Business Is Great

The Solent Growth Hub is proud to be a part of the Government-backed GREAT Britain campaign which seeks to highlight support for businesses aspiring to succeed and to encourage entrepreneurial spirit. The campaign aims to encourage businesses to start-up or to continue growing-whether through developing ideas, writing a business plan, employing more staff or starting to export.

National Business Helpline 

Call 0300 456 3565

9.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday

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Business Guides

The Government provides essential information and resources for you and your business whether you manage a large organisation or are on your way to starting up. A wide range of information and guidance is available online through GOV.UK, and via the National Business Support Helpline 0300 456 3565.

Simple to use, up to date and practical, GOV.UK is the first place to go to find guidance on regulations and to access government services for business. It also has a number of useful online tools, calculators, and best practice case studies; and provides access to funding options, as well as wider support.

Here are just a few of the things you can do on GOV.UK:

  • Use the Contracts Finder service to access and search for live opportunities
  • File your VAT and PAYE returns
  • Find help with the Business start-up organiser
  • Search the Business support finder for grants, loans, expertise &advice
  • Use interactive tools, e.g. to write a business plan, calculate your employees' holiday entitlement, calculate business rates
  • Advertise a vacancy on Jobcentre Plus

Business & Self Employment  Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Growing your Business  Steps you can take to help grow your business, and support your business as it grows.

Starting a Business  If you're thinking of starting up a business.

Setup as a Sole Trader  Register as a sole trader with HM Revenue & Customs and legal responsibilities if you run a business as a sole trader

Setting up a Social Enterprise  If you're starting a business that helps people or communities (a ‘social enterprise').

Business Finance Support Finder  Search for publicly-backed finance or support for your business.

Which finance is right for your business  Work out what type of finance is best for your business, taking into account your business' size, turnover, your willingness to offer shares and the amount of funding you need

Business Finance Explained  A guide to help you understand your finance options.

Business Tax  Includes Corporation Tax, Self Assessment, Capital Gains Tax and VAT.

Business Funding & Debt  Everything you need to know about Business Funding & Debt.

Expenses and Employee Benefits  Includes company cars and paying tax on employee benefits

Business Training & Networking Events Finder  Use the Events Finder to search for business related training, workshops, networking events and seminars.

Contracts Finder  Lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

Licence Finder  Applying for licences from your council for events and businesses.

Employing staff for the first time  There are 5 things you need to do when employing staff for the first time.

Employing People  Includes pay, contracts and hiring.