National and regional organisations
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) www.fsb.org.uk/regions/wessex
East Hampshire comes within the Wessex region, which is sub-divided further into smaller areas, including North Hampshire and South East Hampshire & Portsmouth.
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce www.hampshirechamber.co.uk
Alton Chamber of Commerce www.altonchamber.co.uk
Institute of Directors www.iod.com
Business Easthants www.businesseasthants.org
Formed in 2009 to help local businesses during the economic downturn, the group provides advice for local companies.
Enterprise First www.enterprisefirst.co.uk
Can help with start up financing advice, training and workshops, as well as some one on one business advice
Southern Entrepreneurs www.southernentrepreneurs.com
Offer training, networking and support for businesses
Local networking groups
First Friday Petersfield www.first-friday.org
An informal business networking group in Petersfield set up in 2003, with around 400 members. They meet on the first Friday on the month, usually over lunch.
Liss Connected www.lissconnected.co.uk
A networking group for businesses in Liss and surrounding villages, which meet once every two months.
The Networking group meets on the first Wednesday each month at the Alton House Hotel.
A networking group to support women in business, with groups across Hampshire and Sussex.
Business Growth Network http://www.bgnetwork.co.uk/
A local networking group that meets weekly at Langrish House Hotel near Petersfield
Offers free working space for small business owners in Whitehill & Bordon, supporting them with training and networking opportunities