THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has hosted its first Small Business Bootcamp in Hampshire.

The event took place at the Army Flying Museum, in Middle Wallop, with the support of Zoho, ONLE Networking and the venue itself.

The event was designed to aid local entrepreneurs, offering insights, networking opportunities, and business advice.

The bootcamp saw an impressive roster of expert speakers who shared their knowledge on key subjects vital for business prosperity in the competitive modern landscape.

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Andover Advertiser: Attendees at the Federation of Small Businesses' bootcampAttendees at the Federation of Small Businesses' bootcamp (Image: Federation of Small Businesses)

Participants listened to presentations covering essential fields like marketing, sales, social media, and networking techniques.

Among the featured speakers was Josh Pope, regional account manager for Zoho, who provided insights on how to successfully manoeuvre the marketing and sales funnel.

Emily and Alan Braithwaite from Yellow Tuxedo unravelled the complexities of social media, while Nicky Rudd from Padua Communications lectured on small business marketing.

Insights were also shared by Varn's Tom Vaughton on SEO techniques for business visibility, Jeremy Mason on utilising video effectively,'s Alexander Coles on exploring the prospect of AI for business development, and Kelly and James West from ONLE Networking on adept networking strategies.

Andover Advertiser: The event provided a networking opportunity for guestsThe event provided a networking opportunity for guests (Image: Federation of Small Businesses)

Nicky Kildunne, development manager for Hampshire, Dorset, and Isle of Wight at FSB, said: "The success of our first Small Business Bootcamp highlights the growing demand for practical support and guidance among small business owners on the South Coast.

"We are thrilled to have provided a platform for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and elevate their businesses to new heights."

Not only did the event provide a chance for attendees to acquire valuable expertise but it also paved way for networking and collaboration.

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Entrepreneurs grabbed the chance to share ideas, foster alliances, and form substantial connections with fellow entrepreneurs.

For those who were unable to make it to the Bootcamp, the FSB offers a full roster of events that are free and open to all sole traders and small business owners.

The Federation of Small Businesses is committed to supporting and championing the interests of self-employed individuals and small businesses.

Equipped with a substantial network of members and abundant resources, it works tirelessly to empower entrepreneurs and stimulate economic growth throughout the country.