Business and Skills Support

Our Business & Skills Support team provides bespoke business support and business skills programmes across the *Solent region. Browse through the range of programmes, events and initiatives available to find opportunities to boost your business or business skills.

*The Solent region

includes the New Forest, Eastleigh, Gosport, Portsmouth, Havant, the Isle of Wight, Southampton & Fareham

Calendar and events

Our calendar contains information on all Solent Partners events, masterclasses and meetings, as well as other events in the Solent area. Many of the events that we promote are run by local and national partners; you will therefore need to contact the relevant organisation through the links provided if you are interested in attending.

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over, primarily aimed at delivering training that is co-designed with employers to respond to skills shortages. At its heart, Skills Bootcamps are designed to support adults to retrain and upskill in local priority sectors, ultimately supporting economic growth in the Solent.

Growth Hub Services

Solent Partners provides Growth Hub services for businesses operating in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.


The Solent region is a vibrant hub of creativity, wonder and innovation and is one of the core reasons businesses clamber to establish themselves in the area. CREATE Solent is a business ecosystem designed to benefit the creative sector and provide a support hub for creatives at all stages of their careers.

Simplify AI workshops

Our series of fully funded workshops aim to clarify basic fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) for small businesses, freelancers, and marketeers.

Fareham start up Launch Pad

Fully funded by Fareham Borough Council and run in partnership with the Solent Growth Hub team, the Fareham start-up Launch Pad offers 12 month of intensive tailored support to eight start-up businesses based in Fareham.

Havant Business Growth Programme

If you’re based in Havant and have been operating a business for over two years, this intensive support programme is tailored to your specific needs. Offering mentoring support in a range of areas, if you feel your business is not reaching its full potential, this is the programme for you.

Tech Learning Hub
Mentoring and Coaching

No one reaches the top without the right support and that’s why Solent Partners is perfectly positioned to offer mentoring and coaching services as part of our Growth Hub. Whether you’re starting up or looking to get to the next level, we are here for you.

Bid Writing Workshops
Business Clinics
Ethnically Diverse Peer Networks

Tech Learning Hub

A dedicated resource full of regional national tech/digital tools to help you, businesses and communities develop digital skills for now and the future. This page is full of interactive links and resources from our partners in the Solent but also across the UK.

For Professionals
Digital Tech skills for Work
For Students
Tech Digital Career Skills
For Business Owners
Business Growth Digital Skills

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