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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.

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.