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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.

Shaping Portsmouth Business Support Bank

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. Due to the success of the pilot page, the support has been extended until They are currently offering mentoring and advice in:
  • Business Planning
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
If you’d like to apply for mentoring, please complete the application form available here, and return it to stuart.brown@shapingportsmouth.co.uk

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies. The Trust can help your organisation tackle climate change by reducing your carbon emissions and identifying growth and revenue opportunities through resource reduction initiatives, cost-saving strategies and the adoption of resource-efficient technologies.

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.

Charity Bank

We were founded to support charities with loans that they couldn’t find elsewhere and to show people how their savings could be invested ethically and in ways that would make them happy. If you’re looking for a loan to help further your social mission, you’re in the right place. We lend to charities, social enterprises and other organisations where the loan is being used for a social purpose.

City Eye

City Eye exists to inspire and promote film and digital culture in the region and is supported by Southampton City Council. Based in Southampton, we are here to support the community, arts organisations, individuals, emerging talent and established talent in the achievement of film-making goals. We achieve this through a wide range of projects and activities including our production work, our education offering and our screening programmes including Southampton Film Week. Support organisations for film makers: http://www.city-eye.co.uk/links.html

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.

Community Action Isle of Wight

At Community Action IW we have a wide variety of tools, techniques and tips to help support you in raising income for your organisation. From assisting in project planning and development, setting up a budget and sourcing the right place to apply, we can support you in every step of your fundraising journey. We can support you in identifying diverse ways of generating income to ensure you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. Ensuring your organisation has access and knowledge about a wide spectrum of funding sources including grants, contracts and trading.

Community Investment Fund 2019/20

The Community Investment Fund supports community based organisations delivering services/projects/activities which support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire – Strategic Plan 2017-2021. Priority is given to organisations serving communities with high levels of multiple deprivation. This is taken into consideration when calculating the value of any award. You can apply for amounts over £5000. Phone:01962 845390 Email: ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk

County Councillor Grants

Each County Councillor will receive an annual budget, to be allocated to local projects, initiatives or organisations in their Division. Legitimate groups and organisations, but not individuals, will be able to apply to their local Councillor for a grant. Groups and organisations (but not individuals) can apply for funding for both revenue (one-off) and minor capital projects. Revenue grants should generally be used to support short term project related costs e.g. a time limited activity group for children. It is expected that the grants will benefit a wide range of groups/activities: for example, vulnerable children or adults, young people, facilities for older people, community facilities, parish councils (but only for specific projects), schools minor traffic or safety works, local environment projects, and community safety. The opening date for the scheme is 1 June and the deadline for submitting grant requests is the 28 February in each financial year.The minimum grant payable is £100 and the maximum grant payable is £8,000. Councillors are encouraged to fully utilise their annual grant allocation in the financial year in question. Any unspent budget cannot be carried forward. Find Your Councillor