New Initiative to Support Start-Ups and New Businesses in the Solent Area

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People who are thinking of starting their own business in 2012 will be pleased to hear about Solent Business Growth Network (SBGN) - a cluster of independent business owners who have come together to support the development of new and existing small businesses in the Solent Region. In the current economic climate there may be a feeling that the future is uncertain and there are very few opportunities but members of SBGN would disagree.

Thinking of starting your own business in 2012? SBGN is here to help with some ‘hands on’ help and advice and practical ideas to help small businesses and start ups to succeed.
Four small business owners - David Vane (Workzmarter), Simon Whitbread (Allsorts Consulting) , Tim Lyons (Edwards Lyons & Co) and Lou Williams (New Brand Experience) each run their own businesses and have a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts. However, it is the way that they work with their clients that makes them interesting. The real benefits to new business owners is practical, time driven solutions delivered in a creative, enthusiastic and collaborative way.

“There are many free websites and resources where you can get good advice and ideas but it can be a minefield! You sometimes need to know the answer before you know what the question is” said Simon Whitbread of Allsorts Consulting. “This can leave you feeling that you have to do all of this on your own.” SBGN have some ideas about how they can help.

“ I think there will be some exciting opportunities for new businesses in the future but the extra help that we can give to start ups will get them up and running much more effectively” says David Vane, the creator of the SBGN concept. “ We think that small businesses will turn this country around if we can learn to collaborate and support each other. We deliberately chose the name ‘network’ as we see the value of everyone helping each other”

SBGN intends to work with all of the major business organisations and agencies in the Solent region including Business Solent Fast Track, Solent LEP, Federation of Small business (FSB) and local authorities and in particular local employers who will need to make hard decisions about making their staff redundant. “We would like to offer employers, who are making people redundant, our services to help their staff if they wish to consider starting their own business.” said Lou Williams (ex Business Link Advisor) “This could lessen the shock and disappointment if people have help and support and help them to move forward in at a difficult time.”
SBGN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a not for profit organisation - aiming to help local small businesses and start-ups to grow by offering practical advice and support.

If you would like to know more about how SBGN can help people who are thinking about starting their own business or employers who are making their staff redundant then please call Freephone 0800 612 9976 or email enquiry(at)sbgn(dot)co(dot)uk or go to


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