Can you help Kickstart a young person’s career?

By taking on a Kickstart placement you could receive funding to cover the costs of their wages and National Insurance contributions as you help them learn about the world of work. Plus, you’ll receive £1,500 per Kickstart placement.

Whatever the size of your business, you can get involved.

To find out more, you’re invited to join a 30 minute session hosted by Employer and Partnership Managers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The session will take place on Friday 24 September at 8.30am.

Email to book your place or find out more

GLIDE Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

Got creative skills to pay the bills? Ever thought of starting your own business?

The GLIDE Bootcamp for creative entrepreneurs is a week of free, online specialist workshops from 13 – 17 September 2021. It will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of starting your own business, from concept to company to brand growth.

The programme has been designed by creatives for creatives and sessions cover how to build a business, pricing, pitching, finance, and data. It is available to anyone aged 16 or above with an interest in turning their creativity into a living. Booking essential.

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Shaping Portsmouth announces two new Co-Chairs of their Board of Directors

Shaping Portsmouth are very pleased to announce the new Co-Chairs of their Board of Directors, Simon Barrable and Mark Waldron.

Simon Barrable has spent 25 years working in post-16 education, including three years as Principal at Portsmouth College. He has recently been confirmed as Principal of City of Portsmouth College, formed by the merger between Portsmouth College and Highbury College.

Mark Waldron has been editor of The News in Portsmouth since 2007, returning to his hometown after working around the country as a reporter, and three years as editor of the Swindon Advertiser.

Photo: Shaping Co-Chairs Simon Barrable (left) and Mark Waldron (right), and CEO Stef Nienaltowski (centre)

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Preparing for the closure of the Job Retention Scheme

Please remember that next Tuesday 14‌‌ ‌September is the deadline for submitting your August Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims. September will be the last month of the CJRS.

To find out what other financial support may be available for you and your business during this time, search ‘find coronavirus financial support’ on GOV‌‌.UK.

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Solent LEP Wellbeing Support for Business Owners

The FSB is working with Solent LEP to provide fully funded support for business owners in the Solent area through Solent Business Wellbeing Support.  This service includes both one to one support for physical and mental wellbeing, as well as virtual webinars between September and early 2022.  Find out more here

Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

If you’re due to file accounts with Companies House by the end of September, use the online services where possible and allow plenty of time before your deadline.

September is always a busy time with many companies due to file accounts, as they are continuing to follow government guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) it could take longer than usual to process paper documents sent by post.

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Quarterly Economic Survey

Please spare a few moments to complete the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic (QES)  for quarter three. The feedback that you provide is important to assist both Hampshire and British Chambers of Commerce.  The deadline to respond is next Thursday 16 September 2021.

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Business South, Regenerate South Conference – 7th October

Renerate South takes place on 9 October 2021 at the Hilton Bournemouth and brings together stakeholders and investors around the Central South region in a bid to use exclusive industry expertise and knowledge to drive investment in the region.

This annual private sector initiative is being delivered by Business South in partnership with BCP Council. It promotes the development of sites at a national and international level to stimulate inward investment and showcases the quality of business and investment opportunities available in this part of the UK.

It will be a fantastic opportunity for potential investors, developers, agents and consultants to debate the ambitions for the Central South region, ensuring that we retain competitiveness and productivity into the future.

We will be exhibiting at the event in the meet the site owner zone – come and find out about opportunities in Portsmouth.

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Paraffin has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise!

Portsmouth company Paraffin has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This prestigious award recognises Paraffin’s excellence in international trade, and the outstanding year on year growth they have achieved over the last three years. It also reflects the impact they have had in creating positive cultural change through the delivery of learning and capabilities to some of the best brands and manufacturing businesses in the world.

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Is your business Net Zero ready?

We’re hosting the Greenfleet NetZero Roadshow South & South West, taking place in the Portsmouth Guildhall on 7 October 2021. You will be able to hear from experts from the council as well as Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, Crown Commercial Service, National Grid, SMMT and Association of Fleet Professionals. There will also be conversations about the upcoming Clean Air Zone, as well as the chance to test drive a range of cars and vans, and plenty of networking opportunities. If you’re responsible for your company’s transport needs, or are interested in how to make the switch to electric, register for free now.

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