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Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive Knowsley Chamber / Head of the Growth Hub in Knowsley
In our recent economic growth survey 75% of our businesses told us that they expect to expand in the next 2-3 years. With the business base growing annually for 9 consecutive years, there’s a good deal of positivity and confidence around.
What are the benefits of using the Knowsley Growth Hub to access support?
Well, we have a team of experienced and dedicated professionals from the Chamber and Council who will provide tailored support and solutions. But don’t just take our word for it…..
- 93% of the companies surveyed this year said that the advice they received was useful
- 84% of businesses sought information or advice in the last 12 months
- 92% were able to find advice when they needed it.
So what does the Growth Hub do?
If you are an SME (2-249) you may be eligible for the Business Growth Programme. This programme is funded through ERDF and provides a range of FREE business support to help you grow your business. Specialist support is available in a number of areas including:
- Marketing and sales
- Quality systems
- Health and safety
The Growth Hub runs various private sector led clubs and networks in key business sectors and other areas of special interest to businesses, these include:
- The Environment Network
- Women in Business Network
- Visitor Economy Network
- Business Watch
- The HR and Health and Wellbeing network
- Flash Networking
- The Manufacturing Network
We can provide accurate and up to date data and business intelligence. We have a real time Knowsley Business Directory, helping you to connect with the local businesses.
Access to Finance/Grants
Our experts can guide you through the many financial assistance schemes available. The Knowsley Business Grant can help established businesses expand via improvements to their business premises or investment in machinery. We can also advise you about other funds which may be better suited to your growing business.
Property Finding Service
The Growth Hub provides a free Property Finding Service - we can help you locate suitable premises, whether you are looking to start up, expand your existing business, or relocate to the area. We can also help steer you through the complex issues that often need to be resolved, including planning, legal, utilities, compliance, and many other activities that are regulated by the local authority.
Tender Alert Service
Our tender alert service to businesses in Knowsley highlighting opportunities that may be of interest to you. We also invite Knowsley businesses to ‘Meet the Buyer’ events which help to increase business to business opportunities and improve the local supply chain.
Whether it’s training, recruitment or HR issues, we have direct access to Job Centre Plus and other partners. The Growth Hub works with the Apprenticeship Team and Knowsley Works who will advise and support to you for your recruitment needs. They will help make sure you get the right staff for the right jobs, making the process of filling your vacancies easier.