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British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK.  Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.
BCC has been growing British business for more than 150 years, providing companies with practical support, useful connections and valuable access to new ideas and innovations. Even though the BCC is not for profit, they are powerfully placed to help those who are.  To find out more about becoming a member, contact your local Chamber.

British Marine Federation

British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry representing businesses involved in:
Leisure boats – seagoing and inland, Small commercial workboats up to 24m, Superyachts, Hire fleets and all the equipment and services needed for those craft.

Shaping Portsmouth Business Support Bank

The Business Support Bank offers free peer-to-peer advice and guidance on how to develop a business to recent start-ups and established businesses in the PO1-PO6 postcode area.

Due to the success of the pilot page, the support has been extended until They are currently offering mentoring and advice in:

  • Business Planning
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance

If you’d like to apply for mentoring, please complete the application form available here, and return it to stuart.brown@shapingportsmouth.co.uk

Cell Block Studios

Looking for somewhere to run your digital creative business from?
Cell Block Studios is located at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and provide a unique space for businesses to grow. Cell Block Studios offer a welcoming community that also promotes interaction and collaboration on projects between the varieties of businesses.

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