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Support for different sectors & industries


We are working hard to ensure we can provide support to all businesses in the region, no matter size or sector, which is why we have launched a variety of funding and support packages and continue to adapt and develop new provisions. We also appreciate that each sector will need specific support and guidance related to their sector. There is a range of support available for a variety of sectors, all in one place below:

Support Package For Innovative Firms Hit By Coronavirus: Government announcement made on 20 April

  • The Chancellor has announced a new £1.25bn coronavirus package to protect firms driving innovation in UK. The funding includes:
    A £500 million Future Fund, to be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank, which will launch in May and provide UK-based companies with between £125,000 and £5m from the government, with private investors at least matching the government commitment. These loans will convert to equity if not repaid. To be eligible, a business must be an unlisted UK registered company that has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third party investors in the last five years.
  • £750m of targeted support for the most R&D intensive small and medium size firms will be available through Innovate UK’s grants and loan scheme. This includes accelerating up to £200m and providing an additional £550m of grant and loan payments for existing Innovate UK customers, and £175,000 of support which will be offered to around 1,200 firms not currently in receipt of Innovate UK funding. First payments will be made by mid-May.

Creative Industries

Creative Growth South provides free, personalised support to creative businesses and freelancers in the Solent region to help them build a sustainable income and prepare for growth.

The project is targeted at freelancers or micro businesses with 3 months or more trading experience and with a projected turnover of between £10k and £30k.

Support could include a diagnostic session or up to six personalised business support sessions to enable micro businesses to bounce back after COVID-19. 

To book an online support session, contact Nicky Curtis on 07770 901208 or by email. For more information, click here.

Spektrix is an online converter to help convert refunds into donations to the business during this challenging time. The tool is available for free to all cultural organisations, regardless of the ticketing system used.

Creative Industries Federation are offering free membership for 6 months in order to help creative individuals and businesses in this time of crisis. Sign up at the federation website.

Firstsite are providing free artist activity packs to keep artists inspired. The packs include contributions from UK artists such as Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan and many more. It is completely free to download, simply fill in the form.

Marine and Maritime

Are you in the maritime industry and can you spare us 5 minutes of your time?

Please complete the survey below to help us, help you.

Kevin George,Solent LEP Board Director and Maritime UK Solent Chairman, said: 

"Working throughMaritime UK, we have developed a short survey to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Solent maritime sector, the uptake by businesses in the sector of Government support initiatives, and to understand from you the additional interventions that would support your business at this challenging time.

The findings will be fed into central government so that the needs of our critical sector can be better understood and addressed. This is an opportunity for you to influence policy interventions."


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