Help is on offer to get a share of £2.1m growth fund

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FIRMS wanting to find out more about winning a share of £2.1m are being invited to attend a series of events.

The Bridging the Gap Fund was launched jointly by The News, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the University of Portsmouth, the Federation of Small Businesses and Portsmouth City Council a fortnight ago.

Since then, the Solent LEP has been receiving submissions from firms interested in getting money to help them either start up or expand.

Now the university’s Purple Door careers and recruitment department is offering a series of events to help business people find out more about the fund and register their interest.

Richard Jones, of the Solent LEP said: ‘These will be the best focus of information for businesses.

‘In terms of general inquiries coming through from businesses, we’ve had a huge amount of them.

‘We will deal with specific enquiries that people have, but the best place to find out more generally is at one of the events.’

The first takes pace at the university’s business school on July 6 between 8.30am and 10.30am, followed by a workshop in Gosport on July 11.

That will be held at the Gosport Business Centre from 9am to 11am.

The third will be held at the Langstone Technology Park on July 10 from 8.30am until 10.30am.

Each workshop is free to attend.

To qualify for the funding, which will be administered by the Solent LEP, businesses must have a base in either Portsmouth, Havant or Gosport.

All companies will have to bring their own funding to support their grant applications. Start-ups will need to provide 30 per cent of the project costs, while small and medium firms will need to find 50 per cent.

To find out more, see solentlep.org.uk.