Two creative Portsmouth entrepreneurs are expanding their start-up businesses with the help of our enterprise centres.

Portsmouth needlework expert and mum of four Kim Treagust started her online business KLT Charting from her Paulsgrove home. Now she is producing and selling so many cross stitch threads and kits, charts and other needlework and craft supplies that she has outgrown her dining room.

Local cook Debbie King is making authentic, fresh, homemade lasagna, pizza and bolognese at Kings Café and Coffee Shop which has obtained a five star environmental health rating.

Both businesses have had a massive boost since moving into the council's Victory Business Centre, in Somers Road North.

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for economic development, said he hoped Kim and Debbie's new council units would continue to help their businesses to grow and thrive.

"We will do whatever we can to help Portsmouth businesses succeed," Cllr Dowling added.

"It's great to welcome these two exciting new businesses to our enterprise centres. It goes to show that you don't have to be a computer programmer or website designer to be self-employed.

"There are so many opportunities for local businesses in this city and we will continue to help support local entrepreneurs to find those opportunities."

Kim, 39, said: "My youngest child isn't yet two-years-old so I'm obviously very busy outside work which has made it even more important to move into my first workplace unit.

"The new unit has already made a big difference. The extra space has helped me to expand my range of supplies which has helped me to increase my business base."

Find out more about our enterprise centres here.

We have also launched a closed Facebook group to help our enterprise centre tenants to share advice, resources and support. To find out more about the Facebook group contact enterprise centres manager Alan Lowe on 023 9282 6225. 

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