Basingstoke's business community


There are plenty of organisations in Basingstoke that can help your business.

IncuHive

IncuHive offers a business incubation support service, with everything you need to get your business off the ground and all under one roof. Based in the town centre, it provides co-working office space, mentoring, investment, networking opportunities and more.

Root21

Root21 is a hi-tech business accelerator that works with early stage and scale-up technology companies to create rapid growth and commercial success. Root21 provides its members with continuity of support from concept to Series A and beyond with one team and one continuous programme. It has provided training and support programmes to a number of companies, with many of these going on to raise significant funding and achieve commercial success.

Basingstoke Together BID

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The BID for Basingstoke is known as Basingstoke Together and is based in offices in Festival Place. It works to promote and support businesses in the town centre by organising events to encourage people into the town and promotion through its social media and website.

It also offers a number of opportunities to help develop BID businesses, such as providing training, social media support and increased footfall through the Basingstoke rewards loyalty card.

Get Launched

Basingstoke is where start-ups take off. It’s a place where great ideas are shaping the future and where the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are developing right now. With a supportive environment, plenty of networking opportunities, affordable and flexible space and excellent transport links, we’ve got all the ingredients for start-ups to succeed.

The Get Launched collective, brings together Root21, IncuHive, DeskLodge, Tech Juice and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to provide a buzzing eco-system that new businesses need to thrive in.

Enterprise M3 (Local Enterprise Partnership)

Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership based on Basing View. It is one of 39 in England that are working to secure economic growth at sub-national level.

The Enterprise M3 area stretches from the edge of London to Whiteley covering mid to north Hampshire and south west Surrey. Enterprise M3 brings together business leaders from 14 district authorities across two counties and has four major interconnected urban centres, known as ‘Growth’ towns, at Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke.

It brings together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provides the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.

Alongside Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, many local business and colleges play an active role in partnership with Enterprise M3 to secure funding to support economic growth in the area. This is done through the ‘Growth Deal’ with the government.

Borough Business Partnership

The Borough Business Partnership (BBP) gives the borough’s business community a voice and opportunity to participate in the issues that affect the borough.

The morning meetings are held three times a year, with the agenda focusing on key local and regional projects and programmes that are of genuine interest to businesses including presentations from local businesses, business support organisations and other key partners that influence the businesses in the borough.

The group is made up of key businesses, large and small employers, business support organisations and people from the business community with a genuine interest in what direction the council should be heading and it provides a unique and informal networking opportunity over breakfast. If you are interested in attending the partnership meetings, have a venue you would like us to consider for a future meeting or would like to speak about a project or business programme you are involved with, please email us using business@lovebasingstoke.co.uk.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. It holds over 100 events a year including an annual conference to give members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business. It has a number of area policy committees including one in Basingstoke, as well as specific committees dealing with planning and transport and professional services.

It also has a range of services to help with health and safety, legal issues, human resources and tax. Access is unlimited and free for members. Suitable for businesses of all sizes, the helplines are there to help you make the right decision for your business and download relevant documents to save time and money.

The chamber has a number of compliance and accredited e-learning courses at competitive prices for both member and non-member companies. For more information contact the training department on 01329 242426.

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.

Basingstoke Consortium

Basingstoke Consortium provides links between education and business. Your company can get involved and play a part in inspiring the next generation by allowing your staff to support with a one-off morning, afternoon or day at a local school, attending a careers fair or providing work experience opportunities.

Employee volunteering

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 corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives. These include short term (8 to 16 hours) team-based projects, such as decoration of a room, garden clearance or a fundraising event, as well as individual opportunities to share specific skills, such as setting up a simple database, offering training, or independently checking accounts.

Other organisations that offer business support

You can also find support from The Federation of Small Businesses and the Hampshire County Council business support pages.