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Support for Small & Medium Business

Are you an established business in the Solent looking for business support?  If so, we want to hear from you.

The Solent LEP Growth Hub is your FREE local business support service. The service is available to all Solent based small and medium sized businesses (SME). 

The Solent LEP Growth Hub aims to make it easier for you to access the right type of support you need. The service acts as an impartial first point of contact for your business and will equip you with the tools and techniques you need to operate efficiently and effectively. Our team of expert Business Support Executives understand the complex opportunities faced by you as a business and have created a vast range of relationships and networks that can connect you both locally and nationally, enabling you to unlock your businesses potential. 

Our Business Support Executives are available to assist you on a range of topics such as finance and funding, sales and marketing, premises, research and innovation and much more.

As a SME you may be eligible to access Solent LEP funding. This includes our small business expansion fund which can provide capital funding in the form of grants or loans of between £5,000 and £100,000 to enhance business productivity and growth. This fund can also provide support for businesses seeking to respond to challenging trading conditions. More info can be found HERE

We also operate a series of regular:

  • Business Clinics - where you can meet with a business support executive 1:1 and discuss your business needs; and

  • Masterclasses - a series of topic related workshops that provide insight, information and contacts in an area to help grow your business. Sessions are delivered by industry experts.

All sessions are FREE to attend. To keep up to date with whats happening next and how to get involved, subscribe to our newsletter HERE and follow our events page HERE for updates. 

 

 

Would your business benefit from 12 hours of FREE 1:1 growth support?

If the answer is YES, you may be able to participate in our "Growth Accelerator Programme" delivered in partnership with BDO LLP:

To be eligible for the programme your business must:

  • Employ between 10 - 250 staff

  • Have between £250K - £25m annual turnover

  • Have at least a two-year trading history

and will demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Improved business productivity

  • Develop new products

  • Develop new markets

  • Direct creation of private sector jobs.

If your application is successful, your business will receive 12 hours of expert advice with our highly experienced growth coaches. Graduation from the programme will result in a detailed growth action plan and there may be an opportunity for businesses to access funding of up to £500,000 to support the delivery of their plan. 

To speak with a member of the Solent LEP Growth Hub and/or to access the Growth Accelerator Programme, complete the enquiry form below. You will receive a call within 72 hours from a Business Support Executive to discuss your enquiry. 

Enquiry form

* these fields must be completed to submit your enquiry

1. Contact details

2. What's your Start Up/idea growth ambition?

3. How can we help?

 

To keep up to date with funding, events and opportunities click here or follow us on twitter or LinkedIN. You can also contact us by email to enquiries@solentlep.org.uk or call 02392 688055.