Portsmouth City Council scoop prize for business initiative

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PORTSMOUTH City Council’s businesses start-up initiative has scooped an award from the Federation of Small Businesses.

The Start-Up Portsmouth Action Plan won the title for the Most Innovative Programme, Campaign or Project in the FSB’s Wessex Regional Local Authority Small Business Awards 2016.

This award is testament to the hard work put in to support and engage small businesses and start-ups in Portsmouth

Councillor Luke Stubbs

The action plan is an ongoing project run by the council in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and the Business and Enterprise Workstream of the Shaping Portsmouth business forum.

It has already demonstrated results with hundreds of businesses engaged through a range of events offering advice on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to digital marketing.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This award is testament to the hard work put in to support and engage small businesses and start-ups in Portsmouth.

‘Helping small businesses to grow is a key to building the city’s economy.

‘If local entrepreneurs find Portsmouth to be an enterprise-friendly area in the early days they are more likely to stay once they grow.’