19th to 23rd February 2024, Various locations in Portsmouth

Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week

The week-long festival of free activity supporting and championing the region, designed by business for business.



Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week We’re back!

Portsmouth and South Coast Business week will return on 19-23rd February 2024. The annual showcase and celebration of our business community, designed around our four I’s; inform, invest, interact and inspire – and culminating in The News Business Excellence Awards.
The last two years have welcomed over 2,000 business delegates to over 60 events and Open Door sessions, and reached over 20,000 individuals through our Facebook Live videos. We’ve seen events Chaired by Lord David Willets and guest speakers like Will King (founder of King of Shaves) and Lauren Steadman MBE (Paralympic Champion).

We’re also now working closely with the teams at Venturefest South and Shaping Portsmouth Conference teams so as not to duplicate the existing amazing support that already exists in the region. Venturefest South is designed for our Innovators and Investors, our Start-ups and early-stage businesses, and showcases and celebrates regional innovation. Shaping Portsmouth Conference focuses on Transforming Portsmouth.

Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week What's it all about

Watch a short video from Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week’s headline sponsor Catax, delivered by R&D Director John Challen.

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Portsmouth and South Coast Business week offers a broad range of inspiring events, with opportunities to interact with likeminded businesses, informing you of the latest business thinking, and prioritising investment in your team, business, and its future success.


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Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development

Cllr Steve Pitt

“Portsmouth City Council are delighted to be supporting the third Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week. This week gives a great opportunity to showcase the strength and depth of business within the city and its outlying districts. Portsmouth is a top 25 GVA in the UK and growing at the fastest rate for any city in the South. However, now more than ever, we need to be focusing on supporting our businesses and ensuring their success. This week will enable you to interact with your peers through various networking events, to be informed of the funding and support available, be inspired with creative solutions for your business and offers opportunities to engage with leading skills providers to help develop your workforce.”
8:30 - 9:00

Facebook Live

Venue: Online
Join us from The Queen’s Hotel as we hear from Aaron Butson, Assistant Principal of Havant and South Downs College and Chair of the Portsmouth Business Strategy Group who will discuss the launch event and the full week of events.

09:00 - 11:30

Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week Launch Event

Hosted by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: Councillor Steve Pitt, Aaron Butson, Dawn Coker, Sebastian Martin and Richard Kennett
We are delighted to invite businesses from across the region to join us for the launch of the Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week. This launch event is bringing together businesses from across the region along with stakeholders and those local organisations who are instrumental in organising and ensuring the success of this week.

14:00 - 15:30

Flude Property Consultants - Property Issues

Hosted by Flude Property Consultants
Speakers: Sebastian Martin, Daniel Green, Daryn Brewer (Propods) and Megan Carter
Join us for a talk and discussion about various topical and relevant property issues aimed at businesses, landlords and tenants.
  • Navigating and Understanding your Business Rates - Daniel Green, Flude Property Consultants.
  • Commercial Property Market Update - Sebastian Martin, Flude Property Consultants.
  • How creating co living spaces benefits employers and employees - Daryn Brewer, Propods.
  • Reimagining Portsmouth City Centre Update - Megan Carter, Portsmouth City Council.

08:30 - 09:00

Facebook Live

Venue: Online
Join us from The Queen’s Hotel as we hear from people within the local business community who will talk through the day's events.

09:00 - 11:30

Meet the Chamber and Business Exhibition

Hosted by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Forge new business contacts, meet up with Chamber members and non-member businesses, and discover how your business can start making real savings with the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

09:00 - 17:00

Open Doors for Business

Local Businesses are opening their doors for you to visit them, understand more about what they can do and what they can offer. There is no need to book, all you need to do is turn up on the day, between 10 - 5 and introduce yourselves.
Ship to Shore Designs Ltd
09:00 - 17:00
Joinery 2, Boathouse 4, Main Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3PX
Traditional Wood Boat Building.
A World with Friends
10:00 - 14:00
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
We arrange a variety of events for children and young people age 5-25. Christmas parties, discos, wheelchair basketball, gaming sessions, soft play sessions, indoor skiing, and A World With Friends Prom for chronically ill and disabled young people at the Guildhall in Portsmouth.
Fareham Innovation Centre
10:00 - 15:00
Merlin House, 4 Meteor Way, Lee-On-The-Solent, PO13 9FU
Fareham Innovation Centre provides bespoke workspace and business support for growing companies in the marine, aerospace and engineering sectors. Our purpose-built, serviced office spaces and workshops have been designed to fit around your needs and preferences, and the centre can accommodate businesses of all sizes. Owned by Fareham Borough Council, we believe in creating and supporting new jobs in the sector with a £5.3 million state-of-the-art space to work, grow and connect. We have a strong connection with Fareham College’s Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST), with all CEMAST apprentices working at the centre.
The Performance Equation
10:00 - 16:00
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
Dr Marie Stopforth is a coaching psychologist, supervisor, trainer and facilitator with a passion for wellbeing and performance, working with individuals and groups to help them gain insight and clarity to reach their full potential.
Visual Digital
10:00 - 17:00
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
At Visual Digital, we excel in Website Design, Graphic Design, eCommerce, Branding, SEO and the technical side of running a website such as Hosting, Emails and updates. We can help if you need a new website or a refresh of an old website.
The Peter Ashley Activity Centres
12:00 - 15:30
Peter Ashley Activity Centres - Fort Purbrook, Peter Ashley Road, Portsmouth, PO6 1BJ
The Peter Ashley Activity Centres are based on the south coast, just north of Portsmouth and offer a wide range of sports and activities for children and adults.
Home Instead Portsmouth
12:30 - 14:30
1st Floor, Office 2, Ameiva House, Quartremaine Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5QP
Bespoke Home Care Services in Portsmouth
There is a popular truism in that ‘home is where the heart is’ and at Home Instead Portsmouth we believe that continuing to live at home, in the place you know and love, really is the happiest and safest solution as you age.
Fine Voice
12:30 - 15:00
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
Fine Voice encourages students to learn and perform a wide range of music helping to improve range, agility, and musical appreciation. Students receive the best vocal, musical and theory tuition and when proficient have plenty of opportunities to perform in public.
Parity Trust
12:30 - 16:00
Parity Trust, Port View, One Port Way, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TY
Finance (provision of secured loans). Parity Trust, based in Portsmouth, has been providing secured loans to homeowners since 2005. Currently working with 16 local authority partners across Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, we provide home improvements loans that can be used to carry out property adaptations, home improvements including energy efficiency measures and general repairs. Our aim is to ensure that homes are safe, secure and warm.
Electrogear (Fareham) Ltd.
12:30 - 17:00
Unit 1, Salterns Lane, Fareham, PO16 0SU
Electrogear Fareham is an Electrical/Electronics manufacturing company providing all services from PCB build to onsite Installations. We have over 70 years of experience in all fields of Electro Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Prototype, Manufacturing, Test, Troubleshooting, Installation and Commissioning in a variety of areas of industry.
DTW Ceramics UK Limited
12:30 - 17:00
48-49 Fitzherbert Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, PO61RU
Fully fitted showroom with over 30 bays showing tiles and bathroom ideas. Trade store is a trade outlet with 1000s of products for the trade to use in any bathroom installation situation.
Field Gun Sport Ltd
12:30 - 17:00
Farlington Fields, Eastern Road, Farlington, PO6 1UW
Sports training for corporate away days and visitor experience. Wedding and ceremonial gun salutes.
Southsea Community Cinema & Arts Centre
12:30 - 17:00
1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QQ
Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre is home for Portsmouth Film Society. Our home and programming are designed to adapt to changes in the way people experience art, films, theatre, music and entertainment in the future. Free biscuits included.
Glam & Grace Boutique
12:30 - 17:00
9 Stubbiington Green, Fareham, PO14 7JG
Retail sector & ladies clothing and accessories.
Gibbs & Dandy
12:30 - 17:00
Gibbs & Dandy, Church Farm, Westhampnett, Chichester, PO18 0NS
Building Materials Supplier, Bathrooms and much more.
Artabelle Furniture
12:30 - 17:00
Unit 3, Paulsgrove Enterprise Centre, Bourne Road, Portsmouth, PO6 4JD
Furniture making and restoration services.
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
12:30 - 17:00
Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, PO14 1NH
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce can provide purpose-built, office space has been designed to fit around the bespoke workspace and business support needs of growing companies across the county. With business changing the way they operate following the pandemic, our specially designed ChamberSpace comes fully equipped with hot desks, meeting booths and private meeting rooms to allow full flexibility for our members. Join us during Portsmouth and South Coast Business week at our Fareham college base to learn more about the Chamber and how we could support businesses like yours.
The Queens Hotel
13:00 - 15:00
Clarence Parade, Osborne Rd, Southsea, PO5 3LJ
The Queens Hotel is a Grade 2 listed Edwardian building sat on the edge of Southsea Common just a few minutes walk from the beach.
Giant Leap Video
13:00 - 15:00
Unit 6, The Parkwood Centre, First floor Unit, Aston Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7HT
Giant Leap Video and Photography specialise in all areas of corporate video and photo production, delivering high-quality content for Portsmouth, Hampshire and across the South Coast and beyond.
Planet Friendly Paint
13:00 - 16:00
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
We create zero waste, handmade, watercolour paints made from upcycled waste cosmetics to create a unique painting experience suitable for artists of all abilities.
The Portsmouth Distillery
13:00 - 16:00
Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Southsea PO4 9LD
The Portsmouth Distillery Co. is a premium artisan spirit producer. Established in 2018, our home is in the fabulous eighteenth century Bastion of Fort Cumberland. Located on the southeastern tip of Portsea Island – surrounded by the Sea and Centuries of naval history.

13:00 - 15:00

Wellbeing Session - Mental Health & Menopause at Work

Hosted by City of Portsmouth College
Speakers: Sophie Cartledge and Hannah Murray

City of Portsmouth College are delighted to offer a “Mental Health and Menopause in the Workplace” session on Tuesday 7th February between 1pm and 3pm at COPC with Mental health coach Hannah Murray & Menopause coach Sophie Cartledge.

Our workforce is facing challenging times, many are concerned about job security, increased cost of living and with a third of all workers over 50, looking after our wellbeing and those of our employees has never been so important.
Hannah from Beautiful mind coach will be sharing tools for recognising and managing overwhelm and stress and highlighting how employers can help support their staff with wellbeing.
Sophie from Hormones on the blink will be discussing what employers need to know about menopause at work and considerations for creating a menopause inclusive environment. She will also be sharing some tips on signposting and how individuals can best access support for symptoms.

08:30 - 09:00

Facebook Live

Venue: Online
Join us from The Queen’s Hotel as we hear from people within the local business community who will talk through the day's events.

09:00 - 11:30

Cash is Key: A Guide to Growth Through Innovation

Hosted by Catax
Understanding the fundamentals of innovation, the funding available and why this should be a key part of your growth strategy.

09:00 - 16:00

Apprenticeship and Employment Opportunities

Hosted by Fareham College
Employers are welcome to come along and showcase their companies and advertise apprenticeships and open employment to graduating students.

14:00 - 16:00

Demystifying the Solent Freeport

Hosted by Lakbir Singh
Speaker: Lakbir Singh, Steve Szalay, Richard Parkinson, Ian Palacio and Stuart Baker
Accelerating the creation of high-quality employment space, with investment specifically targeted at state-of-the-art growth sectors and ground-breaking approaches to decarbonisation and green innovation, this session will demystify what a Freeport is and the positive economic impact it will make for the South Coast region, in particular, Portsmouth and Southampton.

17:30 - 20:00

Business Beyond the Classroom

Hosted by University of Portsmouth
Speaker: Will King
It’s easy to start a business but hard to stay successful. Join Will King, Portsmouth Polytechnic alumnus and founder of leading men’s grooming brand King of Shaves, to find out what got this entrepreneur through two recessions – and counting!

08:30 - 09:00

Facebook Live

Venue: Online
Join us from The Queen’s Hotel as we hear from people within the local business community who will talk through the day's events.

10:00 - 16:00

GetSet for Growth Day - Panel Discussion with Key speakers on "The Future of Marketing for SME's" 2023 and beyond

Hosted by GetSet Solent
A full day session introducing local businesses to key experts in Marketing presenting and discussing trends in 2023 and beyond.
This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about the trends they need to take notice of, whilst networking with other businesses in the area.
The morning will be followed by an opportunity to meet with the GetSet team for "drop in" sessions to learn more about the Grant Funding we have on offer via our business support programme as well as getting advice on Equity funding, Crowd funding and other sources of investment.

12:30 - 14:00

Working with Young People in a Cultural Environment

Hosted by The News, Portsmouth
Speakers: Hayley Reay, Cherry Lambert and Charlie Fletcher
Portsmouth Guildhall is delighted to be taking part in Business Week, we host over a dozen businesses at the Guildhall and annually host 80,000 people to meetings, conferences and events. We’re strong advocates on Portsmouth’s development as a meetings destination with it’s unique location and diversity of offer for those seeking to host an event in the city.
We’re delighted to be hosting not only the Business Awards on the 10th but our own networking luncheon on the 9th Feb at 12.30pm.
There are many local businesses who have experience of engaging with young people either through schools and colleges or extra curricular activities. We’re inviting businesses who’d like to share their experiences as well as those who want to learn more.
To hear from experts regards child licensing, safeguarding, how to engage with schools and colleges and the practicalities of running workshops and events. At the luncheon you can hear from Hayley Reay, Head of Learning and Participation at the Guildhall, Cherry Lambert Dance Live! Producer, Charlie Fletcher founder and Project Manager of UVG and many more people. The event is free and will be hosted in a relaxed and discussive environment.

08:30 - 09:00

Facebook Live

Venue: Online
Rounding off the week with a wrap up from The Queen’s Hotel, as we finish the week with The News Business Awards and discuss how successful the week has been for those involved.

08:00 - 10:30

Future Portsmouth

Hosted by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Speaker: Gerald Vernon-Jackson with more speakers tbc
Bring together Portsmouth businesses, education and training partners and public sector colleagues to encourage collaboration and innovation within our Great Waterfront City.

18:45 - 22:00

The News Business Excellence Awards dinner

Hosted by The News, Portsmouth
Speakers: Graham Galbraith, Mark Waldron, Heather Melville and Anjana Gadgil
The News are very excited to celebrate the 21st annual ceremony on Friday 10th February at the Portsmouth Guildhall.
BBC TV presenter Anjana Gadgil will be your evening's host, and we will also hear from The News Editor, Mark Waldron and headline sponsor The University of Portsmouth Business School before commencing with the 3 course meal and awards ceremony.

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GET TO KNOW TO THE Speakers and Supporters

Aaron Butson

Assistant Principal for Work-Based Learning at HSDC

Andrew Kaye

Principal and Chief Executive - Fareham College

Anoushka Ottley

Managing Director of Business Partnerships and Commercial- Fareham College

Becky Miles

Business Liaison Officer at University of Portsmouth

Daniel Green

Business Rates Flude Property Consultants

Daryn Brewer

Managing Director at Propods Ltd and Co Founder at Destin4 Ltd

Farid Yeganeh

Managing Director, Queens Hotel, Portsmouth

Jane Hardy

Economic Development Officer at Fareham Borough Council

Joe McDowell

Events Programme and Partnerships Manager at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Katy Quinn

Principal and CEO City of Portsmouth College

Kim Pellett

Deputy Economic Growth Manager at Portsmouth City Council

Mark Waldron

Editor at The News, Portsmouth

Michael Woods

Managing Director of Solent Sky Services

Michelle McKechnie

Senior Business Development Manager, Kier Construction London & Southern

Mike Gaston

Principal and CEO of HSDC

Paul Cox

CEO and Principal, Eastleigh College

Ross McNally

CEO and Executive Chair, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Sebastian Martin

Director at Flude Property Consultants - Experienced Real Estate Adviser

Councillor Steve Pitt

Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development

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