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Rural Communities Fund 2018-19

The Rural Communities Fund supports Parish Councils, groups and organisations in rural Hampshire and small market towns. The priorities of the scheme are to build community resilience and encourage self-help. Applications are welcome to support three specific themes as well as general projects or initiatives supporting the scheme priorities. Community-led flood alleviation, Countryside access, Rural retailers and community enterprises and Other (e.g. supporting vulnerable and older people; supporting innovative transport solutions to access services).
We typically fund up to a maximum of £5,000, although larger grants are available to support applications for community-led flood alleviation schemes and retailer and community enterprise schemes (typically up to £10,000).
Contact us to discuss your project ideas before making an application and we can advise if it will be eligible
Email: ruralcommunitiesfund@hants.gov.uk

Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by Government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment practices in the private sector. The SBC covers the whole of the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The late payment culture that exists between businesses in the UK means that:

  • a third of payments to small businesses are late
  • the average value of each payment is £6,142
  • 20% of small businesses have run in to cash flow problems due to late payments
  • if small businesses were paid on time, this could boost the economy by an estimated £2.5 billion annually

Launched in December 2017 the Small Business Commissioner, leads an independent office aimed at empowering small businesses in resolving disputes around late and unfair payment issues and provides advice, including on how to take action if a payment is overdue.

The Commissioner urges small businesses affected by late or unfair payment practices to use the SBC’s complaint investigation service and promises to take action to tackle the worst examples of supply chain bullying.

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 Leadership Academy

The Solent Leadership Academy hold monthly boardroom sessions that bring together non-competing companies to focus on improving leadership skills. Offering you the chance to:

  • See the ROI of leadership development activity in your business
  • Inspire your team to increase performance
  • Learn from other non-competing companies what works and what doesn’t
  • Invest your development budget to increase the capability of your team

Aimed at Directors and Managers within tech led businesses, from various sectors, located in Hampshire, employing 3-50 people.
Looking to scale, grow and/or optimise profitability.
Typically turning over £300k to £2 Million.

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.

South West Energy Hub

The South West Energy Hub supports organisations across the wider South West of England to identify, develop and implement energy projects.

The aim of the Energy Hub is to encourage investment into energy infrastructure, connect local institutions and share best practice across the five Hub regions to increase the number, scale and quality of energy projects.  The types of energy projects given support will range from home energy retrofitting to street lighting replacement, and from low carbon electricity and heat generation to energy supply for low carbon vehicles. In some cases the Hub may support a revenue investment project which offers a new service to consumers, particularly where this is innovative, has the potential to be replicated elsewhere and contributes to energy market transformation.

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.

Tech Nation

Empowering ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector through data, stories and media campaigns.

Our story began in Shoreditch in 2011 when we were launched to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City — or Silicon Roundabout. Since then we’ve been on a journey, spreading our activities to cover other parts of the UK, and set up Tech North to run programmes across the North of England. In November 2017, the launch of Tech Nation was announced, consolidating Tech City UK and Tech North’s impact.

Now as Tech Nation, we’re expanding our network of growth programmes, events, skills and data resources to reach all corners and clusters of the UK.

Read More: https://technation.io/ 

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.