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:
- 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 (that also meets every 2 months throughout the year)
- Gosport Enterprise Fair with keynote speakers, business support exhibition and networking for start-ups and SMEs
For a review of previous Meet Your Local Expert and Gosport Enterprise Fair events please see the graphic recordings below.
For more details of the GEW 2018 programme in Gosport including the Gosport Enterprise Fair 2018 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
Local professional services firm representatives, many of whom are small business owners too, share their top “do’s and don’ts” on starting and running a business – highlighting why taking professional advice should be seen as an investment in and not a cost to a business.
Images by Gosport based Imagistic – ideas made visual
Gosport Enterprise Fair
The inaugural Gosport Enterprise Fair in 2016 was hosted 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. Attendees were also able to network with each other and business support organisations that exhibited at the event.
GEF 2017 also attracted over 100 attendees with Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo one of the keynote speakers talking about founding her Lakaz Marman restaurant.
Image by Gosport based Imagistic – ideas made visual
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 and Gosport Borough Council 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 two months 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.