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Portsmouth in top 10 for most popular city

According to a recent survey by YouGov, Portsmouth has been ranked one of the top 10 cities in the UK. Popularity is defined as the percentage of people who have …

May 8, 2024
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Space cluster celebrates first year

It’s been a busy first year for Space South Central, the UK’s largest space cluster, promoting growth and innovation in the thriving space industry across Hampshire, Surrey and the Isle …

May 1, 2024
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Eat the Island – 13 June

Eat the Island is a free networking event organised by Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fare, Queens Hotel and the University of Portsmouth. After a successful first event last year, Eat …

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Thrive together: small business growth day 27 June

Solent Business & Skills Solutions have designed a new FREE training day for small businesses in the region. Thrive Together is a CPD Day designed especially for start-ups and established …

April 24, 2024
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First business moves into new city centre Enterprise Centre

Citrus Service Group, the first business to take premises in Portsmouth City Council’s new enterprise centre has moved in. City Buildings Enterprise Centre is located in Commercial Road on the …

April 10, 2024
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Jordan Richards with HSDC Principal Mike Gaston

HSDC student is first ever apprentice to be promoted in company’s history

Jordan Richards, who is studying a Laboratory Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship course at HSDC’s South Downs Campus whilst working at Wickham Micro Ltd in Fareham is the first ever …

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Students at Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays’ refresh “Made in Portsmouth”

Gunwharf Quays has re-launched its ‘Made in Portsmouth’ initiative to encourage young people to help shape the future of retail. The brief for students invites participants to reimagine and repurpose …

March 27, 2024
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First Green Tourism Award winners

To mark English Tourism Week, the first Visit Portsmouth Green Tourism Awards have been awarded to businesses that are able to demonstrate they are working sustainably and responsibly. Awards are …

March 20, 2024
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Future High Streets work set to finish on Commercial Road

The government funded Future High Streets project is ending in the northern part of Commercial Road. The council was awarded funding to make minor improvements that include new seating, more …

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Historic Dockyard listed in top 3 most visited attractions

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been named in the top forty UK visitor attractions according to The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) figures for the third year in a row. …

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Maritime UK Solent partners with Canada to promote maritime business investment

Maritime UK Solent has joined forces with Canada’s Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) to support economic growth on the international stage. The organisations on the 11 March 2024 …

March 12, 2024
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Business representatives for Central South UK at MIPIM 2024

Business led contingent to promote the region at UK MIPIM 2024

The business led consortium representing the Central South UK will be the strongest yet with 25 partners joining forces to promote the region at the world’s leading and most influential …

March 6, 2024
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Third Thursday networking event

Portsmouth City Council’s B2B Network meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, these are currently held bi-monthly face to face and then alternate each month to online …

March 5, 2024
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Net Zero 360 workshops

Net Zero 360 offers to support businesses in their journey towards net-zero. This workshop will provide your business with a solid grounding in net-zero business, as well as a step-by-step …

March 2, 2024
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Award winners of The News Business Awards

Quattro Foods, CTS Europe and Positive Eats win big at the News Business Excellence Awards

At the end of a jam packed Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week, Portsmouth Guildhall buzzed with anticipation as businesses, large and small, came together to celebrate at the News …

February 28, 2024
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Hampshire FA partners with Lakeside to support new football complex

Hampshire FA partners with Lakeside to support new football complex

Hampshire FA have announced a partnership with Lakeside to compliment the opening of the new and improved King George V Football Complex. The partnership presents Hampshire FA with an opportunity …

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Portsmouth Pop Up shop opens

The first Portsmouth Pop Up shop has opened in Cascades, during Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week, with local business Goly Natural who produce and sell natural organic skin care …

February 21, 2024
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University of Portsmouth £250M plans for campus development

The University of Portsmouth has launched a three-week public consultation on its revised estates strategy. The university is planning to invest £250 million over 10 years on a number of …

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Portsmouth’s first Pop Up shop Q&A with Goly Natural

Portsmouth’s first Pop Up shop with Goly Natural   Portsmouth’s first Pop Up shop business is local business Goly Natural who sell a range of natural organic skin care products.   Goly …

February 14, 2024
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Charles Taylor relocates to Lakeside

Charles Taylor, a global insurance services provider, has relocated its 50-year-old Assistance business from Chichester to a new central location at Lakeside. This strategic move is driven by the company’s …

February 7, 2024
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New restaurant opening in Old Portsmouth

New business owners Caitlyn Odin and Jordan Thompson have made the decision to combine their skills to create a new venue in the city. Taking over the former site of …

January 31, 2024
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Announcing first business for new Portsmouth Pop Up shop

The first Portsmouth Pop Up shop will open on Wednesday 21 February in Cascades with local business Goly Natural who produce and sell natural organic skin care products. Stef Dogan, …

January 24, 2024
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Two new restaurants to join Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays has announced that two restaurants will join its food and beverage line-up. Award-winning independent gastropub, Tap & Tandoor, is set to open this week, and authentic American-style restaurant …

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Two new tenants sign up for Dunsbury Park

Two businesses have signed leases for new warehouses at Dunsbury Park in Havant, Hampshire, a Solent Freeport tax site.  Inchcape, an EV service centre and Percussion Play, musical instrument manufacturing …

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From T level to apprentice site manager

Macey Blackman from Portsmouth has become the Degree Apprentice Site Manager at Morgan Sindall, working on their current development in Cosham. Macey began her journey with Morgan Sindall as a …

January 17, 2024
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Crowdfunder success leads to new business The Pole Coven opening

Chloe Hood has finally witnessed her dream of opening her own pole studio, The Pole Coven, become a reality following two Crowdfunder campaigns and eight years of working from home.  …

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Announcing a new Portsmouth Business Support Service to grow Portsmouth’s economy

The council in partnership with Shaping Portsmouth have launched today the Portsmouth Business Support Service (PBSS) to help the city’s businesses grow and thrive. This is a new opportunity that …

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TRUTHS satellite by Airbus

Airbus awarded major contract to work on a UK-led climate satellite mission

Airbus UK has been awarded nearly £95 million through the UK Space Agency’s membership of the European Space Agency (ESA), to deliver the next phase of the TRUTHS mission.  The …

January 10, 2024
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Council announces a new business grant to support growth

Portsmouth City Council have announced today the Portsmouth Match Fund which is a new business grant to support businesses to start and existing small businesses to develop. This grant along …

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Business Support drop in – every week

For the latest business support information meet in person with our SME Officer Joe for practical advice to help your business grow, develop and survive. Support on offer includes: Funding …

January 6, 2024
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Port set for its busiest cruise season yet

Following the release of their latest cruise schedule, 90 ships are expected to visit Portsmouth International Port this year, making 2024 the busiest cruise season to date.    Featuring ten …

January 2, 2024
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High street improvements for Commercial Road to start

Planned high street improvements as part of the Future High Streets government initiative will begin in the north part of Commercial Road, between Lake Road, and Crasswell Street in Portsmouth. …

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Space South Central going beyond for business

Space South Central is the UK’s largest regional space cluster, and their base is here in Portsmouth. Dr Louise Butt, Director of Space South Central Enterprise Network, explains how businesses …

December 13, 2023
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Palmerston Road during Southsea Food Festival 2023

Dates revealed for Southsea Food Festival 2024

The council has confirmed that the popular Southsea Food Festival will return on the 20 and 21 July 2024. Food businesses and traders are invited to register their attendance for …

December 12, 2023
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David and Jayne Mugridge owners of Yarty

Yarty on growing from kitchen table to exporter

Yarty is a small business now based in Portsmouth that has grown from the kitchen table to exporter of premium cordials, vinegars and oils. Owners Jayne and David Mugridge handcraft …

December 5, 2023
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Jubilee fountain City Centre

Portsmouth Pop Up shop to support business growth

In response to growing demand for business premises in Portsmouth, the council in partnership with Cascades and Flude have opened applications for a Portsmouth Pop Up shop scheme.  This scheme …

November 28, 2023
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Nattys Jerk in Portsmouth's Commercial Road Market

From market stall to shop via Love Southsea

The story of the inspiring journey of local Love Southsea market traders who transformed their passion from market stall into thriving shops or restaurants. Once upon a time, in the …

November 27, 2023
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Why being small and independent is the secret behind Southsea Deli

As the only independent classic deli in Southsea, Southsea Deli brings another dimension to the food industry on the south coast with the creation of simple, yet delicious food made …

November 22, 2023
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PV canopy at Portsmouth International Port

Business opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs

An opportunity for Portsmouth’s businesses to reduce carbon emissions could be available for high consuming electricity businesses. The council is looking at the feasibility of installing solar PV panels for …

November 21, 2023
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HSDC sponsor Portsmouth’s Christmas Lights Switch On Parties

HSDC have been announced as the lead sponsor for Portsmouth’s 2023 Christmas Lights Switch On Parties. The festive family fun begins with the city centre Christmas Lights Switch On Party …

November 15, 2023
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Copnor business wins best Turkish takeaway award

Mehmet Kitchen in Copnor has been named Best Turkish Restaurant Regional at the Turkish Restaurant & Takeaway Awards 2023. Mehmet Ulucan the owner said: “It is great that we won. …

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Global cruise industry declares Portsmouth as “Best Port”

Portsmouth International Port has been officially recognised as the cruise industry’s Best Port and the Best Environmental Innovation, after scooping two major awards at the cruise industry’s Wave Awards. Dubbed …

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Businesses urged to consider installing male sanitary bins

Council group leaders are backing a call for Portsmouth businesses to consider installing male sanitary bins in their toilet facilities. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. 1 …

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Announcing a bumper magic Christmas in Portsmouth

The countdown to Christmas in Portsmouth’s main shopping areas will be officially marked with a range of magical events from Christmas Lights Switch On Parties, Christmas markets, a Victorian Christmas, …

November 1, 2023
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Cycling to work

Funding up to £4,000 for sustainable travel improvements

Businesses and organisations in Portsmouth are invited to make sustainable travel improvements by applying for grants of up to £4,000 aimed at enhancing workplace travel options. The funding, part of …

October 31, 2023
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Portsmouth Creates and founding partners

Portsmouth receives £1.1m funding package to grow creativity and culture

The people of Portsmouth are set to benefit from a £650,000 funding investment from Arts Council England. Award recipient Portsmouth Creates is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to growing the …

October 24, 2023
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Council supports HSDC’s creative enterprise students

HSDC has partnered with the council, who will be supporting this year’s Creative Enterprise UAL Level 4 Diploma class by giving each student a financial contribution to further support the …

October 18, 2023
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Wanted! Your views on business support in the city

As part of the council’s priority to grow Portsmouth’s economy, the council’s Economic Development & Skills team run a business support service.   We are passionate about helping businesses to survive, …

October 11, 2023
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Maritime UK Solent Award winners

Top awards for BAE and Port

The winners of the Maritime UK Solent Awards 2023 have been announced at a stylish ceremony held in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  BAE and Portsmouth International Port were top winners. BAE …

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