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The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched its new Start-Up Launchpad programme, which offers new business owners 12 hours of business coaching from a trusted advisor, at no cost.

The programme, in partnership with BDO leading business advisers, has been developed to support start-ups on their growth journey.

Typically split into 5 sessions over 4 months, the coaching ensures new business owners don’t have to face the challenges of growing a business alone and allows them to take a step back and spend time thinking about how best to take their business forward.

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Businesses which qualify for this support will work together with a trusted advisor to:

  • Get big-picture goals and priorities
  • Get advice on their growth plan and business model
  • Gain an understanding of their target markets and value proposition (USP)
  • Undertake a full financial review

To qualify for this free support, your business must have been started within the last 18 months, already be securing customers and keen to find more, and be willing to act on advice, be accountable and take measured risks.

Brian Johnson, Chair of the Solent LEP said:

“Starting up a business is never straightforward, but entrepreneurial spirit is a key feature of a successful economy – and we want to help you. We’ve developed Start-Up Launchpad to give ambitious new business owners and entrepreneurs in the Solent the support they need to grow. Whatever industry your new venture is in, we are here to help you succeed.”

Applications for the Start-Up Launchpad programme are now open and more information can be found at

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