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Big Boost to business support for Leicestershire

Business owners across Leicester and Leicestershire, looking to expand and grow their enterprises, now have access to an enhanced service through the Business Gateway Growth Hub, including the addition of a £1.4 million pot of grant funding.

The Business Gateway Growth Hub service is backed by a newly designed website –www.bizgateway.org.uk – providing a straight-forward and comprehensive menu of the support and finance opportunities on offer to business owners across the city and county.

The Business Gateway has provided intensive support to over 1,000 Leicester and Leicestershire enterprises since 2014 and will continue to provide a variety of core services including tailored, one-to-one advice, a programme of presentations and workshops, finance opportunities and support programmes.

£3.9 million has been secured from European Regional Development Fund to deliver an enhanced service for local companies.

This broader service means there will be a larger team of advisers offering free, impartial and commercial-focused business advice and information. A new Business Growth Grant is available to established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) trading business-to-business and looking to create jobs or develop new products/services.  With support from a Growth Hub adviser, SMEs can apply for the capital grant, which ranges from £2,000 to £25,000, making up 35% of the total project cost.

The Growth Hub will also continue to offer a free programme of events to help businesses develop skills and knowledge on all aspects of running a successful business.

Jenny Cross, FSB Area Leader sits on the new Business Gateway Board on behalf of the FSB and the small business community of Leicestershire.  She said “I’m pleased to see the Business Gateway receive this boost which will no doubt help small businesses in Leicestershire access business support and grow their business.”

Helen Miller, Growth Hub Manager, said: “Our aim is to make business support and advice as accessible as possible and build support networks for businesses to benefit from peer-to-peer interaction.  Often a bit of external help can make a big difference to how quickly a business owner achieves their goals and aspirations.

“We want to support our local businesses to thrive and prosper, creating a strong business economy for Leicester and Leicestershire.”

Businesses can speak to a friendly and knowledgeable Front-Line Business Adviser by calling 0116 366 8487 or browsing this website and completing an enquiry form.

The FSB have teamed up with the Business Gateway to offer a ‘Spotlight on Business Support’ event on January 15th, which will provide information on local support available and how the new Business Gateway offering can help your business- go to https://www.fsb.org.uk/regions/east-midlands/events to book your free place.

As part of their commitment to supporting SMEs, The Gateway have also kindly sponsored the FSB Awards High Growth Business of the Year category. Apply online today to have your business recognised across the East Midlands and even the UK. https://www.fsbawards.co.uk/finals/east-midlands.html