BUSINESS leaders and a range of partners are gearing up for a series of free events at the third annual Portsmouth & South Coast Business Week.
The popular ‘festival of business’ takes place at various locations, with sessions streamed on Facebook Live, from Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10.
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is co-ordinating and delivering the #pscbw programme along with education providers, local authority representatives, businesses and other partners.
Chamber Chief Executive Ross McNally said: “This inspiring week comes amid challenging times due to uncertainty over inflation, energy costs and interest rates.
“Now is the ideal time to come together to discuss and champion innovation and business support, celebrate the many strengths of businesses in our region and share creative solutions to the many challenges we face.
“This is exactly the opportunity the week provides – and it’s all free.
“If you want to stay up to date on funding and support, be inspired by fellow entrepreneurs and engage with skills and training providers, this is your chance.”
Over its five days, #pscbw features an interactive series of presentations, visits and networking opportunities.
Activities kick off with a breakfast launch at the Queens Hotel in Southsea. Speakers include Aaron Butson, Assistant Principal at Havant & South Downs College and Chair of Portsmouth Business Strategy Group, and Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Portsmouth City Council.
Other sessions during the week focus on subjects such as how to stay successful once your business is launched, what the future of marketing for SMEs will look like, and how employers can best work with young people.
A wellbeing session on mental health and menopause in the workplace will be held at the City of Portsmouth College while Eastleigh College will host an event looking at the likely impact of Solent Freeport on job creation and the regional economy.
There is a Meet the Chamber business exhibition at Fratton Park, run by Hampshire Chamber and showcasing a wide range of business services.
And an open day on the Tuesday of the week will see around 20 businesses and organisations welcome visitors into their premises for a behind-the-scenes look. Participants include The Portsmouth Distillery, DTW Ceramics, Fareham Innovation Centre, Ship to Shore Design and the Parity Trust in Port Solent.
The week culminates on the Friday evening with The News Business Excellence Awards Dinner at Portsmouth Guildhall, hosted by BBC TV presenter Anjana Gadgil and supported by the University of Portsmouth Business School.
Headline sponsor for the week is tax relief specialist Catax.
Other supporters include Fareham College, Get Set Solent, Purple Group, Flude Property Consultants, Shaping Portsmouth, Solent Sky Services and property group Kier.
For more information, visit https://portsmouth.southcoastbusinessweek.co.uk/
PICTURED: Business leaders at a session at last year’s Portsmouth & South Coast Business Week. Inset: Aaron Butson, Assistant Principal at Havant & South Downs College and Chair of Hampshire Chamber’s Portsmouth Business Strategy Group. Aaron is one of the speakers at the breakfast launch of Portsmouth & South Coast Business Week taking place on Monday, February 6, at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea.