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.
Highly experienced advisors who tailoring help to the customers needs, whatever their trading status, location or personal circumstances.
The Business Support Bank offers free peer-to-peer advice and guidance on how to develop a business to recent start-ups and established businesses in the PO1-PO6 postcode area.
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 National Apprenticeship Service helps unlock the great potential of young people and prepare them for their future careers by helping them to become work ready. Find out how Apprenticeships can benefit your business.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has over 20 colleges of Further Education. There are a wide range of further education colleges, such as high performing technology colleges, top sixth form colleges and highly specialist centres.
Working with Universities to support innovation and growth
National Funding Opportunities
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 University of Southampton Science Park provides high quality office and laboratory space and is host to a vibrant and high-tech entrepreneurial business community.
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 Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.
WRAP forges partnerships and develops ground-breaking initiatives to help the UK use resources more sustainably.
National Schemes grant schemes supporting Creativity and innovation
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.
WSX Enterprise deliver programmes aimed at stimulating the local economy and ensuring that the community have the correct tools and knowledge to make it sustainable.
Expert support is available to help businesses to contribute towards the green agenda. Whether it is reducing your carbon footprint through changing the way you work or getting help in designing new products and services that fulfil the needs of environmentally conscious customers - there’s something green for your business.
If you are an SME business or have SMEs within your supply chains, you may be able to access funding of up to 50% for your Sustainability Programme with Carbon Footprint.
Solent LEP Funding Sources
Hampshire Business Directory - you can either search online or receive the directory in hard copy free of charge. The hard copy contains a CD and you can purchase upgrades to unlock more information.