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A BRIEFING about the future of business in the Portsmouth area will be held next month.

Small businesses in Portsmouth can attend the free breakfast event about grants, incentives and the opportunities that are opening up in the city.

The Future Portsmouth event on Friday, March 7 also aims to give employers information on how to develop their business and their workforce.

Topics will include all of the opportunities coming up because of the City Deal with central government and schemes for helping small and medium-sized businesses get advice and help as well as new developments, such as the Tipner and Horsea Island regeneration scheme.

Areas such as the transformation of the city centre and the seafront masterplan and how apprenticeships can help businesses will also be covered.

There will be a chance to speak to experts and other business leaders over an informal breakfast.

Speakers will include Kathy Wadsworth, Portsmouth City Council’s director of regeneration; Maureen Frost, deputy CEO of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce; Cheryl Buggy, project director of Shaping Portsmouth; Alistair McDermott, director of innovation services at the University of Portsmouth, and Ian Smith, employer account manager at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

Councillor Terry Hall, the council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘Businesses can often get confused about where to go for grants, advice and information. This event is designed to help them.

‘There are so many opportunities for businesses coming up in our city, and we want to make sure they understand what developments are on the way and how they can make the most of them.’

A major focus of the event will be on apprenticeships. Almost eight per cent of Portsmouth young people aged 16 to 18 are not in education, employment or training and apprenticeships can be golden opportunities for young workers and employers.

The event is from 7.30am to 10.30am at Portsmouth’s Marriott Hotel. It has been organised by the chamber, the council, the NAS and the Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Places for the event must be booked. To get more details, businesses can email, call 01329 242420, or visit