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.
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.
Kaplan Financial offers free training for ICAEW CFAB, AAT, ATT and CIMA certificate qualifications for 16-18 year olds under the apprenticeship scheme (Funding available for all ages but a small employer contribution for over 19's).
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.
Assists overseas companies investing in the UK and helps UK-based exporters to succeed globally. DIT provides advice on export capability and opportunities, contacts in overseas markets, arranging overseas visits, e-commerce, export training and market research. DIT offers a range of advice and support for new and experienced exporters, including research and contact services (Overseas Market Introduction Service and Export Markets Research Scheme) and other market intelligence services for exporters. The DIT also helps arrange groups of UK companies to attend trade shows and missions worldwide.
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.
The strength of your business and it's ability to grow rests largely upon having a robust multi-skilled workforce. The Skills For Growth Project offers training units to broaden the knowledge of your workforce to meet identified competency and skill gaps while giving your staff the opportunity to grow their talents and acquire transferrable expertise in addition to their existing vocational achievements.
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.
Funding available in the Solent Region for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
The Solent region has over 20% of the UK's market share of the Aerospace & Defence sector with a concentration of employment that is double the national average. Discover what business support services can help this sector grow.
The Solent area is driven by the knowledge economy. Find out what business support is available for the digital and creative sector.
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.
Portsmouth City Council Help for Start Ups
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.