Get Set for Growth is a fully funded business support project, focusing on helping businesses overcome the two biggest barriers to growth - generating sufficient profitable customers and accessing finance.

Intensive support is on hand from Enterprise First for pre or post start-ups, with plans to grow and create at least one new job.

Innovate UK is a grant scheme which offers funding to small businesses to engage in R&D projects. 

Solent Growth Hub is a 'one-stop-shop' for advice and will be able to talk through your ideas and options.

Portsmouth Partnership Foundation provides grants for social enterprises that want to grow and develop.

Future Solent can provide advice and guidance.

If you are an SME, you can now apply for a Bridging the Gap growth grant of between £5,000 and £50,000. Find out more about the Bridging the gap grant fund.

Shaping the future of Portsmouth

Shaping the future of Portsmouth's business and enterprise workstream  is dedicated to helping local businesses develop. It offers regular monthly events, covering subjects from legal advice, business planning, marketing and communications, to more specific topics such as retailing and advertising.

For more information, email

Government information provides information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self-employed or a sole trader. is your route to a comprehensive range of objective and impartial business information and advice. 

Enterprise First

Enterprise First helps businesses in Hampshire to start up and develop.

Tel: 0845 458 7535


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Wessex Region

The Federation of Small Businesses exists to promote and protect the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Tel: 014 2528 0080 


Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation is a charity that helps disadvantaged people to set up, or expand their own business as a means to achieve financial independence while rebuilding their confidence and self esteem.

Tel: 012 7647 2722


Invest in Portsmouth

Invest in Portsmouth is the business development and inward investment agency for South-east Hampshire, working on behalf of the local authorities of Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth. Invest in Portsmouth is a free and comprehensive relocation service for potential investors and businesses. The service is available to companies, agents and professional advisers looking at relocation or expansion in the Portsmouth city region.

Tel: 07946 324457


Portsmouth & South East Chamber of Commerce

By joining the Chamber you can find new business, make valuable contacts, expand into international markets, raise the profile of your business and join a collective voice that can be heard in the corridors of power.

Tel: 023 9244 9449


Southern Entrepreneurs

Southern Entrepreneurs is intended to benefit micro businesses and sole traders by providing free Training Needs Analysis for businesses and individuals. This will address any skills shortfalls and determine precisely the development needs of the workforce, then advise and facilitate completely free training in the areas where it is most needed.

Tel: 023 8068 8334

The European Information Service Centre

The European Information Service Centre helps small business in developing their business in the EU and is part of a network  to make the most of the European marketplace.

Tel: 023 8020 6162


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