Support for your business
Business support and procurement
Business support is available from a number of organisations that offer a range of services such as business reviews, start-up advice, information on economic down-turn and legal advice for small businesses. There is also web based support for businesses to guide them through economic downturn, with interactive tools and information on positioning business.
Business start-up advice
GOV.UK business webpages offer start up information and advice for any individual interested in starting up their own business.
Where a number of redundancies are announced Business Link has increased flexibility to hold extra start up courses. This supports those individuals affected by redundancy and wishing to change career direction into self employment.
Business support contacts
There are a number of different organisations offering business support:
Take a look at Hampshire County Council's webpages on business support
Advice on doing business with the council
The council‘s procurement web pages are designed to help companies to do business with the council. There are three elements:
- The Procurement Strategy - setting a clear framework for procurement throughout the council
- A Selling Guide - explaining the rules we have to abide by, our procedures, and letting you know how you can compete for our business
- E-Procurement - explaining how we are developing our strategy so you can do business with us electronically
The principles of the Small Business Concordat that Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has adopted, demonstrate a commitment to small businesses which will ensure that local companies are able to tender effectively for public sector contracts.
For more information contact a member of the Procurement team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 01256 844844 or or visit the procurement web pages which also contain links to the South East Business Portal for contract opportunities.
In this challenging climate, investing in skills is even more important than before in terms of increasing the competitiveness of your business - your staff are one of your greatest assets and could be the key to retaining customers and keeping your business running.
Training is important to their personal development and the productivity of your business, so don't be tempted to scrap your training plan because finances are tight. The Hampshire County Council webpages on business advice give a range of information particularly relevant in this time of recession. For additional training courses you can also visit:
At this difficult time with potential redundancies and options for a shorter working week, it is essential that businesses have access to advice on employment law. The following websites give information on courses to help small business understand employment law:
The Business, Innovation and Skills department works to create the conditions for business success and help the UK respond to economic challenges and regulatory reform. Guidance includes business and employment law.
Business development team