New growth fund taking applications

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For the next 18 months, Solent business owners are invited to take advantage of a new fully-funded specialist service, GetSet for Growth, thanks to funding from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Ambitious but stuck businesses from all sectors and of all sizes will be eligible to apply for this new fully-funded support but will need to demonstrate both their intention and potential to grow in order to qualify.

Once accepted into the programme, businesses will receive a tailored package of support, comprising both masterclasses and one-to-one expert advice, aimed at targeting their specific challenges and increasing their knowledge, confidence and management skills.

GetSet Solent’s Project Director, Matt Giles said: ‘There are so many companies in Solent who have the potential to take their business to the next level, but need help getting there and the current support provision simply doesn’t cater to the vast majority of these businesses.

‘It’s wonderful to be able to respond to this clear market with a unique programme of support that’s already proven its impact on more than 1,000 UK businesses.’

Over the coming weeks, the GetSet Solent team will be actively reaching out to local businesses that may benefit from the programme.

The teams will also work closely with a range of local and national partners to explore new opportunities for supporting the growth of local SMEs.

To apply go to or call 0800 917 7044.