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Business Is Great

The Solent Growth Hub is proud to be a part of the Government-backed GREAT Britain campaign which seeks to highlight support for businesses aspiring to succeed and to encourage entrepreneurial spirit. The campaign aims to encourage businesses to start-up or to continue growing -whether through developing ideas, writing a business plan, employing more staff or starting to export.

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National Business Support Providers

Take a look at a selection of Business Support organisations available nationally:

Business is GREAT offers information, inspiration and advice for small businesses that are ready to grow. Business is GREAT inspires small businesses to take their business plans further, and to highlight the support available to help them grow, focusing on 3 key steps; planning for the longer-term, employing more staff and starting to export.  The www.greatbusiness.gov.uk website provides links to advice and guidance, as well as to key business support tools.

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) run a national Business Support Helpline 0845 600 9006 providing a quick response service to people with questions about starting or running a business. It also provides a more in-depth service for those with more complex enquiries.

Digital Skills has been developed by Go ON UK, in partnership with BIS and private sector partners, to help SMEs and their intermediaries navigate and access the best advice on making effective use of the internet to run and grow a business. The site offers curated resources, an ‘ask and answer' section, and a map of wifi hotspots and events section.

Enterprise Nation Marketplace is part of the government's £30m Growth Vouchers programme, which is a research project to test how best to help small businesses grow through the use of subsidised business advice.

Get Mentoring is a public/private sector partnership, grant assisted by BIS and GEO and led by the Small Firms Development Initiative, to recruit 15,000 volunteer business mentors.

Innovate UK provides grant funding to support Research & Development and Innovation activity to companies across the UK mainly through web based competitions including the SME Smart Programme and Innovation Vouchers. Also supports networks to connect partners to promote knowledge sharing.

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) provides services such as workshops for SMEs, IP awareness raising and online assessment tools. It also trains independent business advisers as IP auditors so that they can advise SMEs on IP issues.

Mentorsme Volunteer Business Mentors This national web portal provides a single point of access to mentoring services to anyone looking for mentoring support as they start or grow their own business. Mentorsme provides access to 15,000 trained volunteer business mentors from the SME community to boost local mentor networks.

Prince's Trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. The Enterprise Programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.

StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain's leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.