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Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust was set up as an independent organisation 25 years ago to help consumers save energy.

Our mission has not changed, although our scope and reach has grown hugely. With the consumer at the heart, we’re continuing our work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.

Our insight of consumers runs deep. With expertise in energy saving behaviour, home renewable energy, transport and local energy programmes, we know how consumers work. We support businesses and organisations and encourage them to build from our insight and our unique reach with consumers.
T: 020 7222 0101
E: business@est.org.uk

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a guarantee scheme to facilitate lending to viable businesses that have been turned down for a loan or other form of debt finance due to inadequate security or a proven track record. In instances such as this, EFG may be able to turn that decline into an acceptance, but that is a decision for the lender and will only be considered if the lender is satisfied that your business is viable and can afford the facility repayments.
The delivery of EFG, including all lending decisions, is fully delegated to the lender. They will decide whether EFG is appropriate and confirm whether your business is eligible, but businesses unsure about whether they meet the lender’s criteria for borrowing or have had a borrowing request declined are encouraged to ask their lender about EFG.

EFG supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

Term loans,
Revolving facilities, such as overdrafts,
Invoice finance facilities,
Asset finance facilities

List of lenders and application process

Enterprise First

Enterprise First offer a range of free support including independent advice and mentoring support.  One-to-one business support and workshops are available for start ups and established businesses.We’re a not-for-profit company, with public and private-sector funding that allows us to offer independent, confidential  advice and support completely free, or at a nominal cost.

We help people whatever stage they are at in business, doesn’t matter if you are pre start, a young business or a well established one.  We have a variety of services to support you on your journey.Need help with writing a business plan, securing funding, scaling up or just want a bit of advice?

Finding solutions is at the heart of what we do.  Our experienced adviser team work with you on a one on one basis to offer a bespoke package of support. Our services include:
Finance and access to funding – we can help you apply for a loan and help you start or progress your business
Business units for let – office and light industrial units
One to one business advice – this service is offered in areas where we have support from local authorities
Workshops on marketing and accounting – get the training you need

T: 0800 652 6254

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.
As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. You can also benefit from access to new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for collaboration with business partners abroad.

Mr Toni Saraiva -info@eiscltd.eu

European Innovation Council

The EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

Starting at just £147 in the first year plus a £30 joining fee for businesses with no employees we pride ourselves in supporting smaller businesses like yours.

Open to FSB members and non members:

 

FSB Coronavirus Hub (includes free Webinars)

FSB Skills Hub

FSB Events

 

FSB Membership Benefits include:

 

FSB Tax Investigation Protection

FSB Legal Protection Scheme

FSB Employment Protection

FSB Health and Safety Advice

FSB Legal Hub

FSB Care

FSB Insurance Service

FSB Payments

FSB Funding Platform

FSB Cash Advance

FSB Debt Recovery

FSB Workplace Pensions

FSB Cyber Protection

FSB Business Banking

FSB PR/Crisis Management

FSB First Voice

Female Ventures Fund

The Female Ventures Fund is an (S)EIS evergreen Fund.

What are we here to achieve

To focus on capital growth in the long term and to ensure that portfolio companies deliver growth in revenue, profit and value.

To reduce the risks through a diversified portfolio of carefully selected early-stage businesses and provision of development capital after the early stages.

 

How we impact others

Investees — to assist growth in medium to long term by providing expert advice alongside new equity.

Investors — to maximise returns by achieving significant capital gains across the portfolio.

Third parties — to make a positive, measurable social and environmental impact.

Harpers for Growth

Who we are:

We are a results driven business growth consultancy practice supporting SME’s transform and grow.

What we do:

We take a 360 degree view of your current situation to quickly identify the areas giving the biggest and most immediate impact on your bottom line. Our unique 360i approach means we don’t just propose a plan and walk away, we pride ourselves on 20% strategy and 80% execution – this balance works and we know it makes the difference.

Industry qualified experts in every field

Strategy: We have a high level strategic review designed for business owners and senior management teams to give clarity on vision and aspirations, and understand both the opportunities and roads blocks for growth and business recovery.

Sales: We are focused on performance and will support you in delivering your company’s sales targets and plans – we know what works and what doesn’t.

Marketing: We take a structured approach to creating a deliverable strategy. For us, effective marketing means understanding your customers to develop your strategy.

Lean Operations: We will work with you to fine-tune your business from the ground up, creating efficiency and optimising your operational performance.

 

Our approach is flexible to suit your business needs and budget: we can offer support from the board to the shop floor.

How we Work – click here to view  

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.