The Start & Grow programme provides a range of pre and post start support to individuals who have aspirations to start a business and the capability to make the business a success.
Training, peer support, networking, professional advice, help with business
The Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI) network has been set up for providers (colleges and private training organisations). The network is the means by which providers can communicate with each other.
Each year Startup Portsmouth organise a start-up community summit for people in the City considering starting their own business. At this free summit budding business owners can interact with each other as well as local support providers to share ideas and experiences and support one another in their start-up endeavours.
GreatBritishStore.com is a unique global platform for British design, innovation and quality. Supported by DIT, GreatBritishStore.com is an easy, entry-level exporting solution for UK-registered businesses.
The Hampshire Enterprise Circle stimulating investment and encouraging business development in the county.
Entering the competitive international trade arena is a great way to expand into new markets and distribution channels. Taking your business global.
Grants scheme to help social enterprises that are starting up, growing or responding to their challenging business environment. Grants will range from £500 to £5,000 & possibly more. The programme provides tools and interactive workshops for budding social entrepreneurs of all ages to get their social or community venture off the ground.
The Partnership acts as a forum for local business people to express their views, share their knowledge and experience, network with potential clients and suppliers, and help make changes that will benefit their business.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK. Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.
The Catalyst Centre is an initiative developed by Southampton Science Park which provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, visionaries, and the science and technology stars of the future. Mentoring, business support, and 6 months free space are on offer - all you need is a great business idea, and the drive and determination to succeed.
Solent LEP Funding Sources
Design for Europe is a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in finding the latest tools and techniques for applying design, making connections with peers, and finding the latest research.
Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. The ‘entrepreneurial enablement’ programme takes entrepreneurs through a cognitive and action centred development process. The Entrepreneurial Spark programme lasts for 6 months and can continue for up to 18 months.
National Enterprise Network is a unique membership body representing the enterprise support sector across England.
The First Friday Network is a monthly free business networking event held on various Fridays with meetings across Hampshire. All the networks are linked but are run by local business people. Serving the business community by way of offering a venue to network, promote and exchange ideas.
Making business ideas a reality
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Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has established the fund to support communities to prepare for future emergency weather events. The fund is particularly focussed on projects which help vulnerable or isolated people living in the SSEPD network area.
There are a growing number of organisations and networks supporting women entrepreneurs, helping more women become inspired and enabled to succeed in business. There are a wide number of business networks specifically for women offering events, support and advice.