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Bangladesh Foreign Minister visits Portsmouth

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister and High Commissioner to the UK was officially welcomed to Portsmouth this week during a visit to boost business, education and cultural links. The visit, organised by …

June 30, 2022
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Portsmouth Enterprise Centre

New facilities generate income for Portsmouth Enterprise Centre

Facilities at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre on Quartremaine Road have been improved to support local businesses. The reception area has been redesigned to include a new accessible business hub and events …

June 22, 2022
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plastic bottles

Citrus first to supply staff with uniforms made from plastic bottles

Portsmouth family business Citrus Facilities Management is saving 7,000 plastic bottles a year from landfill by kitting out staff in uniforms made from recycled plastic. first to kit staff out …

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Creating Central South’s cities as ‘galleries without walls`

The Regenerate South Annual Conference, organised by Business South, attracted delegates from across the Central South region including Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth. Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon …

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lakeside plan

Largest UK solar PV project at Lakeside is unveiled

Plans to install a large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage system at Lakeside North Harbour have been unveiled. The ground-breaking project will include roof-mounted solar PV arrays across five …

June 15, 2022
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Queens Hotel prepares for Southsea Food Festival

The Queens Hotel is preparing for Southsea Food Festival on 16 and 17 July.  Head of Pastry Chloe Barter loves the alchemy that results from mixing simple ingredients to create …

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Portsmouth’s ‘integral’ role in Solent Freeport status

Featuring the first approved tax site in the Solent Freeport area at Dunsbury Park, Portsmouth is a key location to establishing full Freeport status, which was announced at the ‘Solent …

June 8, 2022
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Cash injection for SME business growth projects

Solent and Portsmouth based businesses can get a share of £700,000 grant funding from GetSet Solent to support business growth projects.  Eligible projects with costs between £4,000 up to £100,000 …

June 7, 2022
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Pioneering plastic-eating enzyme centre opens to industry

The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) has opened its new Industrial Engagement Hub (IEH).  This pioneering research centre is creating solutions to the global plastic pollution problem.  The …

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Portsmouth sandwich shop wins at national awards

Portsmouth’s André’s Food Bar won two headline categories at the Sandwich & Food To Go Industry Awards (The Sammies) ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London; ‘Best UK Independent …

May 25, 2022
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Work starts on port’s terminal extension

Portsmouth International Port’s terminal transformation has begun on a new carbon neutral terminal extension. This project is one of the UK’s first Levelling Up projects to get underway and will …

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Ofsted give glowing report on city’s Community Learning Service

A “Good” rating and praise has been given to the passionate teachers, managers and leaders at The Learning Place, run by Portsmouth’s City Council, in a new Ofsted report.  Ofsted …

May 24, 2022
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Research at the University of Portsmouth is rated as world-leading

Research at the University of Portsmouth is rated as world-leading in the latest national assessment of the quality and impact of research in UK universities. 77 % of research submitted …

May 18, 2022
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Royal Maritime Hotel wins service excellence award

The Royal Maritime Hotel & Club in Portsea was presented with a Visit England Rose award for service excellence, at an awards ceremony in Luton earlier this month. It was one of …

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the cookie queen

New bakery opening boosts Cosham High Street

Cosham High Street received a boost last week when The Cookie Queen  made its highly anticipated opening last week.  Customers queued out the door and along the street to sample New York style …

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Portsmouth Distillery Co. launches a rum

The Portsmouth Distillery Co. are launching their first rum, an authentically aged expression 1812 3 year Old Rum. With the launch of this rum The Portsmouth Distillery Co. makes history …

May 11, 2022
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Southsea Community Cinema

Southsea Community Cinema to open

The Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre is set to open in the heart of Southsea with an Open House on 19 May from noon – 5 pm. The opening …

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Get Set Growth Day

Get Set Day: Easy access to business advice

The Get Set Day, part of Portsmouth & South Coast Business Week, was an overwhelming success. Over 70 micro, start up and growth businesses visited us across two venues, the …

May 10, 2022
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GetSet Solent business workshops

GetSet Boogie Mites

GetSet Solent can support ambitious SMEs from all sectors, backgrounds, business models and sizes, provided they have the potential to grow and expand and are registered within the Solent LEP …

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Which? tourist survey names Southsea as a top seaside destination

Holidaymakers have named Southsea among some of the UK’s top seaside destinations this year – giving it a top score for visitor attractions.  In this year’s Which? survey, 4,300 people …

May 4, 2022
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Business Excellence Awards

City’s Economic Growth Manager wins lifetime achievement award at Business Excellence Awards

Mark Pembleton, recently retired Economic Growth Manager at Portsmouth City Council, was given the Lifetime Achievement award at The News’ Business Excellence Awards in recognition of a long and distinguished …

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Boosting employment opportunities for local people

Portsmouth City Council’s employment programmes support individuals and local business to boost skills and employment opportunities. We are currently working in partnership with the Industrial Services team at PSI Global …

April 26, 2022
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Portsmouth’s Tops Day Nurseries wins prestigious Queen’s Award

Portsmouth based Tops Day Nurseries has been awarded the The Queen’s Award  for Enterprise for sustainable development. Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries, said she was thrilled at scooping The …

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Southsea Food Festival

Southsea Food Festival is back. Last chance for traders to apply.

The popular Southsea Food Festival will return on the 16th & 17th July 2022.  Local food businesses and traders are invited to attend for this celebration weekend. The Southsea Food …

April 25, 2022
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Hampshire Chamber backs week-long ‘festival of enterprise

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with a range of partners to champion a week-long celebration of business. The second annual Portsmouth & South Coast Business Week takes place …

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Royal Navy’s new mega barge which will revolutionise fleet repairs

Typhoon 3000 is a modern, moveable jack-up barge and semi-submersible dry dock, with a maximum payload capacity of 3000 tonnes, making her the biggest jack-up barge on the South Coast.  …

April 13, 2022
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BAE Systems set to spur voluntary sector recovery

BAE Systems are set to spur voluntary sector recovery in Portsmouth by funding two new hubs. £250,000 funding comes as research highlights one in ten voluntary sector organisations in the …

April 12, 2022
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Tree planting

Lakeside North Harbour marks The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with tree planting

Portsmouth’s leading workspace, Lakeside North Harbour, has planted 10 new trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative. Created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the QGC invites …

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Portsmouth buses get £48 million investment

Lower bus fares, free fares for small business Saturdays and reduced journey time by bus are just a flavour of what’s to come thanks to a funding boost to Portsmouth’s …

April 5, 2022
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Southsea sees new restaurant growth

Southsea has seen a rapid new restaurant growth since the pandemic.  Research shows that since Covid-19 the UK’s casual dining fare is no longer just about big brands.  Independents are stepping …

March 30, 2022
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CTS Europe

Plans approved for new CTS Europe facility

Expansion plans for a new multi-million pound site for Portsmouth company CTS Europe have been approved. CTS Europe specialise in the design, construction and commissioning of Laboratory Containment Systems for …

March 24, 2022
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Dunsbury Park is a Freeport tax site

Dunsbury Park is now a live tax site. Part of the Portsmouth Gateway Cluster, Dunsbury Park is a key location within the Solent Freeport. Tax incentives include 100% business rate …

March 15, 2022
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City centre regeneration

As part of our £1bn+ city centre regeneration programme, we will be delivering an ambitious and sustainable development at the northern aspect of Portsmouth’s city centre. The exciting creation of …

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Tipner West

At Tipner West, the city is driving forward ambitious plans for a unique and innovative development that makes the most of the city’s location, heritage and skills. A leading marine …

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Solent Freeport: The Portsmouth Gateway Cluster

The Portsmouth Gateway Cluster, part of Solent Freeport, comprises of a customs zone at Portsmouth International Port and Portico and 43 hectares of un-developed land with full tax incentives at …

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Business Growth YTKO

New enterprise programme to bring recovery and growth for Portsmouth’s start-up businesses

Start-up and growing businesses in Portsmouth can now benefit from a new intensive enterprise programme delivered by YTKO. The Outset Start & Grow Programme is funded by Portsmouth City Council …

March 10, 2022
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Abri’s Create training inspires new wine tasting business

A SOUTHSEA wine enthusiast who posts wine reviews on Instagram plans to open her own shop after qualifying as a sommelier. Lucy Reynolds, 34, from Southsea, previously worked in corporate …

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Dunsbury Park

Dunsbury Park is a new business gateway to the south and an award winning business park next to junction 3 of the A3(M) on the London/Solent corridor. We’re creating thousands …

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Lakeside North Harbour

Set in stunning 130-acre landscaped grounds, Lakeside is home to world-class brands and vibrant SMEs located in superb, flexible grade A office space. With more than 100 companies, and nearly …

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Southsea Coastal Scheme

We are creating new coastal defences that improve our seafront and stimulate regeneration, whilst protecting communities and preserving the area’s unique heritage for future generations. Our £140M scheme is the …

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New website launched to Rediscover Portsmouth and support local businesses

Portsmouth City Council has launched the Rediscover Portsmouth mobile-friendly website to help residents shop local and support Portsmouth businesses.  The website, , highlights Portsmouth’s wide variety of businesses and …

February 23, 2022
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Bishops Printers win Manufacturer of the Year

Bishops Printers wins prestigious Print Industry Award

Local print and mailing company, Bishops Printers Ltd, has won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ from the Independent Print Industries Association. Delivering great products and services always requires hard work. Having …

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Freeport plan worth billions to Portsmouth takes a huge step forward

The legal agreement giving Dunsbury Park business park special tax status through the Solent Freeport is set to be submitted to the government . Described as ‘the first stage of …

February 16, 2022
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Portsmouth Port new terminal extension

UK economic boost expected as Portsmouth unveils sustainable port Masterplan

Portsmouth International Port has unveiled it’s port Masterplan and is looking beyond its boundary as  it sets out an ‘ambitious sustainable future’ which is expected to generate £739m in ten …

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Fawcett Road banners

Fawcett Road gets a spring clean

Fawcett Road in Southsea has been the focus of a range of street improvements. Portsmouth City Council has worked with Priory School pupils to design new eye-catching lamppost banners that …

February 9, 2022
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General Electric to set up a base in Portsmouth

American conglomerate General Electric’s subsidiary, GE Energy Power Conversion UK Limited, has applied to the city council for permission to convert the former HSS Hire building in Herbert Street in …

February 2, 2022
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HMRC announces Portsmouth to become a new regional centre

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have announced that Portsmouth will become the location for a new HMRC regional centre in the south of England and is committed to retaining a …

January 26, 2022
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New import customs checks start in January

Time is running out to get ready for new import customs checks from the EU, with many businesses still unprepared.  According to a recent survey carried out by the Institute of …

December 22, 2021
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New warehouse completed to create more than 120 jobs

Millions of pounds will be generated for Portsmouth services by a brand new warehouse Portsmouth City Council has completed at its award-winning Dunsbury Park.  The 120,000 sq ft unit will …

December 15, 2021
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Dunsbury Park

Dunsbury Park is an award-winning business park next to junction 3 of the A3(M) on the London/Solent corridor. Thousands of new jobs will be created at this unique, natural parkland …

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