Advice and links to help develop your business

I'd like to find a way to grow my business. Where can I go to get started?

I'm a small business in the technology sector. Where can I get financial help and advice to help me grow my business?

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

I'm ready to grow my business and create new jobs. Where's a good place to start?

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

Are there any grants or advice that can help me develop my social enterprise?

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

Other sources of growth funding and support

If you are an SME, you can now apply to the Solent Growth Fund Small Business Programme or call Solent Growth Hub on 013 2982 0898 or email

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.

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: 07811 875868


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


Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

By joining the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 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: 013 2924 2420


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