September 27, 2021

Expansion of Portsmouth business support network is supported by University of Portsmouth student placement

AN online business support network is scaling up and recruiting staff to satisfy business demand.

International business undergraduate, Joseph Watts just joined Portsmouth-based company Little Kanga Ltd as a sales and marketing executive on August 1, to help expand its Startup Disruptors brand offering to help SMEs across the Solent region grow and scale up.

Joseph will support members of the group, to help them get the most out of their memberships and help them build their businesses.

The firm’s founder, Becky Lodge said she is pleased to be supporting local talent and is excited to see where the role takes Joseph.

She said: ‘It will bring a new approach to our business, Joseph is a ‘digital native’ brought up around technology, so it will be interesting to see his ideas and approaches as we expand the offering to our community and bring new sponsors on-board too.

‘It’s a great opportunity for us to not only support students by giving them the valuable experience that they need for jobs they apply for, but to support start-up and small businesses in Portsmouth who will benefit from increased personal support on their business journey with us.’

Joseph is also looking forward to getting stuck in at the company and said: ‘This placement is a great opportunity for me to apply some of the knowledge that I have been acquiring throughout my degree. StartUp Disruptors is an exciting new concept for business support, and I am looking forward to learning more in practical terms in the coming months with the company.

‘This is a mission I am proud to be a part of, and I am excited to be a part of such an inspiring movement.’

The placement, which will last a year and will take Joseph up to the third and final year of his course, was part-funded by Santander’s University Scheme and was made possible by the team at the Portsmouth Business School at the University of Portsmouth.

Becky said: ‘The business school has been so helpful and has made this placement possible. I can’t thank director of business development, Peter Hooley and Kevin Stroud from the placements team enough.’

She is hoping to inspire other female business owners to think big and take opportunities that will allow their business to grow.

She said: ‘Being a woman-led business in Portsmouth that is hiring people is rare, but I want other women to know that anything is possible if you are driven and focussed to achieve your goals. You need the right community around you – it’s a team game.’