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Getting Set for Growth

Southampton Science Park is delighted to have been chosen by Get Set for Growth as its home for the Solent region. This new South Coast base joins six other regional hubs to create a nationwide presence that will benefit small to medium sized enterprises with the ambition and potential to grow.

GetSet Solent is a fully funded business support programme delivering specialist access to finance, business and marketing support. The service is available to SMEs across the Solent region. The programme focuses on helping businesses overcome the two biggest barriers to growth – generating sufficient profitable customers and accessing finance. The GetSet advisors provide ambitious businesses with engaging workshops, informative meet the expert events, 1:1 sessions and support.

In addition, they provide support to access the GetSet Solent Grant Programme. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, grants of up to £25,000 will be available to all eligible small and medium businesses across the Solent region to enable them to invest in their future growth, boost the economy and provide more jobs to the area.

Helen Stratton, Programme Director, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for businesses across Solent to get funding to develop and improve their offering for the future. We know Southampton and the wider Solent area is full of talented companies and entrepreneurs and we can’t wait to deliver this funding. The grant programme is there to help ambitious businesses unlock their growth potential both locally and nationally. We are excited to be located at the heart of the region at the Southampton Science Park with its great facilities and access.”

Jane Holt, Business Development Director at Southampton Science Park, added: “Get Set for Growth is a fabulous addition to our innovative, growth-focused community and we are delighted to welcome the team here. Their mission to help Solent-based businesses fulfil their potential perfectly mirrors our own ethos, and I am excited about the opportunities that will be created for participant businesses and for our region as a whole.”

Across the UK, GetSet has supported over 7,000 businesses, which collectively turnover £2bn, have created more than 3,000 jobs and have raised over £70m in growth finance.

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