

Enterprise First

New Forest District Council have partnered up with Enterprise First to allow New Forest residents to have 90 minutes of free one-to-one business support at either the aspiring entrepreneurs place of work or other agreed location.

Topics like if the business idea is viable, the first steps, and possible funding or premises can be discussed.

Enterprise First also organises helpful events & workshops in Hampshire and has several useful resources on their website.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Enterprise First

In addition, NFDC & Enterprise First have collaborated to produce a local guide for setting up a successful business.

Visit to download a free pdf copy or complete a form to request a printed copy (again for free!).


EM3 Growth Hub

Enterprise M3 is one of a network of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) established by government around the UK. As part of each LEP is a growth hub which are designed to enable new or existing businesses to easily find the help they need.

New Forest is covered by two LEPs, so where your business is based will determine which growth hub to approach. Visit LEP Funding for more detail.

Enterprise M3 offer multiple channels of communication to seek advice from their Business Support Advisers, and if your business works within one of EM3's priority or niche sectors a dedicated Growth Champion may be assigned as part of a tailored growth service to you.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

EM3 Growth Hub


Solent Growth Hub

The other LEP that covers New Forest is Solent LEP, visit here to see the split in coverage area LEP Funding.

Similar to EM3, Solent offers the ability to talk to a business support expert, and offers signposting to to external support organisations and funding.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Solent Growth Hub



Apprenticeships & Job Opportunities Support

In May 2017 the government brought in numerous changes surrounding apprenticeships and their funding.

Non-levy paying employers (those with a wage bill of less than £3 million) will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called 'co-investment'.

These employers will pay 10% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum.


Further support is provided by government through the Small Employer Offer, which aims to create more job opportunities for disabled people and people with health conditions.

The help on offer is varied and can include a payment of £500 to the small employer to manage any on-going needs.

For further information on this scheme see adobe icon Official SEO Flyer [73kb] or contact Hannah Burrows (Small Employer Advisor for Hampshire & Dorset) via email or 02380 538310


Wheatsheaf Trust is a charity aimed at helping anyone who needs support, including those of any background or age struggling to enter the labour market.

Currently the trust offers local businesses across South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight salary free work placements, whereby a local business gives a local unemployed person the chance to prove themselves while Wheatsheaf pick up the wage.

For further information click here


Local Networking Groups

Often the best people to gain advice from are those that have experienced the decisions and situations you are encountering, and attending local networking groups can be a great place to come into contact with these type of people.

Within New Forest District there is a host of local networking groups, each full of local entrepreneurs with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

To name a few - BNI Furlong (Brockenhurst), Forest Entrepreneurs (Lymington), Fore Business New Forest (Bramshaw Golf Club), Just Networking (Lyndhurst), New Biz (New Milton), New Forest Business Partnership (New Forest), Waterside Network Group (Butts Ash, Hythe)

All offer a range of events from breakfasts to evening coffee meetings to expert workshop events



The Department for International Trade (DIT)

The DIT provides tailored support and advice for businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas.

Support is provided in the form of guides, events or meetings with trade advisors.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below



Business Support Helpline

Set-up and run by the government this helpline provides advice and signposting to aspiring entrepreneurs or existing business owners.

All support given is free through the helpline (although calling charges may apply). Web chat is also available.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Business Support Helpline


HMRC Small Business Online Forum

The Small Business Online Forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions, as well as help with starting a business, recruitment, importing & exporting, completing tax returns, and tax credits.

Officially launched in August 2017 the forum already has over 1,000 registered users.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below



Get Set for Growth

Providing support to both early stage and established businesses Get Set for Growth aims to tackle problems associated with business development (sales and marketing) and finance.

They offer a combination of Growth Programmes, 1:1 professional advisor support. and workshops, although the latter are often outside of Hampshire.

Also, as part of this establishment is GetSet Marine which launched in June 2017 and has its base in Southampton. This branch provides specialist services to the marine sector.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Get set for Growth


Prince's Trust

If your aged between 18 to 30-year-olds the Prince's Trust will help you turn your business idea into a reality through their Enterprise programme.

From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, the Prince's Trust can help you.

You can either sign up for their face-to-face programme or try their new, flexible online platform, with e-mentor support, to help guide you through all the key steps.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Prince's Trust





X-Forces provide mentoring, training and funding for those in the armed forces community looking to start their own enterprise.

Knowledge and skills on how to establish, run and expand a start-up from people with relevant experience can be gained.

In July 2017 X-Forces reached the milestone of helping 1,000 entrepreneurs.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

X forces



Wheels to Work

Residents of New Forest aged between 16 to 25 can take advantage of this moped loan scheme enabling people to get to work, training, an apprenticeship or interview if they have no access to private or public transport.

For businesses in remote locations within the district this could make finding employees much simpler.

A moped can be loaned for three months to a year, and the cost can range from £17 to £20.

For further information on this and more click on the logo below

Wheels to Work


Updated: 15 Mar 2018
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