A new council-backed business support service is being launched throughout South Kesteven to encourage more entrepreneurial spirit.
Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce will deliver the ‘Business Support Project’, with support from South Kesteven District Council. The project offers 12 months of support to start-ups and micro businesses.
The Chamber will provide guidance meetings with an advisor and a free telephone number for one-to-one support.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy Councillor Frances Cartwright said: “We have listened to small business owners and reorganised their need for support. We are delighted that with the help of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce we can offer this alongside our other initiatives.”
The Chamber will also be taking business support to the streets by attending markets, job centres and established business networking groups.
Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the organisation, said: “We feel privileged to work with the team at South Kesteven and offer an improved package of support for businesses.”
He continued: “According to our most recent business analysis, the quarterly economic survey, business optimism is at its highest since 2007. The English business survey has announced that output for this quarter is up 32 per cent, the highest since 2011, and that the East Midlands is posting the strongest performance of all regions the UK.
“All this points towards recovery and growth for the district and Lincolnshire as a whole, but with growth, there is an ongoing need for business support. This is what the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce will be delivering with SKDC.”
l To speak to a business advisor freephone 0300 300 0030 or visit www.skdc4business.co.uk for more information.