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There are currently two associations in Whitchurch which aim to support businesses.
Ardglen Business Association is for those businesses based on the Ardglen Industrial estate.
Working 4 Whitchurch was formed as a result of the Health Check carried out in 2002 and aims to address the issues around the town centre's businesses and tourism. It organises Christmas in Whitchurch, runs the website and produces the community newsletter, Update.
Nationally there is the Federation of Small Businesses, which is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
Business Support Organisations
The main support organisation is the government sponsored Business Link which provides information for small to medium sized businesses. Full details of the support it can give are on its website with lots of useful downloads and access to free seminars and workshops. Free confidential advice sessions are held fortnightly in Whitchurch but need to be booked on 0845 600 9 006.
You can download material to help you whether you are:
T: 0800 1954 700 (freephone)
Free, impartial and confidential advice on learning, training and work to adults 20 or over or those aged 18 & 19 who have been referred by a Job.
If you don’t have NVQ level 3 qualifications (A-levels or equivalent), you will be able to book an appointment for an advice session with a trained careers adviser ( nearest location is at Basingstoke Jobcentre Plus.)
Careers Advice Service ( telephone advice)
T: 0800 100 900
They can call you back.
Take the Career Quiz on www.homelearningcollege.com
www.open.ac.uk/careers( Careers Advisory section of Open University website )
Look in the jobs section of the local papers
Go to the Jobcentre or ring the national number on 0845 606 0234
Andover Jobcentre Plus
T: 01264 826000
6 London Street
Basingstoke Jobcentre Plus
T: 01256 726400
Join employment agencies
Research local companies and send a speculative application
Contact Basingstoke One Stop Shop for employment advice on 0800 136670 or their website
If you need a National Insurance Number ring 0845 600 0643
www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk (need to register first)
(Careers Centre section)
CV advice and you can download CV templates.
www.hampshireconnexions.co.uk (CV Creator)
CV advice, CV writing pack, you can create online CV which you can save, print or email to yourself or to an employer.
CV Builder with templates and CV advice
Other CV building websites to look at:
It’s important to have an email address these days, as lots of jobs only allow you to apply online. It is quick and easy to set up a free email address, you need to be on the internet to create it and to check your emails.
My Guide ( good for computer beginners)
- Click email ( purple box, fifth one down)
Click Free Mail - sign up ( right hand side, underneath yellow Web Search box)
Click - Mail which is along the top left of the page.
Click - Welcome to MSN UK - Sign up ( on right hand side, near top)
Free, independent and confidential information and advice on legal, money and other problems. You can phone, email, drop-in or book an appointment.
Can drop-in from 10am-1pm on Tuesday at Whitchurch Town Hall, Newbury Street.
T: 01264 365534 ( Monday-Thursday 9.30am-3.30pm)
Ground Floor, East Wing
Can drop-in for a Gateway Assessment on Friday from 1.30-5.30pm, or Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-12.00pm.
T: 01256 322814 (Monday-Friday, except Thursday afternoon)
Can drop in on Monday-Wednesday from 10am-3.30pm, Thursday from 9.30am-11.30am, Friday from 10am-3.30pm and Saturday from 10am-12 noon.
Helpline: 080 800 13 219
Support for all young people up to 19 ( or 25 if you have learning difficulties/disabilities.) Every young person can have their own Personal Adviser to meet up with for any issue they want to talk about.
T: 01256 819576
37-41 Wote Street
T: 01264 368691
Have a drop-in service at Jobcentre Plus ( Monday and Thursday, 1.30-4.30pm) and the Library ( Tuesday and Friday 1.30-4.30pm.)
T: 0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm every day)
Free confidential help for under 25’s
T: 0845 345 4 345
Free confidential and independent legal advice over the phone, if
They can call you back ( line open 9am-6.30pm on Monday-Friday,
Check the website calculator to see if you are eligible for legal