Business support resources

Solent Growth Hub

The Solent Growth Hub provides a single point of access to a variety of funding and support options for businesses in the Solent area. They are also working on a long-term action plan to help local businesses get back on their feet and build resilience.

Solent Apprenticeship Hub

Southampton City Council is the lead partner for the Solent Apprenticeship Hub. This is a free, impartial service for businesses to find the right skills and apprenticeship solutions. They can also advise small businesses on Kickstart, a fully-funded national scheme to support young people on Universal Credit gain valuable work experience.

Visit the Solent Apprenticeship Hub or email hello@solentapprenticeshiphub.com

Procurement processes and becoming a supplier

Our aim is to support Southampton’s communities and businesses by ensuring our procurement processes and policies acknowledge suppliers that will bring local economic, social and environmental benefits. Find easy to use guides for buyers and suppliers.

Employment Support Team

The team specialises in supporting employers to recruit and retain employees with a disability, health condition, or those who need more support to work successfully, whilst offering a unique person-centred service including in-work support, if required. Visit the Employment Support Team webpages. 

Other business support services include: