7:10am Friday 22nd June 2012
FREE expert support and advice to help Black Country businesses grow is available, with the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) urging firms in the region to make the most of the new business support initiative being offered by Marketing Birmingham.
Businesses that apply can benefit from a tailored support package that will include practical business advice, a series of workshops covering topics such as sales and marketing and accessing new markets.
The scheme also offers opportunities to attend trade shows and exhibitions, where firms can meet new suppliers and customers to help grow their business network.
Vicki Wilkes, private sector lead on business support for the LEP, said: “We would urge Black Country businesses to get involved with this scheme. It offers an opportunity to receive free expert support to help people take their business to the next level.”
Councillor Darren Cooper, leader of Sandwell Council and LEP board member, said: “One of the key aims of the LEP is to remove barriers to growth.
“Access to business support, such as the help on offer through this scheme, will help local businesses grow their operations, so we would encourage as many as possible to find out more and sign up to the programme.”
Small to medium-sized businesses operating in Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull can apply to be part of the scheme, which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Investing in the City Region project.
Due to ERDF regulations the scheme is not available to organisations in the retail or construction sectors.
For more information people should visit businesssupport.marketingbirmingham.com/
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