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25/06/2014
Growth Hub launched to support Black Country manufacturing SMEs

Black Country manufacturing SMEs will have a single point of contact for advice and support, alongside bespoke help programmes, thanks to the launch of a new Growth Hub.

The key benefits of the Growth Hub include:

Single point of contact for manufacturing advice and funding support to help manufacturing businesses grow.
Six bespoke programmes are available for Black Country manufacturers providing practical assistance (e.g. export expert) leadership and management support.
Manufacturing business support is available via 01902 321272.

The Growth Hub will assist Black Country businesses to grow and create jobs by providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for manufacturing support and guidance to access a range of Government funded programmes.

An experienced and knowledgeable team of experts will respond to telephone, e-mail and web enquiries; ensuring that businesses receive relevant advice on tailored programmes and funding, designed to help them grow.

There are six bespoke programmes to help Black Country manufacturers find links to new supply chains and export opportunities, adopt the latest processes and management practices, keep up to speed with the latest technologies and access bespoke part-funded business programmes including: resource efficiency, leadership and management, export experts, marketing for manufacturers, pre-investment advice and capital grants.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said, "Small businesses are the foundation of long term economic growth, and Government is committed to providing national and local support that is simple, easy to find and designed around their needs to help them start up and scale up.

"The launch of the Black Country Growth Hub today is a great example of joining up national and local support, giving Black Country businesses one place to go for help in their area and provide support.”

Paul Brown, LEP Board Member for Access to Finance said, "The Black Country Growth Hub brings together all existing business support initiatives, and account managers will offer up to date, relevant support and information to help companies achieve faster growth.”

The Black Country Growth Hub is one of the projects negotiated by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Black Country City Deal signed with Government in February 2014 and supported by the Regional Growth Fund.

The Growth Hub is a partnership between the four Black Country local authorities, the Local Enterprise Partnership, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, the University of Wolverhampton and other key businesses that support agencies across the area.  

For more information, visit www.bcgrowthhub.com 

Pictured above, L-R: Gary Dimmock (Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre Manager), Sarah Middleton (CEO Black Country Consortium), Matthew Hancock (Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise), Paul Linton (Chair Black Country LEP Skills Board), Bhanu Dhir (Head of Policy Black Country Chamber of Commerce).

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