4th Mar 2014 / 10:57am
We will be exhibiting at the Portsmouth Business Expo this March - its free to attend so come and say hello!
Only three weeks away - do you have your FREE expo ticket yet?
The successful Portsmouth Business Expo is back for its third year and due to recent changes, the business show will now be held at the Portsmouth Guildhall.
We do hope you can attend and take best-advantage of this show that brings the local business community together in relaxed and informal surroundings - perfect for nurturing those all important business opportunities.
Contact Matthew Larcome Event Organiser for more details. Tel: 01256 838386 www.portsmouthbusinessexpo.co.uk
Showcase your small business in relaxed and informal surroundings
Come just for the exhibition, or showcase your company at speed networking. We even have a line-up of sensational speakers, all free of charge - that will blow your mind with their amazing business stories and inspirational ideas.
There's just one thing you need to do - register today! One simple form to complete and you have access to over 500 businesses that may be looking for somebody just like you to help their own business. You won't know unless you attend - will you?
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20th Jan 2014 / 3:02pm
It's that time of year again when you can wear whatever red clothing you have and raise money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation.
Join us tomorrow February 7th - attend one of your network meeting with as much red as you dare to wear and raise money for the charity.
Find out more here - www.rampupthered.org.uk
8th Jan 2014 / 7:34am
Take a look at our Christmas joint breakfast meeting held at the Beachcroft Hotel in Bognor Regis. Great venue, great atmosphere, great people... and great networking!
Thank you to Matthew Riley of ChichesterTube who shot the video. vimeo.com/83603046
Why dont you join us one morning soon at Bognor or Chichester... it's that Friday feeling!
21st Nov 2013 / 9:32am
Are you a high growth, innovative small or medium business? Or one delivering green or low carbon goods and services?
Are you planning to to expand and grow but not finding it easy to find the finance required? Would a grant of up to 25% of the total project cost make the difference between going ahead and not being able to? If so then our innovation and green business grant could be for you.
Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting initial expressions of interest from high growth and innovation, and / or low carbon and environmental technology small and medium businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs. Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 will be available to eligible businesses. We will also consider grants of a higher value where a greater impact on employment growth can be shown.
Grants may be spent on a wide range of eligible items including, research and development, innovation and product/service development, breaking into new markets, skills development, plant and equipment, business premises and other capital items.
To be eligible businesses must:
• Show how the grant will lead to new jobs
• Be able to demonstrate that they have explored fully other sources of funding without success
• Show other investment alongside the grant in the ratio of at least 1:4 - we will provide up to 25% of the project as a grant and you will need to provide the remaining 75% through another form of investment which could be retained profits, loans, equity finance or investment funds.
• Have premises in or be planning to create new jobs in one of these Local Authority areas:
• Adur • Brighton and Hove • Croydon • Lewes • Reigate & Banstead • Arun • Chichester • Epsom and Ewell • Mid Sussex • Worthing
Be planning at least one of the following:
• To grow your business by 20% over the next 3 years.
• To introduce new goods or services or other innovation
• To exploit leading edge technology
• To develop and market low carbon and environmental goods and services
• To supply goods and services to one of the major environmental projects in this area including the Sussex Energy Saving Programme and Off-Shore Windfarms.
Applications will open in early November but to register your interest now please visit www.coast2capital.org.uk where you can download our expression of interest form. If you would like to discuss a possible application for your firm with a member of our Regional Growth Fund team please email email@example.com
This initiative is a partnership between Coast to Capital, West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, the Universities of Brighton, Sussex and Chichester and The Argus.
Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions will apply.
24th Jul 2013 / 3:34pm
When local designer Steve Wilson moved his business from London to Sussex ten years ago, he decided to get to know his local business community by launching a brand new networking group called The First Friday Network. “Getting out and about to meet new business people each and every week just isn’t possible when you’re busy running your own business, so I decided to get local businesses to come and meet me!” In 2003 the very first group opened in Chichester and today, a decade later, the First Friday Network has spread nationwide, operating in over 20 locations and communicating with more than 1500 members online.
The way First Friday differs from other networking groups is that it is free and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. “My vision is to give small businesses like mine something for nothing – there is no membership fee and no meeting fee; the only ‘cost’ is your time and effort,” says Steve. “It is this kind of informal, fun atmosphere that naturally leads to business being done,” he says. “ I think it’s the key to our success and makes us different from other networks – there is no forced referral generation, no forced ‘60 seconds’ and no lock-outs. I believe if you want to do business you will anyway, without the hard-sell factor! Anyone is welcome to attend; all you have to do is to bring your business cards and any marketing material you want to share.”
Because the First Friday atmosphere is fun and informal, members are encouraged to make their contacts at their own pace and on their own terms. It’s a regular opportunity for them to exchange ideas, share solutions to mutual business problems, promote their businesses and help promote others. New alliances are formed, personal recommendations are made and newcomers can meet regulars and vice versa. Steve believes: “Networking is about making new bonds and nurturing existing relationships, and this has never applied more than now in the current challenging economic climate.”
Since the early days of the network in Chichester, First Friday has spread across the country with meetings held every month in East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South Wales. All the groups are aligned to one another, but are run by local business people with local business knowledge. The website is very active with a members blog and business directory.
Recently Steve has applied this winning format to breakfast meetings where the same relaxed approach is attracting more and more members. Currently the breakfast groups operate in Chichester, Bognor Regis (West Sussex) and Neath Port Talbot (South Wales) with plans to open a meeting in Lambeth (South London) shortly. The long term goal is to grow the First Friday network further into a national organisation.
“At the heart of every good business, large or small, are people, which is why, especially in this age of online engagement and social media, meeting face-to-face and personal contact is vital,” says Steve.
See you at a meeting near you soon... or if there isn't one get in touch and we'll help you set one up!
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