A number of organisations can help you with business support services including developing your business case, financial planning and completing a successful application form to access funding.


Portsmouth City Council business support – Friendly business support service: referrals to specific business advice agencies, funding support, premises search, support with other council services e.g. Planning permission, business rates, licensing etc. Email business@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, call 023 9284 1641

The Hive Portsmouth – Social Enterprise start up support, Charity information, Funding search, Workspace, Networks.

Solent Partners – A free business support service available to all Solent based businesses with advisors who are here to simplify and signpost you to opportunities, both locally and nationally.

Energy Bill Discount Scheme – a baseline discount to provide some support with energy bills until 31 March 2024.

Federation of Small Businesses – Help self employed and smaller businesses to achieve their ambitions, providing business services and products to business owners.

Gov.uk business website – Government services to businesses.

Help to grow – Government website aimed at upskilling big and small businesses.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce – A not-for-profit business support and networking organisation, engages the voice, expertise and experience of thousands of businesses across the County, influencing decision-making and shaping practical solutions.

University of Portsmouth business services – The University offers a wide range of services to help support and grow your business, including business events and programmes.

Further information and advice

Department for Business and Trade – For support with international trade and exporting opportunities, free advice and support.

Portsmouth Central Library – Advice about IP, patents and business information.

Portsmouth City Council markets team and retail advisor – Advice about market information. Call 023 9284 1068.

Portsmouth City Council business premises – Help with finding commercial property. Call 023 9282 6225.

Portsmouth City Council business rates team – Advice and information about paying non-domestic rates and the Business Rates discount scheme. Call 023 9268 8588

Better Business Finance – Provides support to businesses looking to raise finance.

The Business and Finance Support Finder tool – An in-depth database of information about grants, loans and other financial assistance available to businesses in the UK.

The Business Finance Guide – The main things to consider and finance options available to businesses, from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies.

Crowd Cube – Offers exposure to thousands of potential investors.

Employment Allowance – Small Business employers can get £2,000 by claiming this relief on National Insurance bills.

Help to start up and grow – Offers ways of obtaining finance – email info@enterprisefirst.co.uk.



Help to Grow Management Programme – Currently fully funded training for SMEs to lead on the delivery of increased profitability, innovation and growth.

NatWest Business Builder – Online course packed with practical resources to help businesses start or grow.