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Support from Solent LEP

Solent LEP Growth Hub

The Solent LEP Growth Hub service is open as usual and you can contact the team using the contact forms available on our website, get in touch via email at or via phone on 02392 688055.

The Solent LEP is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and other business contacts, as well as continuing to deliver our services.

In line with HM Government's advice, all team members are now working remotely and this approach will ensure business continuity. In addition to closing our office, we have stopped all non-essential travel and have significantly reduced the number of face-to-face meetings; any meetings taking place are happening on-line. All business support will be delivered remotely in the coming weeks.

Business Resilience

The Solent LEP has launched a new Business Resilience Programme in partnership with leading accountants and business advisers, BDO. By taking part in this programme you receive 12 hours of fully-funded one-to-one support that will help you identify critical issues, and suggest actions for building up resilience.
Click here to find out more about taking part and to apply for this programme.

The Rapid Response Mentoring Programme

We have introduced this mentoring programme for senior members of your business; the Rapid Response Mentoring Programme has been set up in partnership with Be the Business.

This mentoring programme has been designed for owners and managers. If you qualify for this free service, you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a senior corporate mentor, who can provide a sounding board for difficult decisions, support in the development of suitable strategies for the future, and managing staff, cash flow and resilience. For more details, click here.

Additional support

We are currently working with partners across the area to put in place a number of additional support mechanisms, including;

  • Support to provide businesses with the infrastructure to continue business remotely
  • A free online diagnostic tool to review the current business position and identify tactics for building greater resilience
  • Online masterclasses and resources in relation to access to finance, developing e-commerce offers and actions to support your response in relation to COVID-19.

You can register your interest in receiving updates in relation to this support via email or stay in touch by signing up for our regular newsletters, and following our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin) for messages about these developing support packages. 

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