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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

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

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a guarantee scheme to facilitate lending to viable businesses that have been turned down for a loan or other form of debt finance due to inadequate security or a proven track record. In instances such as this, EFG may be able to turn that decline into an acceptance, but that is a decision for the lender and will only be considered if the lender is satisfied that your business is viable and can afford the facility repayments.
The delivery of EFG, including all lending decisions, is fully delegated to the lender. They will decide whether EFG is appropriate and confirm whether your business is eligible, but businesses unsure about whether they meet the lender’s criteria for borrowing or have had a borrowing request declined are encouraged to ask their lender about EFG.

EFG supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

Term loans,
Revolving facilities, such as overdrafts,
Invoice finance facilities,
Asset finance facilities

List of lenders and application process

Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust was set up as an independent organisation 25 years ago to help consumers save energy.

Our mission has not changed, although our scope and reach has grown hugely. With the consumer at the heart, we’re continuing our work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.

Our insight of consumers runs deep. With expertise in energy saving behaviour, home renewable energy, transport and local energy programmes, we know how consumers work. We support businesses and organisations and encourage them to build from our insight and our unique reach with consumers.
T: 020 7222 0101
E: business@est.org.uk

Becoming an Employer

Having employees isn’t just about paying them. It’s also about understanding responsibilities such as statutory payments and sending regular reports and payments to HMRC.

Use the online guide on becoming an employer to find out about: taking on staff, running a payroll, sick pay and end-of-year tasks and what to do when an employee leaves.

HMRC also has a new series of five short videos to help and support new employers:
New employers the basics
When and how to pay PAYE
Payroll software and sending reports to HMRC
How to send your final PAYE submission
How to issue P60s

Crowd Cube

Crowdcube have helped over 700 ambitious entrepreneurs fund their business’ growth, more than any other equity crowdfunding platform. You can increase revenue, improve customer advocacy and brand loyalty by engaging your network by raising on Crowdcube. To complement our unparalleled expertise, we’ve built the world’s most powerful crowdfunding platform designed to turn your friends, family, fans and customers into investors.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe helps the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
Give Europe’s culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences. The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. Subject to certain conditions EEA (European Economic Area), candidate/potential candidate and ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) countries can also participate in the programme on an equal footing with Member States.

iamDigital

We are increasingly living in a society that is digital-by-default; this is creating a strong need to develop digital skills and increase the digital capability of all for a digital economy. iAMDigital is a £1m fund which invests in new ventures and established organisations working to increase digital inclusion and digital skills in the UK, outside of London.

iAMDigital will be investing in organisations that have a strong track record of delivering results and are seeking to scale their approach. We are offering low interest loans or equity investments ranging from £50,000 to £250,000. These investments will be matched 50% by the applicant company; for example, an investment request of £50,000 must be matched by £50,000 additional private funding.