- The Black Country Growth Hub are heading out on tour later this month to bring information, guidance and support to local businesses
- With a focus on independent retailers, the team aim to help business rebuild after the effects of the pandemic
- All carbon emissions generated via the tour will be offset through contributing to the Black Country i-Tree Eco Project.
- Find out more: www.bcgrowthhub.com/on-tour
The Black Country LEP Growth Hub are heading out on tour later this month to provide information, guidance and support to local businesses. The tour will be focused on independent retailers in the local area and helping them to rebuild after the effects of the pandemic.
The Black Country LEP Growth Hub team will be pitching up their purple gazebo in local shopping centres from Monday 22 until Thursday 25 November 2021. The team will be available from 9am until 2pm each day to discuss relevant support opportunities, including finance and grants.
Businesses can pre-book an appointment at the gazebo or an in-store visit from the team via Calendly here: calendly.com/blackcountrygrowthhub
The BC Growth Hub are proud to support the United Nations Race to Net Zero campaign, pledging to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and reach net-zero emissions before 2050. In line with this pledge, all carbon emissions generated by the tour will be offset by planting specific types of trees which are needed in the Black Country, as identified via the Big Black Country i-Tree Eco project.
Rachel Eade MBE, Black Country LEP Board Member said:
"I am delighted to see the Black Country Growth Hub team back out in our business districts and local shopping centres meeting independent retailers in their places of work to provide business support, advice and guidance.
Across the Black Country we are continuing to rebuild the local economy and the Growth Hub are proving essential as a focal point for businesses across all sectors providing timely advice and guidance, supporting business through the ever-changing business landscape to ensure the Black Country economy remains stable and forward focused."
The team will be available at the following locations, daily, from 9am – 2.30pm:
Monday 22 November - Mander Centre, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 23 November - Park Street, Walsall
Wednesday 24 November - Queens Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich
Thursday 25 November - Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen
Colleagues will be keeping covid guidelines in mind and wearing the appropriate PPE to minimise any risks for everyone involved.
Businesses can find out more about a number of opportunities including:
The Experts in Residence Programme:
Experts in Residence is a unique programme of support exclusively for Black Country businesses who are still within their first 3 years of trading. The programme will match a business with a sector specialist at no cost to support immediate growth concerns and challenges. Get 1-2-1 direct support with an expert in marketing, finance, bid writing or retail to support growth ambitions.
Help To Grow - Digital:
Black Country businesses can access free online support on how technology can boost their business performance. The support service will be joined by a voucher scheme, where businesses will be able to apply for a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5000.
Various Finance and Grant Opportunities:
The Black Country Growth Hub is the front door to a wide range of finance options, including grant programmes for retail, capital expenditure and IP audits. The Growth Hub team will work with businesses to gain a thorough understanding of their current financial position and offer free and impartial advice to identify and secure the best option for each individual business.
To find out more about the tour or any of the programmes mentioned above, please contact the BCLEP Growth Hub team at 0333 070 5805 or email email@example.com or visit www.bcgrowthhub.com/on-tour