A new service has been launched by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and Lincolnshire County Council to support business growth in the Greater Lincolnshire area.
The Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub is a countywide one-stop advice-shop for businesses seeking support, particularly those wishing to increase their competitiveness and grow.
The Growth Hub provides a single access point to a package of information, action plans, advisory support and business development programmes for businesses across the Greater Lincolnshire area, making it easier for them to access the support they need.
To complement the online information portal, the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub has a team of dedicated business growth and skills advisers.
Businesses now have the opportunity to receive a growth action plan and free impartial advice, helping them to formulate and implement their growth plans.
The dedicated team has extensive experience in the industry and businesses will be able to communicate with advisers, build a relationship and be able to successfully work together to help their business to flourish.
The online web portal www.businesslincolnshire.com provides information for all business sectors, providing access to local, regional and national business information.
Visitors can search for advice and grant schemes, support programmes, events and networks, as well as information on accessing finance, supply chain development, the E-learning portal and employing and training staff.
Coun Colin Davie, economic development, said: “One of the main aims of the Growth Hub project is to provide a ‘front door’ for business support.
This will ensure that the project can facilitate a single conversation with the business community, stimulate growth and job creation and improve the local economy.
“By providing free support to local businesses we can achieve this and create a better business community.”
Since the launch of the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub in June, the team of expert advisers has been rallying around Greater Lincolnshire businesses helping them figure out and implement growth plans to expand their business.
Noreen Read, Growth Hub adviser lead, added: “I am extremely excited to be part of such an innovative project. Our team of dedicated local advisers have over 50 years’ experience of helping Lincolnshire businesses expand.
“With our expertise, impartiality and the Growth Hub connections we can help local businesses access the support they need.”
One of the main features is the Advice and Grant Scheme Finder which contains the latest information about sources of support for businesses.
Within this tool visitors to the site can search for information about advice schemes, incentives and subsidies, grants, loans, equity finance and qualifications and training.
Business Lincolnshire also provides a by-weekly roundup of local business news and events has searchable lists of local contacts and networking groups and provides case studies, tips and blogs for inspiration.