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Sardison Capital

Sardison Capital is one of the UK’s leading Business & Property finance brokers with access to a wide range of funding solutions. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we have amassed a strong and reliable panel of funders that provide finance to our clients throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on providing a fast and professional service, while being able to give all our clients access to a range of Free tools and templates to help build a strong and successful finance application.

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.

Stuart Wells Mentoring

With over 20 years as a director and General manager in manufacturing at various locations and with up to 500 employees,as well as carrying out projects in China and India. The industries he has predominantly been involved with are aerospace, Industrial and nuclear. During that time manufacturing moved from autocratic style management to leadership and
empowerment and Stuart was given professional training to take the business forward. With his core skills in the following he can help you as a business owner with:

  • Leadership development
  • Empowered teams
  • Visual Management
  • Continuous improvement
  • Lean – reduction of waste in all forms
  • Business improvement

 

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.

SWIG Finance

SWIG Finance is a not-for-profit distributing Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). We provide business loans and support to Start Ups and SMEs in the Southwest and South of England.

Our decisions are made by people, not computers, which means that we lend by looking at the bigger picture. It also means that we can often lend when others can’t.

We are a delivery partner for Start Up Loans. These loans are designed for businesses trading under two years and they range from £500 up to £25,000 per applicant.

Our Small Business Loans are designed for SMEs who have been trading over two years. These loans range from £25,001 up to £250,000.

We are an accredited delivery partner for the government’s Recovery Loan Scheme. This allows us to support businesses where security is not available. Personal guarantees are not required.