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Ruth Whitely from The Apprentice Visits College Enterprise Academy

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Ruth-300x200The Unloc team recently welcomed Ruth Whiteley (who starred as a contestant on the most recent series of The Apprentice) to Portsmouth College for a fun and interactive workshop with our Enterprise Academy students.

Ruth gave the students some insight into what it was really like taking part in The Apprentice’ process having been ‘fired’ in Week 4 of the show as well as some of her top tips for success in life. Ruth then went on to issue a special enterprise challenge to the students – giving them 15 minutes to develop an entrepreneurial solution to any problem they face in the college environment.

Students came up with some incredibly innovative ideas including the ‘DIY Deli Bar’ and a student-led revision app. The two winning teams are due to be invited for a special working-lunch to further develop their ideas to make them a reality.

Ruth commented “It’s been fabulous being here with the students. They’ve shown serious commitment to the idea of enterprise and it’s really positive to see the college’s commitment as well.”

Portsmouth College Student Lewis Hayes added “It was really good to hear directly from Ruth about her experiences both on The Apprentice and in her business life. I’m looking forward to how we move forward with the different ideas we came up with.”

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Portsmouth's Future in Mind

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A review is underway into mental health provision for children and young people in Portsmouth.

The GP-led NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group and Portsmouth City council are assessing the services and support available and how they might be improved. £2m worth of funding has been secured for the city over the next 5 years to transform the service and plans will be developed over the next six months in consultation with children, young people parents and carers.

The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people are of crucial importance as it can have such an impact on later life with research indicating that half of lifetime mental health problems starting before the age of 14.

Draft transformation plans have been developed and are available on the Portsmouth CCG website - including suggestions around self-harm, peer support and eating disorders. There are online surveys on the site too where you can register your views.

Visit www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk and search search 'future in mind', or email your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Feeding 5000 Thank You Party+Food Partnership next steps!

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The Portsmouth Food Partnership would like to cordially invite you to the F5K Portsmouth Thank You tea party on Monday 18th January at Lily and Lime, Central Library Café, 4 – 5.30pm

This will be an opportunity to say thank you to all who supported this great event, hear about the impact, see some great photos from the event, and network with all who were involved. It will also be an opportunity to discover how you can support the Portsmouth Food Partnership in its next step to achieve Good Food for all in Portsmouth. They’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the following areas, so please have a think beforehand:

  • Food and Health Inequalities
  • Green and Urban Spaces for Growing Food
  • Food Industries and Business
  • Research and Funding

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02392 892 022 so they know numbers for catering.

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Make 2016 the year to kick-start your business

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Each year Startup Portsmouth organise a community event for people in the City considering starting their own business. At this free summit budding business owners can interact with each other as well as local support providers to share ideas and experiences and support one another as they look o start their own company.

On Saturday 6th February, you can drop in to Richmond Building (on Portland Street), at anytime between 12:00 and 2:30pm on the day and talk to our market stall holders or take part in any of the free parallel learning sessions being offered throughout the day. On the day, we'll be covering:

  • Marketing
  • Starting a retail business
  • Business Support in the City
  • Pitch your idea
  • Starting a Social Enterprise
  • Digital businesses
  • Round table chats - Experts in business plans, accounting, marketing, social media etc.

If you are thinking about starting a business, or know someone who is, come along and talk to the kind of people who can give you valuable advice, for free, that can make a real difference to your future. Last year we had nearly 120 business owners attend and benefit from accessing the expertise available on the day and we want to beat that number this year.

To see a full list of what will be available on the day, visit the Start Your Business website. To register for the event, please visit the Start Your Business 2016 Eventbrite Page.

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Cruise ship company comes back for more at Portsmouth International Port

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All Leisure Holidays (ALH), the British cruise ship operator, has just signed a three-year agreement with Portsmouth International Port that will extend a relationship that started in 2010 to at least 2018.

The group owns three well-known companies; Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises. During the last five years ships from each company have visited Portsmouth International Port, a decision based on excellent transport connections, location and investment in new facilities.

The new three-year agreement with ALH starts in January 2016 and is a vote of confidence in the high levels of service offered at Portsmouth International Port. The cruise team at Portsmouth is renowned for offering a bespoke and flexible service to a wide range of visiting cruise vessels, with an ever-growing reputation for handling smaller luxury ships.

For the last five years Swan Hellenic’s Minerva has been based at Portsmouth International Port for cruises in Northern Europe, the Baltic and Scandinavia. That relationship will continue for at least another three years, with Minerva starting Portsmouth International Port’s 2016 cruise season on April 15th.

The first cruise of next year from the famous Waterfront City will see passengers taken on a two-week holiday to explore three fascinating French rivers – the Loire, the Seine and the Garonne. Throughout the summer Minerva offers a varied and distinctive series of nine cruises from Portsmouth International Port, including visits to the glorious gardens of Europe, destinations in the Baltic, an Icelandic quest, the Norwegian fjords, the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and a chance to discover the treasures of Portugal and Spain.

With a maximum of 350 passengers, Minerva offers a refined experience for her guests, the cruise ship invoking a feeling of a stylish country house hotel.

Rupert Taylor, Harbour Master at Portsmouth International Port, is responsible for the busy cruise schedule. Reflecting on the new agreement, Rupert said “I’m delighted that ALH has extended its relationship with Portsmouth International Port for another three years. The first agreement started in 2011, the same year we opened our modern cruise terminal and a key reason they chose to base ships with us for the summer season. Since then we have helped ALH send thousands of passengers off on holidays of a lifetime from Portsmouth International Port and look forward to watching that number grow over the coming years.”

Stuart Horne, All Leisure Holidays’ Director of Fleet Operations, said, “Our cruise brands have always had fantastic service from Portsmouth International Port and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship for the foreseeable future. Portsmouth is a fantastic base from which we will be offering 11 cruise departures with Voyager and Minerva during 2016 to some incredible destinations such as Iceland, the White Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia.”

For further information please contact Emma Gaisford/Julie Blackwell on +44 (0)1256 631696 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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