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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.

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.

The Big Issue Invest: Corporate Social Venturing Programme

The Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) programme develops early stage social businesses through investment, business support and cross-sector partnerships. This innovative programme takes the corporate social responsibility tools of employee volunteering and grant funding to a whole new level.

The CSV programme supports social businesses that work with the social outcome objectives of health and well-being, financial inclusion and education, employment and training.

The British Export Association

The British Exporters Association (BExA) is an independent national trade association representing the interests of the export community. Membership is open to all companies and other organisations resident in the United Kingdom who export goods or services, or who provide assistance to such companies in the promotion and furtherance of export activities.

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

Visit Britain / Visit England

Business Support Hub – Travel and Tourism

Topics currently covered on the Hub are:

  1. Start your business

The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.

  1. Find funding

Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.

  1. Know your legal obligations

On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.

  1. Understand health and safety

Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business accessible

Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business sustainable

How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.

  1. Employ and manage staff

Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.

  1. Find training

Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.

  1. Get quality assessed

How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.

  1. Enter the Awards for Excellence

How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

  1. Market your business

VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.

  1. Attract international visitors

Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.

  1. Find local support

An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) an Growth Hubs are.