The UK has a network of thirty-nine growth hubs giving 4.8 million businesses across England ready access to the support they need to start up, scale up and create more jobs.
Growth hubs work across the country with local and national, public and private sector partners – such as Chambers of Commerce, FSB, universities, Enterprise Zones and banks, co-ordinating local business support and connecting businesses to the right help for their needs.
Below are details of the growth hubs within the Midlands Engine Investment Fund participating LEPs.
Black Country LEP
The Growth Hub provides a single point of contact for businesses in the Black Country to easily access a wide range of support and expertise.
Whether you are starting a new business, looking for funding or want to achieve increased competitiveness and growth, they can help your business to unleash its potential.
The CWLEP Growth Hub is a single gateway to navigating the best private and public sector business support available.
Whether you want to raise capital, increase your workforce, ramp up production or identify export or supply chain opportunities, you can access tailored, commercially focused and joined-up advice that’s free, impartial and delivered with one goal in mind: growing your bottom line.
The D2N2 Growth Hub aims to power up your business by facilitating the market for business services in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The overarching aim of the D2N2 Growth Hub is to improve the ability of businesses in the D2N2 area to value and engage appropriately with business service providers (be they public or private), and to help business service providers to improve their offer.
The D2N2 Growth Hub has its own website giving accessible advice on areas such as starting and growing a business, accessing finance, training and skills development, and expanding into new and international markets. It also has a helpline where businesses can be directed to help tailored to their needs, as well as social media channels and a regular newsletter.
The aim of the GBSLEP Growth Hub is to provide a holistic approach to business support. Through a single point of contact a business will connect to the information, advice or support it requires.
The Growth Hub brings together all services and partners offering business support in the region through a web portal and expert advisers. They will either provide support directly to businesses or refer them to specialist advice through partner organisations.
BusinessLincolnshire provides local business information to help new start up and existing businesses. It provides information to help with starting and growing businesses, finances, employment and skills information, contact details for local suppliers, support schemes and services, news from around the region, as well as a list of the training, seminars, and networking events available locally. This local information is enhanced through case studies, how to guides, tools and videos taken from the national business link website.
SEMLEP’s Growth Hub is there to help your business unleash its potential by providing a free business support service for ambitious small to medium-sized businesses that want to go further. Velocity provides businesses with a platform for growth, offering workshops, bootcamps, one-to-one business support, help with accessing finance and investment.
Whether you are running a long established organisation or are looking to set up your own business, there are times when you may need some expert business advice and support. The first port of call for local businesses is the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Business Helpline.
If you feel your business could benefit from a more in-depth review, then the Business Helpline will refer you to the team of Growth Hub Business Advisors, who will make an appointment to meet you at your business premises at a time of your convenience.
The Marches Growth Hub offers a single point of access to information and guidance on business support available to enterprises across the region, regardless of sector or size of development.
Developed by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (MLEP), the virtual hub is a business-friendly website, where start-ups, SMEs and large employers can search for products and services and be signposted to advice and support.
Alongside the website, hub sites have opened in Telford, Shrewsbury and Hereford.
Worcestershire Business Central, part of the Government-supported growth hub network, brings all aspects of business support into one place, making it clear and simple for businesses to access and find the help they need.
With access to a helpline, website, and one-to- one sector focused support, Worcestershire Business Central can offer free support and guidance at any stage of your business life-cycle whether it be for start-ups, growing businesses, developing skills, finding property, networking or finance.