Start Your Own Business in Winchester

If you are thinking about starting a business in Winchester or would like to grow your exisiting business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Winchester contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable 'Start & Grow Your Business' book .

We have been helping new start-ups as well as exisiting business owners for the past 18 years and in Winchester since 2005.

Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful business information which we are happy to share with you free of charge.

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We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, we suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by having a look at the following pages:

If you offer services that could help local business owners, we would be happy to point them in your direction! Add your details (FREE!) here.

FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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Start Your Own Business in Winchester
Start Your Own Business in Winchester

This free 170 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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You are not alone!

Would you believe that despite all of the lumps and bumps in the economy, over 400,000 new businesses are formed in the UK every year?

According to Government figures/ almost 1,000 of these new start-ups are launched in the Winchester area!
It is easy to understand the appeal if you are currently stuck in a job that you hate and are being told what to do by a manager who you know really should not be in that position. But the same is true if you are unemployed and struggling to even get to the point that you can moan about your boss or if you have been made redundant by one of those ‘promoted beyond their ability’ types.

The world of business is rapidly changing and the digital revolution has accelerated the pace even more. This means that many of the conventional employment options are having to adapt or are disappearing altogether. There is no longer such a thing as a ‘job for life’.

Is it any wonder then that one in five of the working population are apparently dreaming of setting up on their own? The vision of working for yourself and being able to choose your working hours sounds idyllic but what is the reality?

Having run businesses for the bulk of my working life and I can wholeheartedly recommend the idea… as long as you are the right type of person! That undoubtedly means being prepared to step out of your comfort zone more often than you may like, to take calculated risks (which may not always pay off), to work longer hours than you would for an employee, and often for less money, particularly in the early days. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Winchester Informal Networking

Despite all of that, if you are doing something you love, you will get up in the morning with a spring in your step (even if you had been awake during the night wrestling with a business conundrum) and have the thrill of being in control of your own destiny.

Having made the decision to take the plunge, the next challenge is to ensure that your idea is sound and that it has a realistic chance of creating the (sustainable) income that you require. At this point, with a liberal dose of positive thinking and a bit of Internet research, it is easy to assume that your business is not going to be one of the many who do not reach their first birthday. The truth is ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.

Free Business Advice

At this point, can I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the help and support that is available in the Winchester area? You have nothing to lose apart from a little bit of time but everything to gain. Having an independent view of your proposal could make the difference between success and failure.

The good news is that Winchester City Council ( fund a free business support programme for local residents! This consists of monthly workshops covering relevant topics, informal networking once a month, and the opportunity to sit down for a 1-2-1 with an experienced business adviser.

Winchester Informal Networking

The networking meetings are held at Café Winchester in St Thomas Street and generally take place on the third Thursday of the month between 9am and 11am. It is popular but very informal. There is always someone to meet you and to make initial introductions so please do come along.

You can find out more from Enterprise First or book a place at one of the events via Eventbrite.

You can also get your hands on our free 170 page book entitled ‘Start Your Own Business in Winchester’ - this is available as a downloadable PDF or if you are a local resident or business owner you are also able to request a free printed copy.

One of the potential downsides of running your own enterprise is that you can sometimes feel a bit isolated but I hope that this article shows that you are not alone. Not only are there lots of other local people in exactly the same position as you but there is also a strong network of local support to help you on your way.


4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.bizevents. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

BNI Hampshire

BNI is a professional organisation that allows only one person from each trade or profession to join a chapter. With over 7,800 chapters, and 211,000 members, it is the most successful business referral organisation in the world and has been for over 32 years. Once you have joined, there is no conflict in passing leads, and none of your competitors can participate! Here is what some of our members say: “I was amazed to make my annual membership fee back within a month of joining BNI” HR, Southampton “17 years of BNI membership and I am still getting 55% of my business from it” Accountant, Fleet “A member from BNI in New Zealand contacted me to do some work for them on a house in Havant they had been left and wanted to sell. It turned in to 10 more referrals for my fellow members” Gardening Company, Romsey When starting my own business, I missed the support I used to get from my employer and colleagues. My BNI Chapter are now like my family - they motivate, inspire, encourage and challenge me. Therapist, Fareham


We are an established local firm of accountants who have served the small business community in Hampshire and the surrounds for many years. We deal exclusively with start up and young, growing businesses and have over 100 years of combined experience in this field. Consequently, we have little doubt that you will conclude we know all there is to know when it comes to providing sound advice and services to new entrepreneurs covering bookkeeping, accounting, business tax, company tax, VAT, payroll and all other relevant financial and corporate matters. What neither you or we know though is the most important thing of all - are we the type of people and personalities youd be happy to have on your team? Why not judge for yourself by meeting us for a free initial consultation; its the only way to find out and it wont cost you anything!

Digital House Marketing & Design Agency

A House Full Of Digital Marketing Experts…. Here at Digital House, we all love digital marketing! We’re passionate about doing it better than anyone else. With Digital House you don’t just get a design agency, you get a whole team of digital experts supporting the growth of your business in the right direction. We understand your business with a passion. Our team are dedicated to our promise of delivering an increase of enquiries and to building your business to the next level. The combination of our expertise and the way we work is what sets us apart from others. We’re refreshingly honest and our customers stay with us because they want to – we have no tie-in clauses. Based in Tadley near Basingstoke, covering North Hampshire. Free Digital Insight Workshop Free digital insight workshop to get more from digital marketing. We take the mist away from what is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), AdWords, Social Media, E-Newsletters, Google Maps and Google My Business, giving you plenty of tips on how to make digital marketing work for you. Venue: Our offices at Heath End House, Tadley, RG26 3SD Book now:

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber is a business support organisation. We assist businesses raise their profile, get connected to new customers and contacts, keep them up to date with relevant business information and are a voice for the business community at local and national Government level. We organise over 100 events ranging from speed networking, breakfast briefings on economic issues, behind the scenes visits, and workshops that enhance your skills. Call us for chat or have a look at our website.

Inspiring Enterprise

Inspiring Enterprise helps unemployed people and graduates in North Hampshire and South West Surrey develop the skills and confidence they need to build their own business or social enterprise. We understand that starting a business or community enterprise isn’t for everyone. But we also know there are people out there who just need a chance and have what it takes to make a success of their own life or change the lives of those around them. Being a socially funded project, we are required to have a few criteria for the people and projects that can receive our support.

Inspiring Enterprise Winchester

Can we help you launch your own business? Are you about to graduate or are you an out of work graduate? Do you dream of starting your own business? The University of Winchester can help. Our new Inspiring Enterprise project can offer taster sessions, individual advice, small group workshop sessions, training days, valuable meet-up clubs, helpful guides and much, much more, all for free!

Minerva Marketing

With more than 20 years’ experience as a Marketer, mostly in small and not-for-profit organisations, Claire prides herself on having a very practical approach to marketing strategy and planning. Since taking the decision to work freelance, Claire has worked alongside clients to – amongst other things – conduct marketing audits, plan new ventures and raise social media profiles. Claire is happy to work on a retainer, project or day-by-day basis, to fit around a clients’ needs. She will also offer a free initial consultation to help scope the possibilities. “I tend to find most of the clients I work with have come to the conclusion that they might need some marketing but don’t know where to start; that’s where I come in!” Claire says. “I love to be useful and it gives me a real buzz when I can make a difference.” Claire also has an address book full of specialist contacts, so if you need to call in a web-designer, photographer or printer, she will be able to make some recommendations. Claire is a History & Politics graduate who achieved the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Postgraduate Diploma in 2001. She is a Chartered Marketer. Get in touch with Claire by email: or phone: 07957 28811, or follow her on Twitter @MinervaMkting

Now Bookkeeping

We are two friends who have a passion for accounting and bookkeeping and a desire to provide a service that can help business owners save their precious time and gives great value. Each business needs are different and we like to tailor our services to suit your requirements. * VAT Returns * Bookkeeping * Payroll, PAYE and NI Returns * CIS Returns * Accountancy Services As On the Spot Accountants (OTS), Teresa specialises in the following: - Preparation and submission of financial and tax accounts - Tax advice and tax planning - Production and evaluation of business plans and funding applications - Cost control, cash flow forecasting and margin improvement - Financial processes, issue identification and resolution - Management accounting and reporting - Internal controls and audit of financebusiness processes


Do you have a business idea and passion that you want to turn into a reality? Are you currently self employed and need to update your knowledge about running your business? Radian EST invite you to ‘Go Your Own Way’! See our website for more details.

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub offers businesses in the Solent LEP area simplified access to a range of information, advice and support services provided nationally and locally. Helping individuals, organisations and businesses - from start-ups to established operations to find funding, support initiatives and services that can best help them achieve their growth potential.

Support on the Spot Limited

Support on the Spot are the only UK certified cloud provider to deliver a Complete cloud service. No matter what size of business you are, IT has become, for everyone, a necessary stress

Visual Assets

At Visual Assets we do branding, design & effective communications. As a creative partner, we work with forward-thinking businesses and organisations - helping them to communicate effectively and engage with their audience groups. We love our clients (and they love us!) Were all about long-term relationships, and are passionate about delivering outstanding creative and outstanding service. Its why weve been working with many of our clients for over 10 years. We work with: Corporates - providing responsive marketing support SMEs - as design consultants and an outsourced communications service Start-ups - as a single resource for all their design and marketing needs In a nutshell, we help our clients achieve their business goals through the effective use of design across all media. How can we help your business?

WIN @ Cafe Winchester (Winchester Informal Networking)

Do you run a business in Winchester, or are you thinking of setting up?? Come along to our FREE business networking club at Cafe Winchester, between 9am - 11am on the third Thursday of every month. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES BASED IN WINCHESTER, UK. We are an informal group, keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area. The events are held every month and are FREE to attend. All that we ask is that you purchase your own drinks andor food, as required.

Basepoint Networking Hub
The Networking Hub is a free B2B networking event hosted by Basepoint Winchester. The events are open to all kinds of business and our aim is to give all those that attend the opportunity to meet new people, to build on existing business relationships and to generate new leads. The format of the events are largely informal with a brief talk from a local guest speaker, a complimentary light buffet style lunch and plenty of opportunity to network with other attendees. Alongside this, Basepoint provide a business card prize draw and a business 2 business exchange facility in which attendees can promote their business to other attendees.

FSB Wessex
FSB Wessex is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Neil Eames Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

Hampshire County Council
Visit the business section of the Hampshire County Council website to find local support, Hampshire business directory, Hampshire Ambassadors, support for rural businesses, economic facts & figures, Invest in Hampshire, find a business premises. The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ 0845 603 5638

INCA Design Ltd
As a one stop shop and with over 15 years of professional creativity, INCA continues to deliver innovating marketing strategies and advertising campaigns to give life to your profits! Not only are established companies giving their brand an updated new look, resilient individuals who are embarking on new business start ups are also benefiting from the positive reinforcement that comes with fresh corporate identities and their corresponding marketing activities. INCAs Creative Services - Corporate Identity & Branding - Marketing & Promotional Material - Website Design & Development - APPs for Smartphones & Tablets - National & Local Advertising - Digital Media & e-Communications - Exhibitions & Display Stands - Stationery, Literature & Brochures - Packaging & Presentation Packs - Retail Design & Shop Fitting - Point of Sale Devices - Digital Photography - Eco-aware Approach 01489 878553

Studio Republic
Delivering an Ethical Search Engine Optimisation Strategy 07775658699

The Winchester Bookkeeping Company
The Winchester Bookkeeping Company offers bespoke, yet affordable professional bookkeeping services to small businesses in the Winchester area and throughout Hampshire. Services include bookkeeping, preparation of statutory accounts for small limited companies and self assessment tax for individuals and sole traders. Our objective is not only to help you keep your books, accounts and tax in order but also to provide a friendly and approachable environment in which you can seek practical support and advice to help your business grow and flourish. We understand that each business is unique and therefore tailor our service to your requirements and budget. Our support is flexible - we can do as little or as much as your require and are free to answer queries at weekendsevenings. We ensure our clients receive straightforward language and easy to understand advice. In short - We make Bookkeeping work for you! We are authorised and regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Contact us now via our website or on 07596 516670 for more details or to arrange a free no obligation consultations of your requirements. 07596 516670

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TLC Business
TLC Business is a marketing and design company based in Winchester and are specialists in marketing strategy, design, e-marketing, telemarketing, PR and event management for growing SMEs in the region. 01962 600 147

Winchester Business Centre
The Winchester Business Centre provides city centre office space and support for new and existing businesses in the area. Our services include use of our modern open plan office space, access to our 12 seat conference room complete with 50 01962 841000

Winchester Business Networking
Winchester Networking offer two friendly groups to professional business men and women from Winchester and surrounding areas. We have an exclusive womens group, Bright Phoenix, and also a mixed group for men and women. Each group hosts a lunch once a month at the Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester, overlooking Winchester Cathedral. Our is is to help our members build their businesses by sharing ideas and exchanging referrals, whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.

Winchester Rotary
Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their communities and around the world.

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