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HIVE Portsmouth

HIVE Portsmouth is the central point of contact for services and community connection. Based in the Central Library in Portsmouth; HIVE is the home of social action and enterprise where people can come with ideas and be supported to grow them. Networks, support and resources for start-up social enterprises and community groups who want to develop trading.

For individuals and groups in Portsmouth who have a brilliant idea to improve their community.  Drop into the HIVE for information and support to develop a social enterprise or charitable organisation.  Tailored support for start-ups and small social enterprises.

Solent Leadership Academy

The Solent Leadership Academy hold monthly boardroom sessions that bring together non-competing companies to focus on improving leadership skills. Offering you the chance to:

  • See the ROI of leadership development activity in your business
  • Inspire your team to increase performance
  • Learn from other non-competing companies what works and what doesn’t
  • Invest your development budget to increase the capability of your team

Aimed at Directors and Managers within tech led businesses, from various sectors, located in Hampshire, employing 3-50 people.
Looking to scale, grow and/or optimise profitability.
Typically turning over £300k to £2 Million.

Spotcap Unsecured Business Loans

Spotcap provides loans to profitable businesses that have been operating for at least three years, with a minimum turnover of £500k. Most businesses use a Spotcap loan to bridge a cashflow gap, purchase stock or inventory, or to refurbish premises.
Spotcap provides funding to businesses in all sectors, accept for construction, property and real estate.

Coach Directors

We offer Company Coaching for SME’s.
We work with progressive leaders and challenge them to step up to deliver more value. These engagements are led by the company owner, CEO / MD or a Board Member.  We have various frames we typically use with companies ranging from Vision and Purpose to Share Holder Value Enhancement, Sales and Leadership.

Typically, our clients see an ROI of between 10:1 and 20:1 when they work with us.

The South East Physics Network (SEPnet)

The South East Physics Network is a consortium of nine partner university physics departments (Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and The Open University) working together to advance and sustain physics as a strategically important subject for the UK economy and its science base in the South East of England. SEPnet works with industry to address skills needs and creates opportunities for industry and SEPnet partners to work more closely together.

There has never been a better time to study physics. STEM graduates, especially those in physics, are in great demand in many sectors including defence, energy, engineering, finance, IT and many more.
 SEPnet:

  • offers employers access to the best and brightest students
  • works with industry to ensure physics graduates and postgraduates are qualified to meet industry needs
  • provides a first point of contact for organisations to link with physics academics for business and research collaboration.

SEPnet’s Employer Engagement Programme includes:

  • 8-week industry placements for physics undergraduates (currently seeking placements with companies, see the SEPnetwebsite for details)
  • Industry placements/consultancy challenges for physics PhD students
  • Industry site visits and tours
  • Employer talks and workshops
  • Work shadowing and industry mentoring opportunities
  • Industry and researcher networking events.

For further details or clarification of any of the information above please contact danny.atkins@port.ac.uk

Student Placement and Employability Centre

We are seeking placements in all sectors and industries, for students from the Faculty of Technology, which covers areas such as computing, maths, physics and engineering. Companies get free range to select their preferred candidates, and the student becomes a full time employee of the company on a fixed term contract.
The Student Placement and Employability Centre in the Faculty of Technology can advise on procedures and how a student may fit in to, and provide benefit to, your organisation – including creating a graduate pipeline, the potential for ongoing succession planning, a point of contact with the University, cost effective short term resource and up to date, technical knowledge and innovative thinking.

The team also provides free of charge advertising and recruitment administration services to help facilitate the process, to make recruiting a student stress free.

For further details please contact Emily Parry, Placement and Employability Manager, at tech.placements@port.ac.uk.

NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. The course is eight weeks long but starts with an exciting, immersive,
Ignition’ event and ends with a chance to celebrate and swap experiences. We concentrate on providing early-stage businesses with the best environment, digital learning and networks.

To find out how to apply and how we could help #PowerUp you and your early stage business, contact us at  accelerator@natwest.com

Business Help

Having worked closely with some of the top operators in the catering industry such as the CEO of McDonald’s and the MD of Cafe Nero. I am now offering my help to start up entrepreneurs and SME’s that are experiencing both positive and negative operational challenges.
How can I help?

  • I can assist you in writing your business plan and overcoming the start-up minefield, 
  • Securing start up loans up to £25000 (per person), 
  • Coaching / Mentoring, 
  • Brand standards and positioning to launch franchising opportunities, 
  • Cost reductions
  • Sales, sales.sales.

Most importantly I have been there and done it so will give you straight concise answers to the challenges you encounter.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.
As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. You can also benefit from access to new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for collaboration with business partners abroad.

Mr Toni Saraiva -info@eiscltd.eu

Enterprise First

Enterprise First offer a range of free support including independent advice and mentoring support.  One-to-one business support and workshops are available for start ups and established businesses.We’re a not-for-profit company, with public and private-sector funding that allows us to offer independent, confidential  advice and support completely free, or at a nominal cost.

We help people whatever stage they are at in business, doesn’t matter if you are pre start, a young business or a well established one.  We have a variety of services to support you on your journey.Need help with writing a business plan, securing funding, scaling up or just want a bit of advice?

Finding solutions is at the heart of what we do.  Our experienced adviser team work with you on a one on one basis to offer a bespoke package of support. Our services include:
Finance and access to funding – we can help you apply for a loan and help you start or progress your business
Business units for let – office and light industrial units
One to one business advice – this service is offered in areas where we have support from local authorities
Workshops on marketing and accounting – get the training you need

T: 0800 652 6254