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Greater Birmingham Growth Hub secures £1m boost

Business support service secures another two years after Department for Business, Innovation & Skills awards new funding

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A business advisory service in Birmingham aimed at helping companies grow has secured a £1 million funding package.

The Greater Birmingham Growth Hub is a free service offering information and support both online and in person through a team of advisers.

The new funding has come from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and will enable the Growth Hub to expand its support programme and provide more specialists in sectors such as manufacturing.

Run by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, the Growth Hub has assisted more than 2,000 companies across the region since launching five months ago.

During the past month alone, it says it has received more than 500 enquiries.

Manager Ian Mclaughlan said: "The number of enquiries we are receiving has really started to gain momentum, so it is great news that the Growth Hub's future has been confirmed for another two years.

"We are planning to use the funding from BIS to develop the amount of support available - enabling our partners to offer greater levels of expert knowledge to local businesses.

"I am also keen to ensure that key industries in Greater Birmingham, such as manufacturing, are provided with more support."

The funding runs for two years and starts from April.



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