Chantal Harvard, Manager of the Eastleigh Business Centre, unveils Platform 4 at yesterday's Eastleigh Business Conference
A new advice service for companies across Eastleigh Borough was launched at the Eastleigh Business Conference yesterday (Wednesday 25 June).
Platform 4 Business Advice is a free, one-stop service supporting newly formed or established companies. Business people contacting the service will be able to live-chat with a business advisor between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside business hours, users can post an enquiry that will be dealt with on the next working day.
The service, commissioned by Eastleigh Borough Council’s Economic Development team, helps companies access relevant programmes, initiatives or funding schemes currently on offer.
Key features of Platform 4 include: support for start-ups, downloadable business guides and templates; access to Companies House and HMRC documentation; events information and the latest business news. Users can also join discussion groups or even set up their own networks.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Councillor Derek Pretty, said: “Eastleigh has already been voted a business-friendly location and the Platform 4 service is part of the ongoing support we provide to promote prosperity in the Borough. We are sure that businesses will find it a valuable resource.”
Businesses can register at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/business/platform-4 by using the live chat. When registering users can also opt in to receive information from the Council about business support services, events, consultations, news and legislation.