The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is rolling out several interventions, through its Business Growth Hub, to help SMEs to plan, navigate their way through, and get to grips with the various scenarios and issues surrounding Brexit. As key decisions around Brexit get closer, it is important that businesses in the Humber are prepared for various scenarios.
The Growth Hub Business Advisor team will be offering ‘1-2-1 clinic’ appointments to advise and signpost businesses toward the range of advisory support that is available from government departments and local and national business organisations. A dedicated webpage to link businesses with the variety of advisory sources available can be found on the Growth Hub website at hub.humberlep.org/brexit. In addition, through the Growth Hub’s new #GrowMySME Programme, the team is running a number of business support workshops and masterclasses covering a number of topics, including business planning, risk mitigation, sales & pricing masterclasses and workforce planning.
Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership “with the economic turbulence that Brexit may generate for businesses, it is more important than ever for businesses to ensure that they are at the top of their game in all areas of their business operations and participate in these free workshops and take advantage of the service bring provided by the LEP and its Growth Hub”.
The LEP is also gathering local intelligence and an online survey has been launched, which can be found on the Growth Hub website here: hub.humberlep.org/brexit-survey. Businesses can complete this survey to raise any issues or problems they are currently facing – or anticipate facing – due to the U.K’s exit from the EU. These survey responses are also being shared with the Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in order to inform them of the issues SMEs in the Humber region are coming up against.
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Growth Hubs and the Growth Hub Network
The 38 Local Enterprise Partnership led Growth Hubs across England bring together and simplify access to national and local business support. Supported by Government, Growth Hubs ensure that no matter the size, sector or maturity of a business they provide locally tailored business support and advice to direct businesses to the most appropriate organisations to assist with their specific requests.
Some additional key facts:
- There are 38 Growth Hubs covering the whole of England – one in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area
- At the end of 2018/19 financial year, the Government will have invested £56.4 million in Growth Hubs via Local Enterprise Partnerships. The Government has committed a further £12 million to Growth Hubs for 2019-2020.
The project is receiving up to £6,200,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 to deliver the #GrowMySME Programme. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
For further information please contact:
Humber Business Growth Hub Manager
Tel: 01482 485250