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Our Business Services

Discover the range of services we offer to help support you and grow your business

Alongside the business services listed below, we have a fortnightly e-newsletter featuring local stories and a programme of free events, where guest speakers talk about the latest business trends and research that could affect your business.

Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE) programme

Cost: Free

Designed to help women overcome the additional barriers they face when starting and running a business, this new programme of training and mentoring is ideal for women at the ideas or early stage of starting a new enterprise.


Accountancy Clinic

Cost: Free
Dates: September-January

If you're a trustee or director of a charity, social enterprise or community interest group in Hampshire and you need help with your accounting, our pro-bono accounting clinic can help get your finances in order.


Business Consultancy Projects (BCP)

Cost: Free
Dates: September-December

This initiative offers you the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of final year students from the Faculty of Business and Law. Working to your brief, they will tackle a live issue for your business, and deliver a consultancy report, including recommendations, for local businesses of all sizes.


Bra testing services

Cost: £99-£38,000 (+VAT if applicable)

Our expert team provide services to businesses in the lingerie and sports wear industries, and to sporting organisations. These services include bra testing, breast science educational workshops and breast education services.


Centre for Creative and Immersive XR (CCIXR)

Cost £99-£100,000 (depending on requirements) 

We are the UK’s first integrated facility to support innovation in the creative and digital technologies of virtual, augmented and extended realities. CCIXR features world-class motion capture, volumetric capture, VR labs and simulation facilities. The Centre is run in partnership with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and HM Government. Our aim is to lower the barrier to entry to these technologies - demonstrating their use across all sectors, from medicine to theatre.


Conference and event space

Cost: £100-£50,000

From a simple meeting room hire to hosting large international conferences, we offer a very large range of modern and historical venues, and other facilities to ensure your event is successful and memorable.


COVID-19 Small Business Leadership Programme

Cost: No cost

Running a business in a pandemic is tough. Improve your business resilience, productivity and growth with 8 weeks of free leadership training from our Business School. Designed to fit around your full-time job, our remote sessions will also give you a chance to network with and learn from other businesses in our region.

Coworking and office space

Cost: From £95 (+VAT) per month

Our Innovation Connect hubs provide coworking and office space across the city to suit the needs of your growing businesses. The 3 locations are Halpern House, Cell Block Studios and Portsmouth Technopole. If you rent coworking or office space at one of the locations, you can also use meeting spaces in our Future Technology Centre. As a member of our Innovation Connect community you also get to use many other university facilities and you can access advice from our Entrepreneurs in Residence


Degree Apprenticeships

Cost: Funded by the Government's Apprenticeship Levy

Degree apprenticeships are an inexpensive way for your organisation to attract and retain talented employees, develop your workforce, fill skills gaps and improve your company's performance. When your employees complete their apprenticeship, they'll have a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.


Economic Impact Analysis

Cost: Typically £20,000-£100,000 (based on work required)
Duration: 3 months-1 year

Our analysis examines the effect of your project on the economy and the surrounding environment. Allowing you to consider the reflective benefits of differing scenarios, and select the best option to secure funding.


EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions (EMphasis3)

Cost: No cost

Delivered by the University in collaboration with Greentech South, our SME support programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and provides energy efficiency and innovation grants – as well as access to free energy efficiency audits and innovation support.


Entrepreneurial advice

Cost: Free to members of our Innovation Connect community

When you rent space from us you automatically become a member of our Innovation Connect business community. This means that you can get free business advice from our Entrepreneurs in Residence. They can help you with your start-up and business plan, guide you in identifying and accessing business networks, and help you develop entrepreneurial skills.


Female Entrepreneurs Network

Cost: No cost

If you're a woman who runs her own business, or if you want to start a business but you need some help and support, join our Female Entrepreneurs Network. You'll be able to connect with other local businesswomen, hear from expert speakers and attend our networking events. 


Global consultancy placement (Recruiting for project summer 2021)

Cost: Usually unpaid
Dates: June-September

If you’re a local business thinking of going global, our MSc International Business Management students can join your organisation on a 15 day micro placement to help with a project of your choice. Many of our students are international and have overseas work experience – so they can bring a unique perspective that can help prepare your organisation for international growth.

To hire a placement student, please submit a project idea to us with details about your organisation. We’ll then match you with an appropriate student, send you their CV, and arrange a time for you to meet them, before deciding if you want to proceed.

Declaration of Interest in Micro Placements

For more information, please contact our Placements Team on +44(0)23 9284 4055 or pbs.placements@port.ac.uk


Leadership Programme (short course)

Cost: Starting from £2000, depending on requirements
Duration: A programme scheduled around your needs

This course is designed to grow people in management roles who want to move into leadership positions. Building on your existing experience, you will gain valuable insights into the demands and challenges of senior leadership.


Legal Advice Clinic

Cost: No cost
Dates/times: September-July, Monday and Wednesday

If you live or work in the Portsmouth area, you can get free and confidential legal advice from our General Legal Advice Clinic. You'll receive advice from our law students studying law degrees in the Portsmouth Law School. Their advice is guided by qualified solicitors and an experienced tutor.


Low Carbon Solent

Cost: No cost

Through this project, SMEs can access innovation grants, postgraduate student projects, and innovation support. The project is led by the University of Portsmouth in collaboration with the University of Winchester and Greentech South and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Printing Services

Cost: Starting from £10, depending on requirements

Delivering affordable, convenient and quality printing to you. Our team produce on-demand, high volumes and develop bespoke solutions to support your marketing and business goals. We can print on a range of material including business stationery, window graphics, signage, flags and pull up banners.


SIGHT (Supporting innovation and growth in healthcare technologies)

Cost: Free events and business support, matched grant funding available

SIGHT is a business support programme part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), developed by the University of Portsmouth and partners to provide help, guidance and grant funding to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the healthcare technology sector.


South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

Cost: No cost, dependent on eligibility criteria

Funded by the UK Space Agency and Satellite Applications Catapult, we can help develop collaborative projects, identify and attract funding, provide network opportunities, and advise businesses looking to use and exploit space assets. Regardless of your sector, we can support you - we've worked with insurance companies interested in adverse weather information for risk assessments, maritime companies developing automated routes for vessels connected by satellite communications; and companies devising GPS-enabled sensors for location of personnel on construction sites. 
 

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