ARE you a business looking to grow, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Tamworth now has a new Growth Hub Advisor who is offering free advice and support to help small and medium sized businesses in the area reach their potential.
Klaudia Haines is available now to meet with businesses, explore their needs and connect them to relevant partners to help them get the support they need to succeed and grow.
As a Growth Hub Advisor, Klaudia has access to a wide range of services, initiatives and organisations that can help businesses tackle a variety of barriers to growth they may be facing.
This could include support with writing business plans for start-up firms, help recruiting staff, exploring funding opportunities and accessing training and workshops in a variety of sectors.
Tamworth Borough Council is working in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growth Hub to deliver the role to support businesses across Southern Staffordshire. Klaudia is based out of Tamworth Enterprise Centre, covering Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock and East Staffordshire.
Funding for the role is currently available until September 2019 and Klaudia is hoping to meet and assist as many businesses as possible between now and then.
Klaudia said: “As a small or medium sized business it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn next, or what help and support is available – and that’s where I come in. I can either visit your business premises, or we can meet at a location to suit, and together we can explore your next steps and the ways you achieve your business objectives.
“These discussions can be incredibly useful for identifying the areas you need help with, or where there is potential for growth and improvement. I can then signpost to useful organisations or initiatives which a business may not even be aware of.
“For example, I have already been telling businesses about the Higher Level Skills Match programme which matches SMEs with work-ready, local graduates who have the skills they need to drive their business forward. Also the many workshops available through the Growth Hub itself and the Enterprise for Success programme, delivered by Blue Orchid, on an array of subjects from social media and marketing to tax and bookkeeping. Just within two years, more than 800 entrepreneurs have been supported by Enterprise for Success within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.
“Whether you’re looking to start a business, or you’ve been going many years, I’d encourage all SMEs in the area to give me a call and arrange an appointment – you’ve got nothing to lose!”
Emma Stokes, owner of Love EMVY, has already taken advantage of the new service. She said: “The Growth Hub Advisor role is invaluable to local businesses. Klaudia arranged a meeting with me and has been so thorough in identifying specific requirements for my business to grow. She has been able to signpost me to relevant support, training courses and other bodies that can assist me.
“It’s just fantastic that there is such great support for businesses within Tamworth and I have found Klaudia very approachable, efficient and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend Klaudia to any business looking to start or expand. I’ve been on several courses so far and written a business plan with the help of Tamworth Enterprise Centre. Thanks so much for all the support I have received so far!”
Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage & Growth, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver this really vital business support role. Often in business it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees where your own company is concerned and having someone impartial come in and look at it with you can be incredibly valuable for kick-starting your growth ambitions. You might also learn about funding and initiatives that could prove pivotal to your success.
“As a council, we are always looking for ways to support our community of small businesses as they are vital to the local economy and I would encourage all SMEs to take advantage of this amazing free service while it’s available.”
To arrange an appointment, email Klaudia Haines at Klaudia-Haines@tamworth.gov.uk, or call 07528 630002.
The GBSLEP Growth Hub acts as a single point of contact for business advice, funding and support for any business across Greater Birmingham, either providing support directly, or referring to specialist advice through partner organisations.
Tamworth Borough Council also offers a wide range of local support to businesses. For more information, please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/business.