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Business Growth Programme

October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021

The Business Growth Programme will enhance the resources of the existing Humber Business Growth Hub through the provision of a range of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to grow and become more productive.  It will encourage and support businesses to grow and develop by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client, including a detailed diagnostic and development of an action plan of support required to achieve growth objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts across a range of topics (see below)
  • A Leadership Development programme for senior leaders and managers within SMEs with a potential for growth
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on projects identified through one-to-one advice and support
  • Electronic delivery – development of a suite of webinars, online content, and information available through the Growth Hub Website

The programme will focus on delivering support in the following areas:

  • Business model, culture and structure
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Improving market and customer awareness and understanding
  • Sales process and pitch
  • Pricing
  • Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Resource Efficiency

Finance for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year programme of investment readiness support is focused on enabling SME businesses to access finance.

It provides an intensive Humber-wide programme of support through a network of specialist advisors and associated small grants scheme that will cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of SME beneficiary projects which will enable them to become investment ready.

The programme will:

  • Enable SMEs to take full advantage of the growth opportunities provided by the right package of finance
  • Deliver a comprehensive programme of workshops and masterclasses
  • Provide targeted grants (up to 40% of eligible costs) where part of a specific growth and investment strategy
  • Assist SMEs to understand investor requirements and develop corresponding strategy/business plans
  • Assist SMEs to understand and negotiate the financial support landscape
  • Provide specialist support in relation to company growth plans
  • Support the assembly of tailored packages of finance to aid SME growth and expansion
  • Grow awareness and understanding of the various finance options available including equity finance
  • Signpost to other relevant support, expertise and development opportunities

ICT for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year scheme will provide a programme of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to create and/or adopt new products and processes, improve productivity and business resilience by utilising ICT more effectively to support business growth.

It will encourage and support the uptake of digital technologies, build business confidence in the use of such technologies and extend understanding of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems and deliver increased business competitiveness. This will be achieved by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client and to develop an action plan of support required to achieve the objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on ICT projects identified through one-to-one advice and support from specialist ICT Advisors
  • Broadband vouchers to cover part of the cost of upgrading to faster broadband for new start businesses

News

Growth Hub Expansion to Help Catalyse Covid-19 Recovery

August 18, 2020

 The Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub has been allocated almost £850,000 of new funding to help support the economic recovery of businesses in the Humber.

This funding forms part of the Humber LEP’s updated Coronavirus delivery plan – which sets out how the LEP will prioritise existing resources to work with our partners to help the Humber’s businesses and people through the next phase of the COVID-19 economic impact.

Split across three new support services, the funding will help businesses in the

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Humber Business Growth Hub Supports Thousands of Businesses in the Past Year

July 10, 2020

Almost 3,000 businesses from across the Humber region were supported by the Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub in the last year.

Overall, 2,972 businesses received either light, medium or high intensity support from the Hub from April 2019 – March 2020, which was an increase of 149 businesses from the year before. In addition, businesses that worked with the Growth Hub in 2019-20 were able to go on to secure £7.1M of private sector investment to enable their growth plans.

Throughout the

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Specialist webinars and grants on offer for Humber businesses reopening after Covid

June 10, 2020

The Humber Business Growth Hub is hosting a number of fully-funded, free to access online webinars offering businesses expert advice about reopening after Covid-19 and the steps to take to ensure their staff and customers stay safe.

As part of the #GrowMySME scheme, the webinars will focus on businesses across; factories and warehouses, offices, remote working environments such as construction sites, and retail, leisure and hospitality.

Led by specialists in each area, SMEs will get valuable advice and guidance on what they

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Growing Humber Businesses Urged to Apply for Scale-Up Scheme for Support to Succeed Despite Coronavirus Challenges

April 23, 2020

Humber Businesses who were in a position to ‘scale up’ before the coronavirus hit could become more resilient, access new markets, and set new targets for their businesses with the support of the Scale-Up Business Development Programme.

The first cohort on the Scale-Up programme

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Business Growth Hub’s Scale Up programme has supported several cohorts of Humber businesses who needed support to grow their operations since launching in October 2019.

The Scale-Up Business Development Programme had

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Humber Businesses are in a prime position to lead the digital revolution

March 2, 2020

Humber businesses are being urged to harness the region’s unique digital infrastructure and capabilities to drive a new era of growth and prosperity.

As part of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Humber Growth Hub’s flagship #GrowMySME programmes, Digital Catalyst aims to shine a spotlight on the Humber’s leading digital businesses, to share their best practice and to provide the practical support required to achieve higher levels of growth and profitability through the adoption of more technologies and more advanced technologies.

Speaking about

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Humber Business Growth Hub #GrowMySME programme launches after a series of events across the region

November 19, 2018

 

During week commencing the 5th November the Humber Business Growth Hub successfully delivered a series of launch events for growing SMEs across the region, and businesses were invited  to learn more about how to access more than £6million of business support funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

With events in Hull, Brigg, Grimsby, Driffield and South Cave, SMEs from across the Humber region were able to meet with representatives of the Growth Hub, including its business advisors and partners,

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