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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

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

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.

Creative England

We are an Investor, an Influencer and a Creator; driving diverse creative collaboration and growth. Our mission is for England’s creative businesses and talent to be the most successful and innovative in the world: a platform for new voices, building economic growth that benefits our nation.  Creative England is dedicated to the growth of the creative industries. We invest in talented people and their creative ideas, nurturing our richly diverse games, TV, film and digital media industries. From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring; we champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses. As a not-for-profit organisation we mobilise public and private resources to garner as much support and investment for the creative industries as possible. We work with a wide range of partners and investors from commercial brands and companies such as Google, Facebook and KPMG to local authorities, cultural bodies and universities, national government, and the European Commission.

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.

Creative Industry Finance

Creative Industry Finance is led and managed by Creative United, with funding from Arts Council England. The programme is delivered in partnership with a specially selected group of lenders and a network of expert business advisors. We provide business support to creative companies, arts organisations, museums and libraries. We enable confidence with business planning and understanding of access to finance. Working closely with clients to explore finance options, get investment ready, and apply to a lender.

Creative Network South

A network of Businesses, Universities and Local Authorities working together to promote the creative economy in the Solent area. Creative Network South (CNS) is working to develop the creative industries in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our prime focus is the attraction and retention of creative talent. CNS acts as an advocate for the creative economy and with our partners we work to support the development of creative businesses. The UK defines creative industries as: “Those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.” For more information call Charles Freeman 07970 822 380 or email charlesgjfreeman@msn.com