Premises and relocation

The Solent region is already the preferred location of choice for many blue-chip companies.

The region offers a diverse portfolio of established industrial and commercial sites, alongside new development opportunities to help businesses grow. These include urban, waterside and rural locations serviced by excellent communications to London, the UK and the rest of Europe. Whether you are seeking offices, factories or warehousing, to buy or let, the Solent region has a wealth of opportunities for relocation or expansion.

For a more detailed search on a specific area see below:

Office Locations

Innovation Connect University of Portsmouth

Based across several venues in Portsmouth, access a range of business services and facilities at the University of Portsmouth, strengthened by personalised support from Barclays Eagle Labs. Innovation Connect offers flexible coworking and office spaces, well-equipped meeting rooms, dynamic event space and even a podcast room, with all-inclusive pricing.

Fareham Innovation Centre at Daedalus

Is a brand new purpose built innovation centre dedicated to providing new businesses with bespoke office and workshop space, meeting rooms and business support.

Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth

A landmark business location, sits in a prominent position at the gateway to Portsmouth with motorway access from Junction 12 of the M27. Offering high quality accommodation and development opportunities in a campus setting, Lakeside caters for a variety of occupier requirements, in a thriving and established business setting.

Solent Business Park, Fareham

The Solent Business Park at Whiteley / Fareham is strategically located adjacent to J9 of the M27 midway between Southampton and Portsmouth. Both Southampton International Airport and Southampton Parkway mainline rail station are within easy reach.

Lab Space

University of Southampton Science Park

Welcomes businesses of various sizes with space ranging from 200 sq ft to 16,000 sq ft. Accommodation can be fitted out to tenants’ specifications and there are some opportunities for companies to acquire Science Park land on long-lease terms, allowing them to construct their own custom-designed buildings. All the companies on the park are engaged in research, development, ‘high tech’ manufacturing or services which directly support businesses on the park.

Industrial Locations

Airport Industrial Estate

Portsmouth’s principal industrial estate to the north of Portsea Island, a short distance to the Eastern Road dual carriageway and the Farlington roundabout junction with the A27/M27 South Coast trunk route.

Fareham Business Parks

Centrally located on the south coast, Fareham Trade Park and Fareham Business Park occupy the same site on a prominent position less than 3 miles from junction 11 of the M27.

Hilsea Industrial Estate

22 brand new industrial and enterprise units located in the well established Hilsea Industrial Estate. Units from 400 sq ft (37 sq m) to 2,250 sq ft (209 sq m).

Marchwood Industrial Park

The site comprises 48.56 hectares (120 acres) of Open Storage Sites, Warehouse and Distribution Premises, Light and Heavy Industrial Buildings,Office Buildings as well as Scientific, Research and Development Premises.

Segensworth Industrial Estate

Segensworth Business Park at Whiteley / Fareham is strategically located adjacent to J9 of the M27 midway between Southampton and Portsmouth.

Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

is a former MoD site based at Lee-on-the-Solent, south Hampshire, has been designated by Government as an Enterprise Zone. This provides an opportunity for a sustainable, mixed-use development in an area with a strong legacy in advanced manufacturing in the Marine, Aerospace and Aviation sectors. The ex-military airfield site covers 82 hectares and is situated on the coast between Portsmouth and Southampton.

Tipner Wharf & Horsea Island, Portsmouth

Mixed use redevelopment to provide residential and employment uses, as well as a Park & Ride facility.

Woolmer Trading Estate

This Estate offers a range of industrial / warehouse units to let in Bordon, Hampshire with sizes from 900 sq ft to 25,000 sq ft and can accommodate most light industrial, general industrial and warehousing uses (B1C, B2 and B8) with ample car parking and good loading access for HGV and delivery vehicles.

It’s simple to start a business from home and growing numbers of people are doing it. There are 2.9m home-based businesses in the UK and they contribute £300 billion to the economy. As part of its long-term economic plan to back businesses, the government has made it even easier to start a business from home. These are some of the top things you need to know and do when starting a home business.

Home Business Guide

Explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths. Covers business essentials like rates, insurance and health and safety considerations.

Planning guidance

Planning permission is not normally required to run a business from home. The local planning authority will determine this on the individual merits of a case.

Small business rates

Check if your home business will be subject to business rates. Generally, you shouldn’t have to pay business rates for minor business use of the home.

Small business rate relief scheme

You can get small business rate relief if you only use one property and your property’s rateable value is less than £12,000

Health & Safety

The Health and Safety Executive’s homeworking guide will help you to check that your home business meets health and safety requirements.

Decide the legal structure of your business

Home business must still decide on the legal structure of your business. Sole traders, business partnerships and individual partners must register for self-assessment with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Register your home business

Private limited companies and Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) must register with Companies House.

Simpler Income Tax: cash basis

If you are a very small sole trader or partnership and have an income of £81,000 or less, you can use a new cash basis to simplify tax.

Model Tenancy Agreement for private tenants

You should let your landlord know that you are planning to run a business from home and get their consent before doing so. The government has confirmed that social tenants are able to start and run a business from home. If you own a leasehold property you should check your lease for any restrictions.

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