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16 February 2016

Wessex Business Bytesize issue 181

New training courses help local small firms in Portsmouth

Local small businesses and voluntary groups are being offered training courses designed just for them. The sessions, which focus on essential workplace skills, are run by Portsmouth City Council, and are based on its own successful staff training courses. Prices and subjects are designed to suit local small firms and other organisations, with courses costing £90 per delegate for a half-day and £180 for a full day. Topics include coaching, conflict handling, mentoring, insurance, project management, leadership, first aid, computer skills and English for speakers of other languages. For more information on courses, search "training courses" at or email.

Basingstoke Business Club at BCOT - Every Friday in February

Members and visitors are welcome to attend this breakfast group. Topics in February include "Networking is more than coffee and a chat". Basingstoke College of Technology from 7.30am to 9am. Further information can be found on their website.

Legal issues for small and starter businesses - Wednesday 17 February

A Free talk from Mark O'Halloran of CoffinMew Solicitors concerning legal issues that could affect small businesses, buffet lunch and networking. At Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Aldershot, from 12 noon to 2pm. There will be a chance afterwards to speak one to one with business mentors and enjoy a buffet lunch. To avoid disappointment book your free place now.

Hampshire Enterprise Circle Invitation: Cyber Security Survival - Thursday 18 February 

Enjoy a tour of Amicus ITS' IT operations (Totton) and hear keynote talks from two of the country's leading data security specialists. Registration in advance is required for this free event (11:30am to 2pm). To book a place and/or for further details contact Michelle McClean on 01962 845745 or email.

Winchester Business School, From CSR to Responsible Business, David McCullough - Wednesday 24 February

A talk by David McCullough, CEO of The Royal Voluntary Service, previously of Next and Miss Selfridge, hosted by the Hoare Centre for Responsible Management. At West Downs Campus, University of Winchester, at 6pm. Follow the link for more information and to book.

Basingstoke Business Expo - Thursday 21 April 

This free business exhibition is the ultimate event for all businesses that are looking to grow and prosper. Excellent networking opportunities and key note speakers. At the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke, between 10am and 3pm. Further details on how to register or book a stand are on the website.

UK Games Fund Launched 

The Government has launched a new £4m Video Games Prototype Fund to help boost the UK's growing video games industry. For 4 years, the Video Games Prototype Fund will offer grants of up to £25,000 to support video games projects. Open for applications from 29 January 2016 until 12 noon on the 18 April 2016. Grants available both to established companies and new business start-ups. For more information visit the UK Games Fund website.

Enterprise M3 LEP launches their Growth Hub to support businesses

Aimed at businesses looking to succeed in the Enterprise M3 area, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub is an expert advice and resource network which helps businesses achieve results quickly through a personal, tailored service focused on growth. Follow the link for more details.

Bournemouth International Growth programme

The newly launched Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership's Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) programme is an ambitious major economic growth plan focused on employment and development around Bournemouth Airport. Almost £40 million secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Dorset Growth Deal is funding a series of transport and infrastructure investments. For more information about the BIG programme visit the Dorset LEP website or email.

Developing Skills - Developing Business Breakfast Events

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils are inviting businesses to attend two business breakfast events on Wednesday 9th March at Highcliffe School (Christchurch, BH23 4QD) and on Thursday 10th March at Queen Elizabeth's School (Wimborne Minster, BH21 4DT), both from 7:45am to 9:30am. The events, aimed at local businesses, intend to provide an insight from successful businesses and how they are using local talent to thrive; Information from partners on the latest in skills development; and to examine how building relationships with local schools can benefit businesses. To find out more and or book for the Highcliffe school event click here and for the QE school click here. If any problems booking online or to for any other information please contact Darren Northeast on 01202 676762.

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