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HIVE Portsmouth

HIVE Portsmouth is the central point of contact for services and community connection. Based in the Central Library in Portsmouth; HIVE is the home of social action and enterprise where people can come with ideas and be supported to grow them. Networks, support and resources for start-up social enterprises and community groups who want to develop trading. For individuals and groups in Portsmouth who have a brilliant idea to improve their community.  Drop into the HIVE for information and support to develop a social enterprise or charitable organisation.  Tailored support for start-ups and small social enterprises.

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.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth. Support tailored to your business:
  • A dedicated, experienced, Manufacturing Growth Manager to provide on-going support
  • A comprehensive business diagnostic tool, GROWTHmapper for manufacturers
  • Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Using an average 35% of the cost of implementing an improvement project
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth
What MGP means for Manufacturing SMEs If you are an SME manufacturer, the Manufacturing Growth programme provides many advantages for you, including:
  • An independent business review to identify opportunities for business improvement and growth
  • A diagnostic tool specifically designed to help benchmark your business against internal aspiration and goals
  • A detailed action plan guiding you through the process of improving your business
  • On-going business support with a trusted and experienced Manufacturing Growth Manager
  • Access to grants to co-fund your improvement project
  • Guidance to access other support mechanisms and manufacturing themed workshops available from Summer 2019

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

Nesta

Nesta is a global innovation foundation.  Using our knowledge, networks, funding and skills, we work hard to see new opportunities and challenges; spark creative answers from many sources; shape brilliant ideas into practical solutions; and then shift whole systems in a new direction.

Prepare Your Business

Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists below. We explain what should be in place throughout the journey, so you can plan ahead. The British Business Bank checklists can help your business prepare for your equity investment journey.

Social Enterprise Investment Fund II

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now fully committed having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises. SEIF II supports ambitious social enterprises and charities with sustainable business models looking to grow and extend their social impact.  The Fund offers repayable finance of between £250,000 and £3 million for growth, working capital and capital expenditure purposes.

Solent Prosperity Fund: Start Up Solent

If you are setting out on that journey with ambitions to run your own business, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is here to help. We can help you access a comprehensive range of assistance, including grant aid, loans, investment support, networking and pointers to other dedicated sources of help. We want to hear from you if are a start-up with a business plan predicated on high growth and you are in search of advice and support on capital investment.

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.