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Alton Business Secures £200,000 to Fund Further Growth
12 October 2017

Alton Business Secures £200,000 to Fund Further Growth

The FSE Group, which manages a series of funds to support businesses during different stages of their growth, is now supporting Plantwork Systems with a £100,000 Enterprise M3 Expansion Loan, together with a further £100,000 South East Sustainability Loan (SESLF).

The SESLF provides funding to businesses operating in new and emerging ecologically driven market sectors or those contributing to a reduction in the region’s ecological footprint, either by delivering products or technologies that can help achieve this, or by delivering innovation in other business sectors that result in more resource efficient business practices.

Trading since 2010, Plantwork Systems based in Alton, Hampshire has a current portfolio of five products that are able to work in synergy to cater for the various stages of wastewater treatment.   With the constant regulatory demands for increased water quality, the Company has invested heavily in R&D which has enabled the Company to offer innova

“Yes, Minister!”
22 September 2017

“Yes, Minister!”

“If you want maximum innovation then smooth the way for small and medium businesses.” That was the message Innovation South’s Mel Redding gave to the Industrial Strategy Minister, Lord Prior, as he announced the Government’s publication of the Innovation South Science & Innovation Audit. And how did that message go down? Read on ……..

It’s not every day you get into conversation with a Government Minister. It’s not every day a Government Minister listens to your point and says he agrees!  But both happened to me when I represented the Innovation South Consortium at the recent VentureFest East event. This was the chosen occasion for the Government to publish five regional Science and Innovation Audits, including the much-anticipated one for the South of England region, Innovation South. 

Invited to join a small discussion group with the Industrial Strategy Minister, Lord Prior of Brampton

Science and Innovation Audit confirms UK digital economy is driven by the southern England
21 September 2017

Science and Innovation Audit confirms UK digital economy is driven by the southern England


  • Innovation South shown to be powerhouse of world class research and innovation in digital enabling technologies
  • Outstanding track record for turning research into commercial products
  • Region has the largest share of foreign investment projects in the UK - second only to London
  • Innovation South a significant asset to the UK economy, complementing Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine

A new government sponsored Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) has revealed that the South of England – Innovation South, is the backbone of UK’s digital economy. Stretching from Dorset to Kent and from Berkshire to the Isle of Wight, Innovation South covers eight counties across southern England, with a total economic output of £225.3 billion, accounting for 13.7% of UK’s economic output.

The audit report released by

Digital Productivity in the Workplace Breakfast Briefing
14 September 2017

Digital Productivity in the Workplace Breakfast Briefing

Award-winning specialist cloud solutions consultancy, Cloud Business is hosting a free breakfast seminar to help you experience the benefits of a digital workplace. The seminar takes place at the Harbour Hotel in Guilford on Thursday the 5th of October from 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Sharing their experiences of helping organisations embrace the cloud is a line-up of experts including Robert-Jan Gerrits, Digital Transformation and Unified Communications Strategist at Microsoft, Cloud Business’s Managing Director James Butler and digital transformation experts from DocuSign and Hyperfish.

As employees become more digitally savvy, businesses have a golden opportunity to raise employee collaboration, automate business processes, and drive agility. If you want productive employees who can manage workloads from remote locations and engaged customers who associate your company with speed and satisfaction, this event is a must. 

For more inform

Julia Potts joins Enterprise M3 LEP Board
31 August 2017

Julia Potts joins Enterprise M3 LEP Board

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Potts as a local authority board member.

North Surrey Exporting Summit
30 August 2017

North Surrey Exporting Summit



The Department for International Trade (DIT) South East and the South East International Business Growth (SEIBG) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme invite you to a North Surrey Exporting Summit aimed at helping your business to grow internationally.

This FREE event is designed for SME’s who are not currently trading internationally or who wish to expand their international sales.

The summit will:

Inform you about the significant level of support available from the DIT and SEIBG programme to assist your business to grow international sales, including the possibility to receive bespoke advice and support from an International Trade Advisor and access subsidized trade events.

Raise awareness of the expert advice and resource networking available to small businesses from the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub and other local business organisations.

Business South expands their unique Business Champion Programme
29 August 2017

Business South expands their unique Business Champion Programme

  • Are you looking for new ways to increase business growth through better connections?
  • Do you want to help improve the economy in your region (and in turn the success of your business)?
  • Can you contribute to finding solutions to common regional issues that are restraining growth e.g. talent shortages, housing and transport issues?

The decision of the EU referendum, and the resulting uncertainty, has meant the development of networks and supply chains has become even more crucial for businesses wishing to benefit from emerging opportunities.

Business South is an independent and influential not for profit social enterprise currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of its unique Business Champion Programme that has provided a platform for countless new profitable business connections being made. In fact, market research shows that 85% of its Business Champions are making connections and doing busin

Land secured by Hart for new countryside site
17 August 2017

Land secured by Hart for new countryside site

Hart District Council has begun work on the creation of a new Country Park at Bramshot Farm. 

The purchase of this 33 hectare site and the works needed to create the Country Park has been funded by a loan £5.3 million received by the Council from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) earlier this year. 

Speaking about the project Cllr Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Environmental Promotion at Hart District Council, said “We are extremely grateful to EM3 for the loan which has enabled us to progress the development of a new Country Park. This will provide a fantastic new facility for residents of both Hart and Rushmoor.”

Dr Mike Short, CBE Chairman of Enterprise M3 LEP, said: “We are pleased to be able to support this project, as it will help unlock additional capacity for the delivery of 1,475 new houses. This is in line with our Strategic Economic Plan regarding the challenges of housing supply relative to rising demand in our LEP area.”


Enterprise M3 LEP Chairman Dr Mike Short awarded Honorary Doctor of Technology
11 August 2017

Enterprise M3 LEP Chairman Dr Mike Short awarded Honorary Doctor of Technology

Newly appointed Chairman of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, Dr Mike Short CBE, has been awarded honorary Doctor of Technology by the London Metropolitan University.

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