New Anglia Growth Hub ups its support
Five new business advisers have recently been recruited by New Anglia Growth Hub to cope with the increasing demand from firms using their free business support service.
The Growth Hub, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Suffolk chamber of commerce on behalf of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), was set up in 2014 to provide a single point of contact for business support with free face-to-face advice given by a team of dedicated advisers. Since then, the hub has worked with over 6,000 businesses and provided over 28,000 hours of support.
Nigel Best has been appointed as the new Growth Hub Manager. Nigel brings considerable business expertise to the role, having had a long career in banking and as a business adviser for Business Link.
Nigel said: “Having worked with hundreds of businesses, I appreciate how tough and lonely it can be out there. Sometimes you need some independent guidance. The Growth Hub is a fantastic resource; you get access to the combined knowledge and experience of the team and the service is completely free.”
The Government has stated they are committed to providing local businesses with high quality local business support through the Growth Hub Network, of which the New Anglia Growth Hub covers Suffolk and Norfolk. The Universities Minister and Local Growth Champion Jo Johnson MP, said:
“The UK is home to a record 5.5 million small businesses and they play a crucial role in our communities, creating jobs and contributing to local economies. Growth Hubs are an important tool for identifying regional strengths and providing targeted support to these businesses as part of a bold Industrial Strategy that builds on our strengths.
“As the Local Growth Champion for New Anglia, it’s great to hear the Growth Hub has already helped 6,000 businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. With five new business advisers on board, I encourage local businesses to explore the support available.”
John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “The growth of the team is testament to both the continued success of the hub but also the increasing demands from businesses to speak to an adviser face-to-face. 79% of companies come back for more support, so we’ve decided to expand to meet this ever-increasing demand.”
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