Looking for start-up success? Get to know our exhibitors and plan who you'll be speaking to on the day

As well as bringing together the best new innovative talent, Venturefest South has invited established businesses from across the southern region to showcase their services. These are the companies that will help start-ups with anything from legal advice, to finding funding, to kitting out an office space.

Looking for start-up success? Get to know our exhibitors and plan who you’ll be speaking to on the day:

Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms.  In the UK it is led by 185 partners and over 4,500 people under the UK’s first shared enterprise model.  Grant Thornton believes that today’s world is all about connecting across businesses and industries, between public and private and it has a track record of making that happen.  Working with dynamic growing businesses, it provides advice to more than 40,000 organisations across the public and private sector.  As a sponsor of Venturefest South 2017, Grant Thornton is excited to play an integral part in the event and continue its aim of shaping a vibrant economy in the region.

Black Kite Ltd
Black Kite provides tailored services to businesses and universities of all sizes for Bid and Project Management, and Business Development.  Our staff are intimately familiar with the area of innovative R&D, and are accustomed to working at the interface between industry and academia.

Our staff, all experienced technologists, business and project managers, have excellent knowledge of funding bodies and their aims, both for winning grant funds and meeting funding requirements.  Come and talk to us about the specific needs of your company for bid writing, project management, and technology market studies.

ForrestBrown is an award-winning tax consultancy specialising in research and development (R&D) tax credits. Our friendly team of chartered tax advisers use the government’s R&D tax incentives to help innovative businesses grow. We are currently advising 100+ companies a month across all sectors, and last year delivered £50+ million for innovative UK businesses.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Solent Growth Hub
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. The Chamber helps to make businesses become more successful by providing networking opportunities, business support and a great range of products and services.

Sharing the stand with Hampshire Chamber is the Solent Growth Hub.

The Growth Hub helps businesses navigate their way through the complexity of growth initiatives in order for them to reach their growth potential. The service supports businesses based in the Solent LEP area and signposts to relevant support available to them.

Industrial Design Consultancy
IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy) is a world-leading product design and development consultancy dedicated to applying creativity and expertise to ensure your idea becomes a profitable product.

We have led the field for over 40 years with exceptional design, engineering and model making facilities. And today we go beyond this to offer on-site production and links into China through our office in Shanghai.

We are ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certified in the UK and China for both design and model making.

Spectrum Workplace
Smith & Williamson
Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group with a local office on the South Coast, is a corporate partner of the Scale Up Institute with Goldman Sachs, The London Stock Exchange, Google Ventures, Business Growth Fund, Innovate UK and Olswang. Collectively, we are dedicated to helping local businesses achieve their growth aspirations.

Smith & Williamson has developed an exciting calendar of Scale-Up activity which will offer aspirational companies access to a wealth of thought leadership, Scale-Up support and events.

Maucher Jenkins
Maucher Jenkins is a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, base in Farnham, advising clients in Surrey, Hampshire and the South East who wish to identify, establish, protect, exploit and enforce their intellectual property rights in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Our attorneys work with creative people and businesses, not just to protect their ideas but also to help their innovative products become a commercial success. Our clients range from entrepreneurs and early-stage/ start-up companies to established multinationals, covering all technology areas.

We offer a free, confidential, 30 minute meeting to discuss your IP protection needs.

360 Business Law
360 Business Law is a new type of legal services provider run by highly experienced commercial, corporate and employment lawyers and offers SMEs flexible and affordable legal services either on an hourly rate basis or via an innovative subscription pricing model.

This means their legal costs will be fixed at a monthly fee, for the duration of their contract, irrespective of increases in workload.  Additionally, since so many UK firms also trade overseas, 360 Business Law has lawyers all over the world and work carried out by them is also included in subscription pricing.


Knowledge Transfer Network
Trade South East (Department for International Trade)
Would you like to export your products or services, enter new international markets and improve your chances of international success?

Department for International Trade (DIT) South East has over 35 International Trade Advisers who can help you rise to the exciting opportunities and challenges that globalisation offers.

DIT has helped thousands of new and established exporters achieve international success by providing tailored services with specialist support.


  • Proactive guidance and information from an experienced International Trade Adviser
  • Tailored overseas market intelligence
  • Access to major international buyers, partners and distributors
  • Access to international Export Opportunities
  • Support to exhibit overseas

Menzies LLP is a top 20 , seven-office accountancy practice based across the South of England. Our focus is on strategic growth consultancy and talent/leadership management aimed at 8 core sectors including manufacturing and technology.

We are part of an active international network (HLB) based in over 130 countries and work almost exclusively in the SME market. Specialist services include R and D, VAT, Share incentives/employer solutions, Valuations and full service corporate finance.

Brighter Thinking is how we sum up the difference we make to our clients.

Innovation Network
The Innovation Network (IN) is Solent LEP’s gateway for SMEs to access and collaborate with the Higher and Further Education knowledge base and key specialist centres (KB).  Up to 500 SMEs with innovation potential will engage and benefit.
IN will provide events, seminars and Innovative Brokers to assist firms to access and collaborate with the KB. An online portal to help them understand the range of staff, facilities, support available and disseminate voucher/project requests to the KB.
Using flexible forms of finance, the project will support SMEs to accelerate and increase the volume of the creation and development of new innovative products and services.

Irwin Mitchell
Venturefest South will create a thriving eco-system, harnessing the innovation and creativity that’s alive in the region. Bringing together leading academic centres of excellence, entrepreneurs, investors and facilitators of growth, Irwin Mitchell is proud to be part of the growing drive to showcase innovation in the South and share ideas and success through collaboration.

At Irwin Mitchell we act for innovative businesses across the spectrum of the business lifecycle from those just starting out, through to mature profit making businesses looking to harness creative talent in a collaborative way. Dealing with the challenges and opportunities that our clients face on a daily basis affords us valuable insight into what’s driving the region, experience that enables us to add value to the multitude of players in the market.

Irwin Mitchell is committed to showcasing the South as a regional powerhouse for innovation whilst offering support to the businesses, large and small, that are positively affecting change. We are proud to sponsor Venturefest South.