SMALL business success in Staffordshire is being marked by the county council as part of a national event this week.
The county council backs hundreds of small companies through its business support package which includes its enterprise centres for start-up and fledgling businesses and its business loan scheme. It also helps to deliver the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on behalf of the local enterprise partnership which provides a range of services including a business helpline.
Small Business Saturday is promoted by the Government and now in its fifth year. People can find out more at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com
Ten enterprise centres across the county offer start-up units with flexible tenancy agreements – crucial for new businesses. In addition, the centres provide a range of facilities like meeting rooms, networking opportunities and security. Any businesses needing advice on a range of issues should contact the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader said:
“Small businesses play a vital part in our growing economy as well as generating thousands of jobs and improving people’s skills. We will be celebrating our diverse economy in Staffordshire and the entrepreneurial drive here on Small Business Saturday.
‘The county council will continue to support small business wherever we can and we are seeing considerable successes at our enterprise centres and in the growth of our business loan recipients. We believe we are getting the mix between smaller enterprises and bigger business right in Staffordshire which is ultimately leading to a more prosperous county.”
The Staffordshire Business Loan Fund supports growing small and medium-sized businesses that are unable to secure finance from traditional lenders, with loans from £10,000 to £50,000. In Staffordshire over 170 business loans have been administered, creating or protecting over 1,000 jobs since it was set up in 2009. Any Staffordshire businesses looking for access to finance should contact BCRS Business Loans through the fast track online application facility at www.bcrs.org.uk or call 0345 313 8410.