Portsmouth city council

Portsmouth City Council owns and manages three Enterprise Centres, providing a range of units for industrial and office use and the practical testing of new ideas and products. Whether you are just starting up or already an established trader , the Enterprise Centres offer the perfect conditions to develop your business.

We are passionate about providing low cost, adaptable units in a professional and supportive environment, as we want your business to succeed and contribute to the growth of our local economy. 

We offer all-inclusive, competitive rates and a flexible easy-in, easy-out licence agreement, making it possible for small businesses to adapt and grow, keeping their outlay to a minimum and without the binding commitment of a long-term lease. 

More information about each centre, including available units, check the table below, or phone the centres themselves.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, email enterprisecentres@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9282 6225.

Please contact each centre for more information on available units or to be added to our waiting list.

Business enterprise centreFurther information

Challenge Enterprise Centre

Tel: 023 9265 1701

Fax: 023 9265 1801

  • Sharps Close, Airport Industrial Estate, PO3 5RJ, easily accessible from the M27 and A3M motorways
  • 25 business (8 external and 17 in the main building)
  • both office and industrial units from 370 sq ft to 550 sq ft
  • free parking onsite for your staff and visitors
  • 24 hour access

Victory Business Centre

Tel: 023 9282 6225

  • Victory House, Somers Road North, PO1 1PJ, close to the centre of Portsmouth, Fratton train station and Fratton shopping centre, with good public transport links
  • 81 office, storage and small industrial units in a five-storey building with two free car parks for your staff and visitors
  • three loading bays for deliveries 
  • business centre café
  • 24 hour access

Portsmouth Enterprise Centre

Tel: 023 9266 1598

Fax: 023 9267 3647

  • Quartremaine Road, Airport Industrial Estate, PO3 5QT, easily accessible from the M27 and A3M motorways
  • 36 small business units for light industrial use
  • 34 light industrial units ranging from 359 to 1,427 sq ft
  • 2 internal office or storage units of 359 sq ft
  • business centre café
  • free parking onsite for your staff and visitors
  • 24 hour access


Considerable inter-trading can take place between businesses at the centre, creating a ‘market place’ in which many more business connections can develop. The atmosphere in the centres is friendly and helpful.

Businesses welcome the supportive environment. You can read testimonials from occupants below.

Units at Portsmouth City Council's three Enterprise Centres are all let on an 'easy-in, easy-out' licence agreement, to make it straightforward for business start-ups.

Easy-in

  • sign a monthly licence agreement
  • pay a deposit equal to one month’s rent plus £100.00
  • complete a direct debit mandate and customer questionnaire for future rent and charges
  • furnish the unit to your own requirements
  • arrange for a telephone to be connected.

Easy-out

When your business has expanded and you’re ready to either move to a larger unit with the enterprise centres or move into larger accommodation within Portsmouth City Council stock or the private sector, the licence agreement can be terminated by simply giving one month’s written notice.

The licence fee includes:

  • water rates
  • repair and maintenance
  • 24 hour CCTV coverage
  • disposal of waste generated on site
  • 24 hour access
  • postal delivery and collection
  • free car parking.

Meeting room hire and secretarial services are also available, as detailed below.

The only other charges, billed monthly, are for electricity (which is metered) and business rates. Small business rates relief is available on application, subject to certain conditions.

Enables entrepreneurs to use Victory Enterprise Centre or the Portsmouth Enterprise Centre as a meeting place to get start-up businesses off the ground. Make use of free WiFi, use meeting rooms and be the first to know about available units. Entrepreneurs can also use the space to meet other entrepreneurs and prospective business partners.

Wherever possible, the centre will promote these activities and bring in as many forms of business support services as possible.

Portsmouth City Council's Enterprise Centres provide supportive environments for new businesses. As well as offering flexible premises, we work very closely with local business support organisations.

This means we can introduce and signpost you to other organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, CIBAS, University of Portsmouth, Manufacturing Advisory Service and Enterprise First. Portsmouth City Council also employ an SME development officer. 

For more information about the business support we offer, visit our business sectors information and click on the links that best describe your type of company. Follow the link for more information on small business rate relief.

Secretarial services

We offer a range of secretarial services at all our centres including typing, photocopying, printing and faxing. All prices exclude VAT.

ServiceService details
Photocopying
  • A4 black and white - 5p per copy
  • A3 black and white - 10p per copy.
Faxing
  • Current charges per minute are: UK - 20p, Europe - 50p, USA and Canada - 60p, Rest of world - £1
  • To receive a fax - 5p per page.
Typing
  • Standard A4 page - £1
  • Tabulated A4 page - £1.50
  • Standing admin fee of 30p per fax sent.
Laminating
  • ID – 25p each
  • A4 – 40p each
  • A3 – 75p each.
Scanning
  • 3p per page.
Meeting room hire

All three centres have meeting rooms offering free Wi-Fi, use of secretarial services (prices listed above) and free on-site parking. £10.00 per hour or a day rate of £60.00.

  • Challenge Enterprise Centre - meeting room seats eight to ten people with tea and coffee making facilities
  • Portsmouth Enterprise Centre - two meeting rooms, one seating four people. The larger room seats between 12 and 30 depending on layout, with facilities for refreshments and buffets from on-site café
  • Victory Business Centre - four meeting rooms, one seating four people, one seating six to ten people and two larger rooms for up to 25 people, all with facilities for refreshments and buffets from on-site café business.

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