Support and advice

Samantha Worsey

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, Portsmouth City Council prides itself in doing everything in its power to ensure businesses, large and small, are assisted and helped. It has a Business Support Bank, providing free expert face-to-face advice.    

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership has secured significant public funding and delivers a business support programme through Solent Growth Hub       

South East International Trade team also supports businesses with expert advice on exporting and finding new markets overseas     

There are quality business parks at Lakeside North Harbour and Port Solent

Solent Enterprise Zone is around 200 hectares of decommissioned Royal Navy airfield on the Gosport Pennisula west of Portsmouth Harbour, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. A marine slipway is available directly into the Solent to transport large structures and there is also an operational airport, Solent Airport, operated by Regional & City Airports, which is suitable for small aircraft including business jets. Facilities include a CAA Licensed Aerodrome with a new runway surface, aircraft refuelling, on-site engineering, hangarage, outdoor parking and flying tuition. 82 hectares of the site comprises the Solent Enterprise Zone, a new location for advanced engineering businesses and home to Fareham Innovation Centre, a gateway of the engineering, marine and aerospace industries with office space and business support.

Significant investment by SEGRO in new industrial developments in Portsmouth, such as Merlin, Voyager and Anchorage Parks

Shaping Portsmouth is a community interest company that delivers both a strategic and operational partnership between Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth businesses, and educational institutions at all levels in the City.

Strong links to Universities, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 

The council support 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.



For more information, introductions and opportunities, please contact:


T: +44 (0)23 9284 1074