Business project aims to be boost for city start-ups

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A NEW programme hopes to improve business start-up rates in Portsmouth.

Currently the city has low rates in comparison to Brighton which has nearly double the number of new businesses.

The programme is being launched by the Business and Enterprise workstream of the Shaping Portsmouth programme.

Stef Nienaltowski, chairman of the group said: ‘Historically, in Portsmouth, people went to work for someone else. So our theme is that in the future, Portsmouth will be the place that you work for yourself.’

‘If we create more entrepreneurial opportunities in the city then it will improve our start-up rates and help to tackle unemployment in the city.’

The launch event which is taking place on Saturday, May 9, will give budding entrepreneurs the chance to get information from a series of short presentations and one-to-one appointments with business experts.

There will also be a series of break-out sessions on 12 different areas for both start-ups and existing business owners.

These will run all day and include a range of topics from finance and marketing to product development.

The programme works in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth University.

Peter Hooley, from the university, is leading the project.

He said: ‘We’re trying to start a culture of business start-up, so as well as hosting this event every year, entrepreneurs will also be able to access a range of business start-up resources and event details through a new website we’re launching.

The launch event is at Richmond Building on Portland Street from 10am to 2pm.