Posted on December 4, 2015
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There are more than 10,545 small businesses in the Humber and Small Business Saturday on 5 December is a very important day in their calendar. The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is backing this nationwide campaign as an opportunity to raise awareness of local entrepreneurs and help local businesses build up longer-term trade by attracting new customers.

The Humber LEP supports small and medium sized enterprises throughout the year and this year alone, through its Humber Business Growth Hub has directly engaged with more than 2,000. Growth Hub is a “one-stop-shop”, dedicated team of business support advisors operating across the Humber area, offering a advice and support to all types of small and medium sized enterprises from start ups through to established businesses. Their support ranges from signposting to funding sources, one to one mentoring, sourcing training and apprenticeships to business diagnostics and on-line advice via a web chat line.

Three such small businesses which will be supporting Small Business Saturday which have been helped by Growth Hub at Tea@6 in Ulceby, Hull’s Land Train and Hessle-based retro-sweetshop Shelly’s Delights, and case studies on each of these enterprises follow.

Lord Haskins, Chair Humber LEP said “Small businesses make a major contribution to helping our region to grow. Shopping locally, using local tradesmen, and businesses themselves sourcing their goods and services from local enterprises makes a major impact on an area’s prosperity. Small Business Saturday provides an ideal focus for the importance of small, local entrepreneurs and highlights the benefits that spending locally brings to communities.

“As the LEP, we are the lead agency for the Humber economic strategy and work towards effecting change that can help to break down barriers to business growth, one of which – particularly for small businesses – has traditionally been the maze of organisations to be negotiated when seeking advice and support. Our Business Growth Hub, as a single access point, makes the process much easier.”

See our case studies of small businesses we have supported on our You Tube Channel.

Emma Toulson

Emma is responsible for developing sector plans for the energy, ports and logistics, chemicals and engineering manufacture sectors. Emma's work includes supporting the growth of the offshore wind supply chain and assisting inward investment by creating the right environment through funding, infrastructure planning and marketing. Emma is seconded from global engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cofely (formerly Balfour Beatty).

Emma Toulson