The Solent area

With a population of more than 1.3 million and over 50,000 businesses, the Solent area is an internationally-recognised key economic hub anchored around the Isle of Wight, the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the M27 corridor and the Solent waterway.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Local Business Support Providers


Local Business Support

Enterprise First  Has assisted thousands of clients seeking to start-up a new business or develop an existing small business in Hampshire. Free, confidential, and independent advice is provided from a team of experienced accredited business advisers.

GetSet for Growth is a specialist service designed for businesses with the ambition and potential to grow. The GetSet for Growth programme is founded on the insights of working with thousands of businesses over the last thirty years.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Provides a Business Information Service to help local businesses.

Mentor-net  Offers business support for small businesses through mentoring across the south of England. It is a confidential business support service provided by volunteer Business Mentors, who are drawn from experienced members of the business community.

Southern Entrepreneurs Provides business support, training and networking opportunities for Hampshire businesses. Founded with the objective of encouraging the business community in Hampshire by helping new small businesses to start-up, and existing small businesses to grow and prosper.

WSX Enterprise Offers expertise in starting up, growing your business, enterprise, business mentoring, skills, sustainability, innovation and design.