Work starts on port’s terminal

Portsmouth International Port’s terminal transformation has begun on a new carbon neutral terminal extension. This project is one of the UK’s first Levelling Up projects to get underway and will strengthen Portsmouth’s position as a major UK port.

The port has been awarded £11.25m funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to build new facilities. Due to an increase in cruise ships calling at the port the transformation is necessary to create capacity to manage an anticipated additional 250,000 passengers a year, in addition to the port’s current two million.

The carbon neutral extension will feature:

  • a sky garden, where passengers can enjoy views of the port
  • new walkway from the current terminal to the new check-in area
  • interior living walls
  • expansive baggage hall
  • exclusive cruise lounge

Mike Sellers Portsmouth International Port’s Director said

“We are delighted to secure business from major cruise lines. As the industry continues to grow in popularity there is a desperate need for more berth capacity, so our expansion plans are critical to meet market demand.”

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Portsmouth sandwich shop wins at national awards

Portsmouth’s André’s Food Bar won two headline categories at the Sandwich & Food To Go Industry Awards (The Sammies) ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London; ‘Best UK Independent Retailer’ and ‘Best Regional Marketing’. Both awards were presented by celebrity chef and Michelin star winner, Theo Randall.

The Sandwich & Food To Go Industry Awards featured leading retailers including Marks & Spencer, Co-op, Subway, Greggs, Pret a Manger and Lidl, many of whom Andre’s Food Bar also had to present against in the ‘Best Marketing’ category.

These accolades were won hot on the heels of also being awarded The Portsmouth News 2022 Business Excellence ‘Retail & Leisure Business of the Year’ award on Friday 29th April 2022 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

André’s Food Bar is Portsmouth and Southsea’s oldest independent sandwich company and has been successfully feeding the city as a family business since 1988.

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Ofsted give glowing report on Community Learning Service

A “Good” rating and praise has been given to the passionate teachers, managers and leaders at The Learning Place in a new Ofsted report.  Ofsted recently inspected the Community Learning Service at The Learning Place in North End to look at how well adult learning courses are run.

Ofsted reported that “Adult learners produce high-quality work and gain the confidence and motivation to move on to further learning or employment”

Our Community Learning Service offers a range of adult learning courses plus apprenticeship standards in level 3 business administrator, level 3 teaching assistant and health and social care at levels 4 and 5.

Alan Lowe Enterprise Centres Manager at Portsmouth City Council said

” The Learning Place have really helped our Enterprise Centres team with recruitment and training. Three out of six staff in our administration team, have successfully completed their business administration apprenticeship and are now full-time employees.”

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Grants for SME’s to save energy and reduce CO2

For SME’s and charities wanting to become greener and reduce CO2 output, our Economic Development team are running a free drop in event on 23 June at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre to find out about funding.

Many small and medium sized businesses are reluctant to install energy saving kit due to the cost and confusing array of solutions. To help, the EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions Project (EMphasis3) offer:

  • Free energy efficiency audits
  • Research and Development grant funding: grants are funded at 36% for projects up to £25,000

In addition, the experienced Emphasis3 project team work closely with SMEs to support and encourage action.


23 June 9:30am – 1pm at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre

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Major exhibition opens at Portsmouth Museum

A major exhibition of beautiful silver objects at the opens at Portsmouth Museum on Saturday, telling the stories of historical figures and local people alike. Silver City: 500 years of Portsmouth’s History features treasures including a glittering model of HMS Victory and a stunning fish, on loan from the Royal Navy.

This exhibition is part of the council’s Platinum Jubilee programme.

Free admission

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