Business growth hub’s flying start

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A new team of growth and skills advisers has enjoyed a flying start to its operation, engaging with more than 450 Lincolnshire businesses in its first seven months.

The Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub was launched by Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in April, offering free, impartial advice to businesses and helping them grow.

Since then, it has engaged with more than 450 businesses, and, of those 450-plus, produced a tailored action plan for almost 200 following a full business diagnostic session.

Its three advisers, who bring with them more than 50 years’ experience helping county businesses expand, are now proving so popular they are almost fully booked for the next few weeks. However, appointments are available for 2016 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

In addition, more than 800 people have attended events organised or sponsored by the hub, while about 50,000 users have accessed its website.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council and Greater Lincolnshire LEP board member, said: “I’m delighted so many county businesses are already making use of the new advisers.

“We’ve had people coming forward from across the county looking for support, many of whom are from micro-businesses.

“We’ve helped those working in a wide range of industries and dealt with many different issues, such as securing grants, using digital technology, and finding new premises.

“So why not get in touch and find out how we can help your business flourish.”

You can get in touch with the advisers by visiting the growth hub’s website, www.businesslincolnshire.com, and completing a contact form.

Advisers are available to assist businesses in growth if they employ fewer than 250 people.