30 Organisations Pledge Support to Greater Birmingham Growth Hub

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Greater Birmingham Growth Hub moves closer with 30 organisations pledging support

A host of organisations involved in supporting businesses have pledged their commitment to the creation of the Greater Birmingham Growth Hub.

A total of 30 organisations – including the Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturing Advisory Service, Finance Birmingham and local authorities – have signed the memorandum of understanding.

The organisations are all members of the Business Enterprise Board, set up earlier this year and comprising key public and private sector business support providers active in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

The MoU commits these organisations to sharing best practice and co-ordination as they help to shape the emerging Growth Hub model.The Growth Hub will aim to create a world-class business support experience for companies in the GBSLEP.

It is intended to create a one-stop shop for businesses seeking support, including grants, access to finance and regulatory advice.

It has aspirations to help more than 10,000 businesses each year access information and tools and increase take-up of national support schemes.

Steve Hollis, GBSLEP Deputy Chairman, said: “The Greater Birmingham Growth Hub has been developed by a range of organisations who are active in the GBSLEP and, indeed, in neighbouring LEPs.

“If we are to provide a truly world-class system to help our businesses, we need to ensure we are all working towards the same objectives and eliminate as much duplication as possible.

“The results of the Growth Deal will help to determine how quickly and how ambitious the Growth Hub will be, but we will be launching later this year.”