Portsmouth to host biggest angling event in the history of the UK

Portsmouth will become the ‘angling centre of the UK’ as it hosts an international sea fishing contest attracting hundreds of anglers to the Solent in 2022. The city has been announced as the official home of the Sea Angling Classic – and it is hoped that hundreds of people will be drawn to Portsmouth for the […]

Small firms call for better access to support and advice

  The Government’s flagship levelling-up agenda will fall short of improving regional economies unless more is done to bolster business support for smaller firms, according to a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Small businesses are more geographically spread than big companies, and in every single local community.  This means they are […]

Be a neighbourhood champion and raise funds for your community

  Do you want to help make Portsmouth a great place to live, work and play? People with an idea to improve their local community can raise money to make changes with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The council is looking for ‘neighbourhood champions’ – people and community groups who can see ways to […]

Increasing the jobs tax would stop our recovery before it’s started, say small firms

Amid speculation that the Government is planning to increase employer national insurance contributions (NICs), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight Nicola Bailey said: “After the huge amount of damage wrought to businesses over the last 16 months, the Government cannot be serious about a strong economic […]

Emergency funding to support arts and cultural organisations

Arts and cultural organisations in Portsmouth can now apply for emergency funding from the government if they are at imminent risk of failure but were financially sustainable before the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible organisations can seek permission to apply for this fund and, if successful, can apply for grants of between £25,000 and £3m. Applicants must […]

Abri’s Create boosts self-employment skills in free training course

Shaping Portsmouth and Abri are working closely with the wider team within our Skills & Employability Programme to work through a 5 year skills strategy for the city. The objective is to have a highly skilled and motivated work force which will be utilised by our local businesses and to help as many people as […]

Digital Enablement programme wins Teach Portsmouth Partnership Award

On Thursday 5th July our Bridging Portsmouth’s Digital Divide programme, which is led for Shaping by Hasmukh “Husky” Patel and delivered alongside Portsmouth City Council, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, and The Hive, won the Partnership Award at the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2021. The award recognises two or more organisations who have worked together on […]