Business funding and support

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We partner with organisations to help with funding and other support for your business.

Cost of living information and support for businesses

The government's Energy Bill Relief Scheme (announced in September) cuts energy prices for businesses, charities and public sector organisations such as schools and hospitals. The scheme covers energy use for six months from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

How you receive the reduction will depend on the type of contract you currently hold. You can read how the scheme works for businesses on GOV.UK. It is important to note that there is no need to apply to the scheme and discounts will be calculated automatically. If you receive a request for your bank details, this could be a scam.

After this initial six-month scheme, the government will provide ongoing, focused support for vulnerable industries. A review three months into the initial scheme will consider where this focused support should be targeted to help those most in need. There is more help and advice about your energy bills available from Ofgem

BIPC Southampton

The Business and IP Centre (BIPC) Southampton is part of The British Library Business and IP Centre National Network and provides entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises with free access to databases, market research, Intellectual Property information, networking and business events. 

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Solent Growth Hub

A gateway to information and advice on a range of funding and support options for businesses in the Solent region.

Solent Growth Hub website

Solent Apprenticeship and Skills Hub

Free and impartial service to find the right skills and apprenticeship solutions for businesses.

Solent Apprenticeship and Skills Hub website

GetSet Solent

A business support programme delivering specialist, fully funded access to finance, grants and marketing support for businesses with the ambition to grow.

GetSet Solent website

Growing digital with DNASix

Free support to help you grow your business using a range of digital tools and techniques.

DNASix website

Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE)

Grant funding to help you grow your business through low carbon/eco-innovation solutions.

LoCase website

Help to Grow

Allows access to government-funded expertise to grow your business through management and digital support.

Help to Grow website

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Support to upskill your employees with fully funded training courses.

SSW website

The Rebel Business School

The Rebel Business School: Rebel on Demand will give you the information, inspiration and practical help you need to get your business idea up and running. They’ve collected videos, podcasts, blogs and information from their live events to give you a service you can enjoy free every day at any time.

Rebel on Demand

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