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£45,000 funding boost to help budding entrepreneurs

BUDDING entrepreneurs in Portsmouth can now get more help to develop their ideas thanks to a £45,000 funding boost.

Arts Council England has awarded the cash to develop an innovation and business support hub at Portsmouth Central Library in Guildhall Walk.

The money will be used to create a business space in the library, pay for online subscriptions people can access and fund a specialist business development post.

The specialist staff member will offer help to people who want to launch a new idea or invention and show them how to protect and market their concept.

Lindy Elliot, library services manager said: ‘We will now deliver a business hub which can provide essential support for hard-working businesses and those needing support in moving on a good idea to create a flourishing enterprise.

‘This is a really exciting project which proves how the library really is a modern and dynamic place. We could be helping to support the next Branson, or involved in the patent of the next Dyson.’

Katie Lusty from Arts Council England said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Portsmouth Central Library through our Enterprising Libraries fund. The fund encourages libraries to use their role as community hubs to spark local economic growth and improve access to business resources in local communities.’

 

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