Enterprising Gosport

Supporting Gosport’s entrepreneurs and small businesses

Enterprising Gosport is a Gosport Borough Council led informal partnership established in 2014 with Enterprise First and Basepoint Gosport; and supported by local business leaders and professional services firms, the Gosport Discovery Centre, Caroline Dinenage MP and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Its primary focus is to stage events locally each November to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship.  However it also aims to deliver an ongoing programme of local business networking and learning activities across Gosport.

The established events programme during GEW is made up of:

  • How to Make Self Employment Work for You business start-up workshop for those considering starting their own business
  • Meet Your Local Experts seminar and networking event for start-ups and small businesses
  • Gosport Informal Network (GIN) at The Boat House networking club for start-ups and small businesses
  • Gosport Enterprise Fair with keynote speakers, business support exhibition and networking for start-ups and SMEs

For more details of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 programme of activity in Gosport please see the following link:

Award winning entrepreneur and small business engagement

Over 100 business start-ups and small businesses participated in Gosport’s GEW 2016 programme.  This success in engaging with local businesses and highlighting the advice and support available to them to start and grow has been formally recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses.

As a result of leading the local partnership delivering the GEW 2016 programme Gosport Borough Council was the joint winner of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Most Innovative Programme, Campaign or Project for the FSB Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards 2017.  Establishing the Enterprising Gosport partnership and staging the first GEW programme in Gosport also contributed towards Gosport Borough Council winning the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Best All Round Small Business Friendliness award in 2015.

Meet Your Local Experts

Get the 2016 event ‘top dos and don’ts’ on starting and running a business from a local banker, lawyer, accountant, property agent, marketer and sales consultant.

Meet your local experts Gosport GEW 2016

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The 2016 event experts were:

Gosport Enterprise Fair 2016

The inaugural Gosport Enterprise Fair was organised by Caroline Dinenage MP for Gosport with support from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, British Marine, X-Forces and Gosport Borough Council.  Over 100 attendees heard from local entrepreneur and business support organisation keynote speakers.

Gosport Enterprise Fair 2016

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Gosport Informal Network (GIN) @ The Boat House

Many of the GEW 2014 event attendees were keen to continue meeting on a regular basis and as a result Enterprise First established the Gosport Informal Network (GIN) @ The Boat House.  

This is a free networking club for those that are thinking of starting or already run a small business in Gosport and the surrounding area.  It now meets every 8 to 10 weeks on a Thursday morning at the Boat House Cafe in Gosport Marina.  See Gosport Informal Networking (GIN) on Eventbrite for more details.  It is free to attend and all that is asked is that you purchase your own drinks and/or food, as required.

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