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Regenerate South Conference 2022

Bringing together stakeholders and investors around the Central South region, the Regenerate South Conference showcases exclusive industry expertise and knowledge to drive investment in the region. At the 7th Regenerate South …

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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 …

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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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The Learning Place team

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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New £7m Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality opens

The University of Portsmouth’s new £7 million Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) opened last week and is the UK’s first purpose-built facility to bring together a whole …

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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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Planning service committed to improving performance

Planning for new developments in the city are set to progress faster after a successful initiative to tackle the backlog of applications was held by Portsmouth City Council’s planning service. …

May 9, 2022
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The Business Innovation South Expo

Lakeside are proud to be supporting and hosting The Business Innovation South Expo on 14 September. This exciting event offers a platform for companies in the science, technology, engineering (STEM) …

May 6, 2022
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Centre for Enzyme Innovation grand opening

On 27th May 2022, the Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) will launch its new Industrial Engagement Hub. This will be a space where industry and researchers can collaborate on developing …

May 4, 2022
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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 …

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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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Portsmouth City Council supports greening projects

Two city areas have been transformed into new Green and Clean community spaces to improve greening, air quality and health for residents with funding from Portsmouth City Council’s CIL Neighbourhood …

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Crowdfunder upgraded coaching offer

Crowdfunder have upgraded their coaching offer to provide better support for community project owners and to help get the message out.  Online courses are available, from introductory courses to get …

March 23, 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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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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Local pallet company plans to be most sustainable in industry

TICPI Group is a family-run pallet company based in Portsmouth. They supply pallets nationally to a range of customers, including high street retailers and online distributers. The company is committed …

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Hotwalls Studios

Transformation of former military barracks in Old Portsmouth, into 13 creative studios alongside a deli-style eaterie was completed and opened in July 2016. Dating back to the 15th Century, Hotwalls …

March 9, 2022
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Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival generated £15.5m for Portsmouth’s economy

A report, by Bluegrass Research, shows that the 2021 edition of the Victorious Festival, held on Southsea Common, had an economic impact of £15,525,675.  This represents an impressive 24 per …

March 2, 2022
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Shops in Castle Road Portsmouth

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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University of Portsmouth's eXRe project

Portsmouth’s successful £1.6M UK Community Renewal Fund projects get underway

Three Portsmouth economic development projects, that received funding of just under £1.6M from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, are now underway.  Portsmouth City Council was the …

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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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CGI proposed park City Centre North

Major land purchase in city centre for council’s regeneration plans

The former Tricorn site in City Centre North has been purchased by Portsmouth City Council, supporting regeneration of the area. Real estate investment and development advisor, Delancey previously owned a …

February 2, 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 …

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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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Scarlet Tap in Palmerston Road

Portsmouth City Council announce grant to support Leisure and Hospitality business impacted by Omicron

Portsmouth City Council have announced that applications are now open for the Omicron Leisure and Hospitality Grant (OHLG). This is a one-off grant that has been designed for leisure and …

January 14, 2022
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Pupils from Cumberland Infant School

Crowdfund CIL Transformation funding supports community projects

Cumberland Infant School in Portsmouth have received a funding boost from Portsmouth City Council’s Crowdfund CIL Transformation Fund to reach their target to fund their Community Wilding Project. The Southsea …

January 12, 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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Ofsted Success for Portsmouth Schools

91% of Portsmouth schools are now rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted making Portsmouth schools now above the national average.  The good news from Ofsted came at the end …

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Portsmouth City Council announce new Resilience Grant to support business impacted by Covid-19

Portsmouth City Council have announced today a new ARG Business Resilience Grant to help businesses that have continued to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  This additional grant is …

December 21, 2021
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