Port 57 is a strong community of creative businesses in sunny Southsea. Our focus is on collaboration, fun and business development in an environment that encourages innovation and invention.
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.
The aim of this project is to provide employees with opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to progress into further education, an apprenticeship, or within work.
Hear more about the first three years of the Solent Growth Hub with the Enterprise Solent publication
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.
Improve the way you manage innovation, commercialise great ideas and grow your business. Innovation should be a driving force in your business, helping you launch new products or services at home and abroad. We can help you nurture innovation more effectively in order to rapidly commercialise concepts, scale up your business and grow your bottom line.
Social Enterprise & Charity Funding
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a professional association which represents trading standards professionals working in local authorities, business and consumer sectors and in central government in the UK and overseas
Following the news of Carillion's insolvency, the Solent LEP & Growth Hub, along with selected partners across the region's business support community, are looking to assist any local business that may have been directly or indirectly impacted. The effects of the company's liquidation are still unfolding daily, and we are working hard to understand the challenges this situation presents for businesses.
Royal Bank of Scotland has created the £2.5m RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Grants of up to £35,000 are available.
Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme gives social entrepreneurs the best possible chance of success by providing access to support and funding.
Comic Relief Tech For Good Programme is specifically targeted at not-for-profit organisations that already have some technical expertise and capacity to enact social change using digital technologies.
Big Issue Invest - Social Enterprise Investment Fund LP provides growth capital to high impact social enterprises.
Big Issue Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) Programme provides collaborative mentoring and investment to early stage social businesses.
Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Big Lottery Fund are looking for applicants to bid for £485,000 of ESF funding to deliver social inclusion activities across Hampshire.
One-off grants for social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to help them grow, adapt to change or merge.
There are two SEDA Catalyst Awards available for Social Ventures: consisting of £5,000 cash and a 12-month development and growth support package or £10,000 cash and a 12-month development and growth support package.
UnLtd Star People Awards offer small amounts of funding of up to £500 for individuals to try out their ideas to improve their local area. This might mean learning more about what is needed in the area or trying the project on a small scale.
Financial support to help your business to flourish
Business Loans for working capital, refurbishment, property development, new machinery or equipment – between £1,000 and £25,000