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Business Support Hub – Travel and Tourism

Topics currently covered on the Hub are:

  1. Start your business

The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.

  1. Find funding

Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.

  1. Know your legal obligations

On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.

  1. Understand health and safety

Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business accessible

Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business sustainable

How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.

  1. Employ and manage staff

Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.

  1. Find training

Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.

  1. Get quality assessed

How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.

  1. Enter the Awards for Excellence

How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

  1. Market your business

VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.

  1. Attract international visitors

Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.

  1. Find local support

An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) an Growth Hubs are.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

Starting at just £147 in the first year plus a £30 joining fee for businesses with no employees we pride ourselves in supporting smaller businesses like yours.

Open to FSB members and non members:

 

FSB Coronavirus Hub (includes free Webinars)

FSB Skills Hub

FSB Events

 

FSB Membership Benefits include:

 

FSB Tax Investigation Protection

FSB Legal Protection Scheme

FSB Employment Protection

FSB Health and Safety Advice

FSB Legal Hub

FSB Care

FSB Insurance Service

FSB Payments

FSB Funding Platform

FSB Cash Advance

FSB Debt Recovery

FSB Workplace Pensions

FSB Cyber Protection

FSB Business Banking

FSB PR/Crisis Management

FSB First Voice

Eastleigh Tec Hub

Eastleigh Tec Hub is a flexible, creative and technical space for digital start-ups and creatives in Hampshire and the wider area to work, meet and network.

It is an economic, creative and innovation initiative funded by Recreate, Arts Council England, PUSH and supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and Wessex House.
If you’re in need of flexible work space and might be interested in becoming a member of Tec Hub, visit our Become a Member page for more details and the sign-up form.

Aspex

Aspex exists to support emerging artists, expose the creative process, and engage new audiences with visual art.

We achieve this by delivering an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions, off-site projects and participation events. Our aim is to make the appreciation and creation of art a more inclusive activity.

Telephone: 023 9277 8080

Email: info@aspex.org.uk

Address: The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF

Cell Block Studios

Looking for somewhere to run your digital creative business from?
Cell Block Studios is located at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and provide a unique space for businesses to grow. Cell Block Studios offer a welcoming community that also promotes interaction and collaboration on projects between the varieties of businesses.

The Catalyst Programme

Created by the University of Southampton Science Park, Catalyst is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits with scientific or technology-led early stage businesses.

If you have an exciting business concept but need help to successfully bring it to market, harnessing the power of our proven business incubation process could help you get there faster. Our programme is an intensive mix of high-level mentoring, commercially focused workshops and seminars with leading professionals, access to a dynamic network of like-minded individuals and a physical business base here at the Science Park over six months.

 

Aspace Arts

‘a space’ arts supports artists and inspires audiences through exhibitions, studio spaces, professional development and by culturally reanimating lost spaces with arts and heritage.