Business news and information
Please see below all the latest business news and information for the borough.
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- £10 million escalator fund for SMEs in the M3 corridor
- Air, land and sea mentoring and coaching programme
- Basingstoke is on the map
- Bereavement information and training for your organisation
- Business coaching - Life Coach Directory
- Department for Work and Pensions launch Small Employer Offer to increase Disability Employment
- Employee volunteering
- Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator
- Enterprise M3 LEP launches their growth hub for supporting businesses
- Find Finance
- Free business mentoring
- Google Digital Garage
- Grow your business with new degree apprenticeships at the University of Winchester
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) business support
- Hampshire Chamber E-learning
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Hampshire Chamber support for International trading and export
- How to Sell Abroad - A guide to exporting
- Informi: talking small business
- Innovate UK Launches Open Sector Funding Competition Round 4 for Cutting Edge Innovations
- Inspiring social entrepreneurs in our region
- Launch of new EAFRD Calls
- LEADER rural funding programme
- Local colleges offer free training courses to help local businesses grow
- Loddon and Test Leader Programme - Free One to One Workshops - 'How to complete an Outline Application to the LEADER Grant Programme'
- New business services from the Chamber
- New programme to help businesses start and grow
- Protect your business - sign up for new @HCCyberProtect business channel
- Protecting British business from cyber attacks
- START2ACT Carbon Trust - funded energy efficiency support for young SMEs and start-ups
- Start Up Loans
- Trading overseas
- Woodland Carbon Fund
£10 million escalator fund for SMEs in the M3 corridor
More ambitious businesses from across parts of Hampshire and Surrey will be able to access vital funding to help them grow from today, as the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership launches a new £10million Funding Escalator.
For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub website.
Air, land and sea mentoring and coaching programme
The Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) funded programme offering free mentoring and coaching to the aviation, marine and engineering sectors across the south is now available. For more information contact WSX Enterprise on 01329 223293 or email Simon Milton.
Basingstoke is on the map
The latest Nesta report for Creative England highlights that Basingstoke is identified as a significant creative cluster with a high concentration of growth rate of creative businesses playing an important part in the UK economy. Read the full report below.
Bereavement information and training for your organisation
Cruse Bereavement Care – the leading National charity for bereaved people
Grief impacts on the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing of the person who is bereaved. At any time, one in 10 employees are likely to be affected (McGuinness, 2009), (ACAS 2014)
Cruse has been committed to helping bereaved people understand their loss and cope with their grief for over 50 years. Cruse provide training to organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
For further information or to organise bereavement training for your organisation please visit: http://www.cruse.org.uk/training or contact Cruse on 0208 939 9542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business coaching - Life Coach Directory
A business coach could help by offering an external, objective and constructive perspective of your situation. Business is an incredibly diverse subject and as such, different coaches specialise in different subjects. Where one might be an expert in public speaking techniques, another might be more accomplished in strategy and management.
Further information can be found at: https://www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk/articles/business-coaching.html
Department for Work and Pensions launch Small Employer Offer to increase Disability Employment
Are you a Small Employer (employing twenty-five employees or less) and not part of a franchise?
The Small Employer Offer (SEO) is a unique package of employment support for both employers and employees, and is a key part of the government’s aim to reduce the Disability Employment Gap.
This voluntary programme aims to increase local job opportunities for Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who have a Limited Capability for Work, by promoting the employment of disabled people amongst small employers and by encouraging local employers to become Disability Confident. To find out more about what support is available and how to qualify for your small employer payment please contact Janeene Ashcroft-Coe, Small Employer Adviser on JANEENE.ASHCROFT-COE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK
The Basingstoke Voluntary Action Volunteer Centre advertises a variety of locally-based volunteering opportunities. These may be of interest to companies who wish to achieve their CSR objectives. These include short term (8 – 16 hours) team-based projects, such as decoration of a room, garden clearance, a fundraising event etc., as well as individual opportunities to share specific skills, by eg setting up a simple database, offering training, or independently checking accounts. Further information can be found on the BVA website at www.bvaction.org.uk.
Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator
Managed by The FSE Group on behalf of Enterprise M3 LEP, the £5.5 million Funding Escalator is split as follows:
- £4 million Expansion Loan Scheme providing between £50,000 and £200,000 to established SMEs
- £1.5 million Growth Fund providing between £50,000 and £125,000 as an equity investment to earlier stage SMEs.
Enterprise M3 LEP launches their growth hub for supporting businesses
Aimed at businesses looking to succeed in the Enterprise M3 area, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub is an expert advice and resource network which helps business achieve results quickly through a personal, tailored service focused on Growth. More details:
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce can help you find, compare and apply for all types of business finance, from asset and property through to invoice and unsecured loans.
In collaboration with the Rangewell platform, they have access to thousands of loan products from over 260 lenders.
If you would like to chat with funding specialists about your business finance options, please enquire at: http://rangewell.com/hampshirechamberofcommerce.
Free business mentoring
Enterprise First can provide businesses with a free business mentor for up to 12 months allowing you to discuss your ideas, voice any areas of concern and benefit from their wealth of experience.. For more information visit the Enterprise First website, see their business mentoring flyer below or call 01252 319272.
Google Digital Garage
Google has created a free 'digital garage' with useful marketing lessons designed to increase your marketing skill level in this increasingly busy digital world. Modules include analytics, use of search engine and social media.
Visit https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/topic-library for more information
Grow your business with new degree apprenticeships at the University of Winchester
Grow your workforce productivity with new degree apprenticeship programmes in Digital & Technology Solutions – designed with business, for business. Degree apprenticeships are supported by government funding – for every £1 employers put in, government puts in £2.
To find out how your business could benefit from degree apprenticeships or to apply yourself, contact:
Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships, University of Winchester by emailing email@example.com or phoning 01962 826478.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) business support
HMRC has developed a range of online presentations to support businesses making tax easier, quicker, and simpler. Lasting about an hour, the webinars are live and interactive, so questions can be asked. To find a list of topics and dates see the HMRC website.
Hampshire Chamber E-learning
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has recently launched a number of compliance and accredited E-learning courses at competitive prices for both member and non-member companies.
Care Certificate, Level 1, 2 & 3 Food Safety, Level 1, 2 & 3 Health and Safety, Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH), Level 2 Award in Customer Service, Level 2 Fire Safety, Manual Handling, Level 2 Spectator Safety, Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Rangewell to help businesses find, compare, and apply for all types of business finance for every business need.
For further information visit: rangewell.com/hampshirechamberofcommerce
Hampshire Chamber support for International trading and export
With two international trade offices, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce provides, support, advice and training courses to businesses in all areas of international trade development and exporting.
- export documentation
- export training
- two day export starter course
- one day import procedures course
- half day INCO terms course
- one day export documentation course
For more information and other courses visit our website http://www.hampshirechamber.co.uk/events-and-news/training/ or call 01329 242426.
How to Sell Abroad - A guide to exporting
The demand is out there. You should be too.
This is your opportunity to sell to the world.
Informi: talking small business
Informi is full of useful small business information such as starting up, finance, business admin, marketing and legal information.
Innovate UK Launches Open Sector Funding Competition Round 4 for Cutting Edge Innovations
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Announce Young Innovators' Programme
To apply visit Innovation funding service
Inspiring social entrepreneurs in our region
A new scheme launching in November will provide support for individuals looking to start a social enterprise. Workshops, mentoring and online support will be included in the free programme.
Thanks to a significant grant secured from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and European Social Fund (ESF), WSX Enterprise will provide and deliver an innovative business start-up support programme to help budding entrepreneurs in the M3 corridor.
The programme focuses on supporting long term unemployed, lone parents, people with disabilities, older workers and people in minority groups into self-employment. There will also be bespoke project activities and support to help young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Inspiring enterprise will centre on introducing people to the world of social enterprise opportunities and provide specific support to those who aspire to start up in this fast growing business sector.
Entry to the programme is completely free of any charge, but is subject to eligibility criteria.
For more details please visit: www.wsxenterprise.co.uk
Launch of new EAFRD Calls
Three EAFRD calls in support of rural businesses, food processing and tourism have been launched.
LEADER rural funding programme
LEADER is a European funding programme that provides grants of up to £50,000 to rural businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers for projects that create jobs, help rural business growth and benefit the rural economy.
Projects funded under the LEADER programme must support one or more of the six following priorities:
- support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- boost rural tourism
- increase farm productivity
- increase forestry productivity
- provide rural services
- provide cultural and heritage activities
LEADER could support innovation to make farming, rural economies and communities more sustainable. It could boost new and existing small and medium rural enterprises and the rural tourism economy.
The borough of Basingstoke and Deane is covered by two LEADER programmes:
- The Loddon and Test programme covers most of the eastern and southern part of the borough.
- The North Wessex Downs programme covers the north-western part of the borough.
To find out more and to receive information on forthcoming LEADER events, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organisation and contact details.
Please feel free to pass this on to other rural-based businesses within your networks.
Local colleges offer free training courses to help local businesses grow
Five local colleges including Sparsholt College, Basingstoke College of Technology and Farnborough College of Technology will offer three free training courses funded by the European Social Fund for the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Enterprise M3. The focus of the courses are to support the growth of small to medium sized businesses:
- Skills support for the workforce
- Skills support for redundancy
- Information and Guidance (IAG) supporting skills development of the workforce to enable growth of SMEs
Eligible businesses, their employees and individuals who have recently experienced redundancy can benefit from free training, tailored to their specific needs. Participants can select nationally recognised qualifications or a tailored programme directly relevant to the workplace.
Businesses can contact the ESF team for more details by:
- calling 0845 850 0916
- emailing email@example.com or Philippa.Bryant@sparsholt.ac.uk
- visiting https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/college/news/free-training-courses-help-local-businesses-grow/.
Loddon and Test Leader Programme - Free One to One Workshops - 'How to complete an Outline Application to the LEADER Grant Programme'
The Loddon and Test LEADER Programme is offering an opportunity to book free one to one workshops with a LEADER advisor to learn how to complete and Outline Application. The offer is open to rural businesses, tourism projects, farmers, rural enterprises, foresters, woodland owners and communities that are located in the Loddon and Test LEADER area. In order to book a session, you must first complete a project enquiry form and return this by email. If eligible, we will then book you on a session so that you can learn how to complete and submit an Outline Application.
From supporting the future of UK farming, to assisting rural businesses to grow and develop, we offer a range of different grant programmes, with grants from £2,500 to £50,000. In assessing applications, they take account of the outcomes you will achieve, and how your project will contribute to the rural economy, community and environment. For further details and to book email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New business services from the Chamber
Do you have a legal dispute, struggle with an employee or landlord? Maybe you want a second opinion, need a contract template or example policy document? Do not let any issues turn into major problems.
Hampshire Chamber has launched a range of new services to help with
- Health and Safety
- Legal matters
- Human Resources
Access is unlimited, 24/7 (except for Tax/VAT helpline) and free for members. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes, whether you are a start-up, expanding business or large multi-national. These four services are not just crisis management tools they also help you be one step ahead and pre-empt difficult situations.
Contact our free helplines to make the right decision for your business and download relevant documents to save time and money. Advice lines:
- Human Resources
- Health and Safety
Website featuring a comprehensive library of employment, legal and health and safety documents.
Find out more visit www.hampshirechamber.co.uk/business-support/
New programme to help businesses start and grow
If you have a great business idea but not sure what to do next? The Cavendish Group is managing a new start-up support programme to help you.
Protect your business - sign up for new @HCCyberProtect business channel
Hampshire Alerts is a community messaging system which shares the latest crime and safeguarding updates swiftly via email, text message alert, or voice update to maximise accessibility. Sign up @HCCyberProtect to help protect your business go to: www.hampshirealert.co.uk
- Click on Register
- Input your details and progress through the sign up screens
- When you get to the section 'Your Community Membership', ensure that you select Crimes Against Business by ticking the box
- Once you have received the validation email and accepted it, you will start to receive alerts
Cyber Protect talks and presentations are also available for your business.
Protecting British business from cyber attacks
GCHQ announces the re-issue of ’10 Steps to Cyber Security’, providing updated guidance on the practical steps that organisations can take to improve the security of their networks and the information carried on them. Read the full article on the GCHQ website
START2ACT Carbon Trust - funded energy efficiency support for young SMEs and start-ups
START2ACT is an energy efficiency support programme for young SMEs and startups, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The programme can help your business to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures, to save money on your energy bills and reduce your environmental impact. START2ACT has also been designed to improve how you manage energy now and in the future, so that you can lay the groundwork for long term sustainable growth.
Start Up Loans
Start Up Loans offer personal loans for business purposes to help entrepreneurs start up their venture. They are available to anyone who is considering setting up a business or has been trading for up to one year. For more information call 02034 180860, email Alex Mitchell or see the Start Up Loans website.
International trade is key to the growth of UK exports and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s Basingstoke office provides a comprehensive service to support businesses with this including advice on international trade documentation. It has close working relationships with overseas organisations and trade agencies and works in partnership with UK Trade and Investment. To find out more contact Wendy Brown or call 01256 338478.
Woodland Carbon Fund
The Woodland Carbon Fund is a simple, demand-led grant scheme to boost the rate of woodland creation.
Receive up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland. If you provide permissive access across the woodland receive up to £8,500 per hectare (dependent on its location). Applications for the Woodland Carbon Fund opened on 10 November 2016.
For further information and the application process visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wcf.