A dedicated, bespoke and free programme delivered on the Isle of Wight and created for businesses to improve productivity and support their business resilience and growth.

This programme has been developed by the University of Portsmouth School of Business and the award winning Isle of Wight design studio, Brightbulb Design and is fully funded by the Isle of Wight Council, HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

A dedicated, bespoke and free programme specifically created for businesses to improve productivity and support their business resilience and growth .

The programme is designed to act as a 12 hours introduction and feeder to the national Help to Grow programme that offers key SMEs an opportunity to take a business-wide review of their operations and develop an action plan for growth.

Although a number of businesses have already enrolled with the national Help to Grow programme (including businesses like Brightbulb Design, Inspiration Fabrication and Seacat Services amongst others), we recognise that this 90% funded course requires significant (50 hours) time commitment (particularly for micro businesses) and some travel to Portsmouth University. These factors have proved an impediment to some businesses enrolling in Help to Grow, and so the not all businesses have been able to fully benefit from wide participation in this national flagship productivity programme.

General Business Advice

Marketing Capability

Managing People

Tourism and destination Management

Business Boost will help you for free and give you:

  • A high intensity lecture/workshop programme following a key topic/subject theme.

  • Peer workshops to discuss aspects of the content relevant to the peer group and see how your business peers are seeking to action insights from the course

  • Business mentoring to make the content precisely relevant to your individual business context and to work on specific business issues you have, leading to

  • A personal action plan to make immediate positive improvements to your business

The Business Boost will cover 5 subject strands, delivered via 12 cohorts:

Each participant will receive 12 hours of support

How a cohort runs

Workshop 1 (3 hours)

Content delivered by appointed industry practitioner, with support from an academic-lead where required. This ‘in-person’ session will take place at Building 41 on the Rangefinder Campus at Northwood near Cowes.

This workshop will introduce the chosen subject strand. The content and learning materials will be created in advance by subject academic lead.

One-to-one mentoring session (1 hour)

Mentoring delivered by appointed industry practitioner. Mentoring sessions will be delivered online/virtually.

Discuss the topics, how they relate to the business. Cover off any gaps in knowledge/understanding. Identify the support and challenges relating to these concepts in the client’s business – report back on areas that need further attention.

Workshop 2 (3 hours)

Content delivered by appointed industry practitioner. This ‘in-person’ session will take place at Building 41 on the Rangefinder Campus at Northwood near Cowes.

This workshop will continue the themes of the chosen subject strand. The content and learning materials will be created in advance by subject academic lead.

One-to-one mentoring session (1 hour)

Mentoring delivered by appointed industry practitioner. Mentoring sessions will be delivered online/virtually.

Discuss the topics, how they relate to the business. Cover off any gaps in knowledge/understanding. Identify the support and challenges relating to these concepts in the client’s business – report back on areas that need further attention.

Workshop 3 (3 hours)

Content delivered by appointed industry practitioner. This ‘in-person’ session will take place at Building 41 on the Rangefinder Campus at Northwood near Cowes.

This workshop will continue the themes of the chosen subject strand. The content and learning materials will be created in advance by subject academic lead.

One-to-one mentoring session (1 hour)

Mentoring delivered by appointed industry practitioner. Mentoring sessions will be delivered online/virtually.

Discuss the topics, how they relate to the business. Cover off any gaps in knowledge/understanding. Identify the support and challenges relating to these concepts in the client’s business – report back on areas that need further attention.

Peer Finalisation Meeting - 10am - 1pm (3 hours)

This ‘in-person’ session will take place at Building 41 on the Rangefinder Campus at Northwood near Cowes. Session delivered by one of our industry practitioners, supported by member of academic staff.

Participants present action plans to their group. Through Chatham House rules, peer and external feedback will be provided to the business on the changes they have made so far and the changes planned for the future.

Speakers and Mentors

Cohorts and details

General Business Growth Advice - Cohort 07

Dates

Workshop 1 – 10 January 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 11-16 January 2023

Workshop 2 – 17 January 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 18-23 January 2023

Workshop 3 – 24 January 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 25 January-6 February 2023

Action Plan Session – 7 February 2023 (10am-1pm)


 

Expert lead: Professor David Pickernell

This programme is designed to provide all businesses with an initial diagnostic understanding of their strengths and gaps in relation to scaleup or business diversification.

Topics:

● Seeking and getting ready for finance (both traditional bank and also non-traditional venture capital, business angel and crowdfunded)

● Networking for resources

● Building capabilities: Identifying and then seizing opportunities through reorganising resources: Building dynamic capabilities and reviewing and revising capability regarding full exploitation of existing and new potential opportunities.

● Improving marketing capability: Improving brand trust, and enhancing capability around customer acquisition and retention, including via social media

● Building future resilience: Reviewing the Business Model to promote more resilient businesses

Building Marketing Capability - Cohort 08

Dates

Workshop 1 – 10 January 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 11-16 January 2023

Workshop 2 – 17 January 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 18-23 January 2023

Workshop 3 – 24 January 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 25 January-6 February 2023

Action Plan Session – 7 February 2023 (2-5pm)


 

Expert lead: Dr Sarah Turnbull

This aims to provide all businesses with the evaluation skills to look at their marketing capability in a digital environment, determine the value of digital to their business and plan digital marketing capabilities .

Topics:

● Mapping your business environment

● Understanding the customer journey and the consumer journey

● The marketing toolbox: Content marketing, online communities and mobile marketing

● Social media: Understanding the building blocks of social media

● Building a content marketing strategy

Place Branding and Tourism - Cohort 09

Dates

Workshop 1 – 19 January 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 20-25 January 2023

Workshop 2 – 26 January 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 27 January-1 February 2023

Workshop 3 – 2 February 2023 (10am-1pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 3-15 February 2023

Action Plan Session – 16 February 2023 (10am-1pm)


 

Expert lead: Dr Helen Thompson-Whiteside

Places have always had to adapt to change in order to compete for visitors, investment and spend. The recent pandemic has introduced unprecedented changes in how we live and work. Now, with both hybrid and at-home working becoming increasingly commonplace, places are once again having to rethink their sense of purpose.

As much as Covid-19 has been threatening, its impact may also create new opportunities. To enable local authorities and destination management organisations to take advantage of new patterns of living and working, the process of place branding and marketing enables a fresh investigation of how place can be differentiated to appeal to potential visitors and investors.

Although, the scope of any project will differ and the following is by no means exhaustive, the place branding process might include:

● Research with representatives of all stakeholder groups to identify current perceptions of place and agree a shared vision of what is possible;

● Creating a sense of story and a place narrative to share with others to help stakeholders align and bring the brand vision to life;

● Aligning your offer with potential customer groups;

● Agreeing key messaging;

● Living the brand values – supporting stakeholders in bringing the brand to live at every touch point with customers/clients.

Managing People - Cohort 10

Dates

Workshop 1 – 19 January 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 20-25 January 2023

Workshop 2 – 26 January 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 27 January-1 February 2023

Workshop 3 – 2 February 2023 (2-5pm)
1-1 mentoring sessions – 3-15 February 2023

Action Plan Session – 16 February 2023 (2-5pm)


 

Expert lead: Dr Liza Howe-Walsh

This aims to support your business in managing people. The programme will consider how to build a resource plan and recruit the best talent for your business. It will provide advice on how you can create a positive work culture and develop strategies to encourage employee engagement. The programme will outline how to avoid burnout and provide an understanding of the employee experience.

● How to build a resource plan

● How to recruit the best talent for your business

● Establishing a positive work culture

● Strategies to support employee engagement

● How to avoid burnout

● Understanding the employee experience

Register your interest in the business boost today!

Contact us:

023 9284 4488

businesssupport@port.ac.uk

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