The Start-up Business BoomResidents of Basingstoke have shown that they have the most entrepreneurial spirit in Hampshire, according to new research, which saw them come top of the leader board for the number of new companies in 2014, followed closely by Winchester and Eastleigh.

Statistics, compiled by www.informdirect.co.uk have revealed that 1265 new companies were formed in Basingstoke last year, followed by 1195 in Winchester and 1033 in Eastleigh.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, for Hampshire County Council said: “It’s encouraging to see so many business start-ups in Hampshire. Hampshire entrepreneurs drive this economy forward, and the continued optimism is a good sign for the entire region in terms of job growth.

“The biggest help to growing the number of start-ups is a strong network of existing businesses helping each other, and programmes such as the Hampshire Enterprise Circle helps to drive that pioneering spirit forward.”

New businesses covered all sectors, from cutting edge technology start-ups to fast-growing manufacturing companies, expanding and creating jobs after only one year of operation in the county. New technology continues to lower many of the barriers to starting a business, and in many instances, all it takes is the Internet and a laptop for an entrepreneur to launch his or her start-up.

Each of the 11 districts within Hampshire County Council saw a healthy number of new start-up businesses as follows:

  • Basingstoke and Deane – 1265
  • Winchester – 1195
  • Eastleigh – 1033
  • New Forest – 969
  • Havant – 937
  • Test Valley – 889
  • East Hampshire – 828
  • Fareham – 767
  • Hart – 695
  • Rushmoor – 669
  • Gosport- 330

Hampshire County Council offers a range of support for small and medium businesses, as nurturing new and growing businesses is vital for Hampshire’s economic future. Support includes a business networking group the Hampshire Enterprise Circle, facilitating Meet the Buyer events and business support workshops across the region. The council works with entrepreneurs from day one to help them find the best place to set up and to assist with sourcing grants to drive businesses forward.

Nigel Clarke, Managing Director of Morgan Innovation and Technology, winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, commented on the news: “The number of new businesses in Hampshire shows the great entrepreneurial drive within the county and is further proof that it is a thriving business county. Morgan IAT are approaching 30 years as a Hampshire business and had a fantastic 2014 with growth of over 25% in turnover, which continues this year. We are doing this with the support of other local business with 90% of our 60+ suppliers based in the South of England, and around a 1/3 within a 30 mile radius of our Hampshire base. We wish all the new companies starting their journey in 2015 every success”.

To find out more about how the County Council works with local businesses, visit: www.hants.gov.uk/business, email: economic.development@hants.gov.uk, call: 01962 846381 or follow us on Twitter @investhampshire.

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