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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 Buildings Capital Fund 2019/20

Expires 30 Jun 2019
The Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital based projects including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and charitable and voluntary organisations (which offer a full and varied open access community programme). Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000. The aim of this funding programme is to focus on projects which provide improvements that reduce running costs and develop facilities which support early intervention and prevention through helping people to stay safe, eat well, be active, access information and advice and connect with others. If you require further guidance or wish to discuss your project with the CCBS Grants Team, please call 01962 845390 or e-mail ccbsgrants@hants.gov.uk.

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