startandgrow portsmouth Success Stories

Liz Linfield has a passion for vintage knitting machines and designing unique clothing. Starting her own business was the opportunity for her to ditch the day job and turn an avocation she enjoyed doing into her occupation.

Brothers Graham and Tony Childs are the mechanics and brains behind the fast-growing GC Bike Repairs, which began life in 2019 operating from Graham’s garage. And, after just a few months they opened their first shop premises in Portsmouth.

Do you have bad habits? Kat Thorne knows all too well the impact of pushing hard to achieve results and not looking after yourself.

Yob & Yag is a distinctive business which holds great personal meaning for Craig Maxwell, who spent many years as a graphic designer working in creative design agencies in London.

Helen Richards worked in challenging environments, having spent her early career in the Royal Navy and then Hampshire Constabulary.

Caron Howe has a passion for baking and knowing customer tastes and trends. Caron’s business story started by making and selling delicious cakes from her tea shop in Chichester.

After 6 years working for a furniture manufacturing company, and a further 6 years for a busy upholstery business, it was during COVID that Lesley decided she wanted to be her own boss.

Guided walking tours needed a shakeup. And it was Jack Wells of Mystery Guides who did exactly that.

With a talent for making pizzas, Greg’s business story started 10 years ago when he began selling his delicious woodfired pizzas from his van.

Having worked in retail for most of her career, Lucy Reynolds made a decision to set up her own wine business in Southsea.

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