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Samantha Worsey

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Portsmouth Business Support Guide - Build your business in Portsmouth

Find space for your business!

When it comes to making a decision about where to base your business, it's not just the place and people that make Portsmouth such an attractive proposition, it's the compelling business benefits and the help you'll receive from our economic growth team that makes the difference.

As the acknowledged most Business-Friendly council, we pride ourselves in doing everything in our power to ensure businesses, large and small, are assisted and helped. We even have a Business Support Bank, providing free expert face-to-face advice.

The superb waterfront destination offers a wonderful backdrop for their business and staff, with its great maritime and defence history, independent cafe and restaurant culture in Southsea and Old Portsmouth, great shopping offer at Gunwharf Quays and great transport links, including ferry crossings to France, all on the doorstep.  Combine this with our strengths in sectors such as creative and digital, marine/maritime and defence, communications and logistics, aerospace/defence and advanced manufacturing, the research facility at University of Portsmouth and the skill generating capacity of the new University Technical College, and you can see why so many businesses want to be part of Portsmouth.

Don't just take our word for it though, as Portsmouth success stories include marine specialists BAE Systems Maritime Services, Dryad and ASV, world-leading composite structure specialists Magma, and international aerospace technology businesses such as Airbus and Pall Europe.

Our team provides a bespoke service to potential and existing investors. We want to provide our businesses with the best support we can, including help with exporting, given our waterfront location and great connectivity. Whether you’re looking for office space, need the inside track on what’s happening in the region, or want to know how to tap into the best talent or potential funding streams, we’re here to help.

We offer all our clients a bespoke service including:
  • A single point of contact for potential investors
  • Provision of research and statistics to support the development of your business case
  • Advice in relation to wider costs, recruitment and staffing
  • Help with accessing finance
  • Skills and training guidance to support a sustainable and flexible labour pool
  • Relocation advice, presentations and tours of the local area
  • Help with finding a property
  • Introductions to centres of excellence, business development networks and sector specific groups.
  • Invitations to local events and training courses

The Solent Growth Hub is a ‘One Stop Shop' that signposts businesses to relevant support options available to them. Call the Navigator 01329 820 898  or Find out more about the Growth Hub.



For more information, introductions and opportunities, please contact:


T: +44 (0)23 9284 1074