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January 11, 2023

The Business Support team at Portsmouth City Council have announced a programme of face-to-face events across the city for small businesses throughout January, February and March. The programme of business support will offer advice, access to available funding, business start-up and growth programmes, data and skills development.

The business events programme features weekly 1:2:1 support drop-in sessions from 19 January at the Victory Business Centre in Fratton with business advisors. There are two Crowdfunder funding drop-in sessions planned on 18 January at Cosham Library and 22 February in Fratton to learn more about how to access the Portsmouth Small Business fund which supports new business start-ups and existing small businesses to grow.

As part of a whole week of business events during Portsmouth Business Week, the council’s business support team will be running a GetSet Growth day on 9 February to help businesses who want to diversify or innovate to grow. The GetSet Growth fully funded programme offers business specialist, fully funded access to finance and marketing support.

There are also free business networking events at First Friday Network on 3 February and 3 March at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre and the team will be on hand at the Shaping Portsmouth Conference at The Guildhall on 27 January and Portsmouth Business Expo at the Village Hotel, North Harbour on 23 February.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development said:

“We know times are tough for business and we’re here to help business to survive, grow and thrive. As one of the UK’s “most entrepreneurial” cities the council’s business support team will be out and about across the city offering comprehensive business support, access to available funding, training and programmes to support skills development, recruitment and job placements. I urge businesses to reach out and talk to the team today “

Practical support and free advice on offer cover a variety of topics from supporting employees, helping with finances, advice to develop customers and sales and wellbeing support.

Some of the available funding opportunities include a LoCASE grant to implement energy efficiency measures, in addition to business development for companies providing sustainable and green services or products. Council funding is available to support apprenticeships for new employees or existing staff looking to boost their skills.

Other free support includes digital skills mentoring from BT and Google and the council’s  own dedicated free business listings website that promotes local business to Portsmouth’s residents.

For business owners and managers who can not make one of the events, the Business Support team are available to talk to through a dedicated Telephone Helpline  – 023 9284 1641 (Monday to Fridays during office hours).

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