Business Support Organisations

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There are a wide variety of other organisations that can help give start up business advice or support and help to existing businesses. Please note the text is taken from the organisations’ website. Below you will find listed some of these along with links at the bottom of the page, which take you to their websites.

Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs is a non-profit making business support service based in Hampshire. Over the last decade they have helped hundreds of local businesses achieve success by giving them access to key business contacts and information.

Southern Entrepreneurs work predominately with small to medium sized businesses across the public and private sector. They support members to learn, network, connect and grow. SE is a member-led service – members work across a number of different business sectors, giving knowledge to understand your business and support your growth.

SE have built a strong community of like-minded business professionals who share knowledge, experience and best practice with the sole aim of achieving mutual success.

Catalyst Centre
The Catalyst Centre developed by the University of Southampton Science Park in association with SETsquared. The aim of the Catalyst Centre is to identify high quality, 'high tech', business propositions which are capable of significant growth and provide the entrepreneurs concerned with intensive support to enable their businesses to develop and flourish.

The Catalyst opportunity is open to any individuals or early stage companies with a 'high tech' business proposition; the selection panel will be looking for entrepreneurial flair and commercial aptitude. Businesses accepted into the Catalyst process will be resident in the Innovation Centre at Southampton Science Park and will benefit from being part of the Park's entrepreneurial community.

Chamber of Commerce
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. As a private sector, not for profit Company they are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business.

They hold over 100 events every year including our annual conference which strive to give all members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or promotional opportunities.

The Chamber also offers training services, international trade services, a host of membership benefits and member offers, and links to a variety of groups and committees including the Low Carbon Group, Southampton Connect, and the Hampshire Asian Network .

European Information Service Centre
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EISC Ltd provides a free basic search for ALL in the South East of England via the link on the right. In addition Southampton City Council, New Forest District Council and Fareham Borough Council work with us to provide an enhanced and detailed free search for individuals, Companies, Charities, Voluntary organisations and Public employees in those post code areas. This includes a helpline to talk you through the options. EICS also run free workshops which are publicised on their website.

Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. is an online hub of information with a specific section on Business and Self Employed. brings many of the government agencies, for example, business link together “under one roof”.

Trading Standards
Hampshire County Council’s trading standards service can offer help and advice to Eastleigh businesses. They run a variety of trading schemes and will be able to offer any business advice on how to comply with the trading standards laws.