We support a number of partners by providing a point of contact both to our own services and those of others.
And we offer a broad range of services – advice and guidance on finance, help with planning, access to funding, signposting to organisations and individuals, as well as networking and events.
Our lead partners are the growth hub for Greater Birmingham and Solihull, and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Growth hubs are public/private sector partnerships led by their respective Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). They are for business support programmes, access to finance, and a range of business advice.
General Business Support
There is a wide range of business support available to local businesses – both at local, regional and national levels. We update this section regularly to bring you up to date on new support you can access. Find out about the wide range of support available to you below, and if you want us to add or look into anything on your behalf, please contact us.
The Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub Business Support Helpline
Free expert business advice line funded via the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP to play a major role in the drive for strong, sustainable business growth across the LEP area. It acts as the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.
Call: 0300 111 8002
Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub Business Support Helpline
The Growth Hub is the single point of contact for business advice, funding and support for any business across Greater Birmingham. We bring together all services and partners offering business support in our region through a web portal and expert advisers. We will either provide support directly to businesses or refer them to specialist advice through partner organisations.
Call: 0800 032 3488
Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Central Business Portal
Website offering companies and organisations in the GBSLEP area a single resource for sourcing finance. Also provides a single route to a broad variety of business support services provided at the local, regional and national level. Find out more.
New service to help more UK businesses break onto overseas markets, and take advantage of the global appetite for UK goods and services. The platform will give UK businesses secure preferential deals through the Department for International Trade to help them start exporting and provide a brand new searchable export directory to match businesses according to the worldwide demand for different UK goods and services. For further information please follow this link: GREAT.gov.uk
Open to Export
Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations. The website includes a popular Q&A section where business owners can ask questions to the wider community and get the answers they need. http://opentoexport.com/
CHART Project - supporting manufacturing businesses access equipment
The University of Birmingham’s CHART project gives West Midlands SMEs access to world leading equipment and expertise in order to help solve production, development and materials related challenges. It offers employers free advertising for their apprenticeships. www.birmingham.ac.uk/chart
Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that needs support or a business professional who can offer support, we can help you connect with each other. To find a mentor, visit www.mentorsme.co.uk
Online guides for Businesses from HMRC
- Starting Your Own Business
- Tax Advice for the Construction Industry
- Tax and your Agriculture Business
- Trading with other EU Countries (UKTI)