Business support, advice clinics and grants
The Council's Business Team can signpost you to the relevant business support organisations that can help you in your growth plans and if you are seeking to set up a new business.
Roadmap to Business Success - EU-funded start-up Entrepreneurship Programme
The highly regarded business incubator, SETsquared, are running a series of 2-day courses for entrepreneurs with an idea for a tech-based product or service, and founders of early-stage ventures. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this programme will put your business on the path to success, including free business mentoring for eligible companies. The courses will run in Farnborough, Basingstoke, Guildford, and Woking, and cover all essential elements of starting a business.
Becoming a Business South Champion
We have now joined Business South, which represents businesses in the south of England and works hard to make a difference to individual organisations and to the wider economy with its Champions programme. The strength that such an influential group of organisations represents, has achieved a huge amount for the region.
The Champions Programme aims to:
promote our area
demonstrate the importance of different sectors
influence policies and investment decisions
deliver on a range of projects.
Our Local Economy Manager, Chris Burchell, says: "Supporting economic growth in the area is a key priority for us as part of our economic strategy and by working with Business South, we believe we can enhance our support for the local economy. We are therefore delighted to become a Business South Champion and anticipate a strong working relationship that will benefit the region."
Pictured: John Mitchell, Group CEO at Business South with Cllr David Bilbè.
The Council's Business Team can advise on the availability of commercial space, apprenticeships and business events.
Please contact Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager, for an initial discussion.
Phone: 01483 444329
Free one-to-one business advice clinics
Local agency Enterprise First is working in partnership with us to offer free, one-to-one business advice clinics to all companies from start-ups to more established growth businesses.
Running a business can be a lonely process and that's why Enterprise First and Guildford Borough Council believe in the importance of helping all businesses, whatever stage they're at.
We have already helped over a hundred start-up businesses and are now extending our service to more established growth businesses from any sector.
Pictured from left to right: Malcolm Kerry, local business adviser, Enterprise First, and Chris Burchell, Guildford Borough Council's Local Economy Manager.
Expert help and advice
Our free business clinics, held in Guildford, are run by impartial local business advisers who have personal experience in setting up and developing companies.
They provide a confidential environment in which to discuss and find solutions to the key challenges and opportunities in your business.
For more information
To find out more about the support that Guildford Borough Council offers to the business community, please email: email@example.com.
Surrey Chambers of Commerce - Provide regular business-to-business events and networking opportunities and provides an important voice for business.
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub - provides an expert advice and resource network for new and existing businesses including signposting to a range of business services, information on starting and growing your business and access to a Business Support Helpline. Twitter @EM3GrowthHub Helpline 0300 456 3565
Enterprise First - working with our partners, Enterprise First, we offer free monthly clinics for new and established businesses to support their growth. From 1 April some business development grants will be available to qualifying businesses. The business advisers from Enterprise First bring a number of years of experience in a range of sectors.
The FSE Group invests in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential for significant growth. We understand the funding challenges facing emerging and mid-sized companies looking to expand, and we provide funds and support, including mentors where appropriate, to help bridge the funding gap. A newer area of focus is that of Social Impact Funding, where we are working alongside experienced partners to finance social enterprises and communities.
Other business support organisations
Surrey Technology Centre and Set Squared Partnership - The Surrey Technology Centre provides space for small technology (research, development and design) companies in one of the most prestigious Science Parks in the UK and Western Europe.
Department for International Trade - Export support - free advice and subsidised training.
X-Forces are an organisation supporting ex-forces and their families by providing support, loans, mentoring, training and marketing.
To support the needs of local SME employers, Guildford College Group will be offering free flexible training to boost employee confidence, motivation and productivity.
The training programmes are tailored to individual workplace needs or to helping employees gain nationally recognised qualifications. They can include:
- Leadership and management
- Business administration
- Customer service
- Prince 2 (Foundation) project management
- Health and safety
- First Aid
- Bespoke training
- English lessons online (ESOL)
How to apply
To find out if you are eligible to apply for the free training, please contact Guildford College Group Services to Business Team on 01483 44 85 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Guildford College Group Services to Business website.
Business Support, Advice Clinics and Grants