Five free inspiring business events in Portsmouth

Portsmouth and Southsea’s small business scene has boomed over the past decade. With a rise in startup ventures comes increased demand for business support, advice, and networking opportunities, so it’s a good thing enterprises like the University of Portsmouth, Innovation Space, and Entrepreneurs Unite work around the clock to fulfil that demand.

It’s also a good thing that so much of this support is free! Below are five of our top picks for upcoming business events in Portsmouth.

University of Portsmouth’s Big Networking Night

Rachel Lowe of Destination board game series

Tuesday 15th November, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Portsmouth Business School

The University of Portsmouth merge their range of popular networking events together at The Big Networking Night at Portsmouth Business School on Tuesday 15th November!

If you already run your own business or are thinking about starting one, come along for your chance to make new contacts, expand opportunities, and receive support and advice.

The event is also an ideal opportunity for finding out how the University of Portsmouth could support you on your business journey.

The university’s inspiring speaker for the evening will be award-winning entrepreneur Rachel Lowe MBE, creator of the Destination board game series.

The evening’s programme runs as follows:

  • 6:15pm: doors open
  • 6:30pm: welcome and introduction, followed by speech and Q&A by Rachel Lowe
  • 7:15pm: networking reception
  • 8:00pm: event close

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Startup Heroes: Owain & Tom of Lick Frozen Yoghurt

Founders of froyo startup Lick

Thursday 17th November, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Lakeside 1000

Frozen yogurt wholesaler Lick, a startup success story sparked on Southsea seafront, returns to Portsmouth for a Startup Heroes seminar at Lakeside 1000 on Thursday 17th November.

Lick’s founders developed the only 100%-yogurt froyo tubs in the world and sold it first from a trike on Southsea seafront before opening their own store, which became a much-loved Brighton destination.

Lick now work from their ‘Warehouse’ space, where they host live music sessions on their stage, talks in their school area, workshops, and events, and invite people in to use their new stop-motion animation studio.

Lick do everything in-house, including marketing, copywriting, advertising, PR, sales, social media, and all the boring stuff.

Come along to local startup collective Entrepreneurs Unite’s latest Startup Heroes seminar and networking evening at Lakeside 1000 on Thursday 17th November to meet the folks behind Lick, hear their story, and pose them questions.

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The power of digital marketing

Jimmy Robertson and Chloe Willcox

Wednesday 23rd November, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Innovation Space

Whether you’re web-savvy or not at all, this free event is a brilliant opportunity for you to take time out to re-evaluate how digital marketing will help you drive your business forward.

Jimmy and Chloe will discuss how to develop a website that gets the results you’re looking for, and how to get enquiries from customers using digital media.

They’ll help you adapt what you hear to suit your individual circumstances, and you’re likely to learn as much from your peers as you do from the speakers.

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An introduction to bookkeeping

Lee Scott of Addo Accounting

Wednesday 30th November, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Innovation Space

Manager of local accountancy Addo Accounting and lecturer at Portsmouth Business School Lee Scott hosts an introductory talk on bookkeeping.

He’ll cover what you need to know when it comes to your accounts, what the ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s of bookkeeping are, and how a basic understanding of accounting can help your business grow.

Lee has had many years of experience in accounting, having previously worked for many large and small businesses — including many household firms — in all aspects of accounting.

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Laura Keward of OfficeAsset

Wednesday 7th December, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Innovation Space

Laura Keward from virtual assistance and business support provider OfficeAsset leads a free talk on productivity. The aim of the session is to help businesspeople understand how to manage their time better and get back on track by busting their procrastination blues.

During the free event, Laura will cover five key topics:

  • Using apps and technology
  • Outsourcing
  • Importance of using your strengths, and how to build on your weaknesses
  • Building your resource network
  • Finding out what works for you

At OfficeAsset, Laura and her team work with clients to streamline and outsource business processes to free up those precious hours which are consumed by the minutiae of ‘back-office admin’.

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