In Business growth and finance

The Business Growth Service is a government-backed service offering support to businesses to help unlock their growth potential. Cameron Ross, Team Leader for the Northern Region at The Business Growth Service, has been involved in the development of the North East LEP’s new online business support platform – the North East Growth Hub.

“As part of the national Business Growth Service we need to ensure that we are working effectively with our regional Growth Hub to provide a co-ordinated service that can respond quickly to the needs of businesses in the North East.

“We have been involved in initial discussions regarding the structure and content of the North East Growth Hub and continue to have conversations with the North East LEP on current and future services we may be able to offer in support of the Growth Hub,” explained Cameron.

“The Growth Hub will be a key reference point for businesses, helping to identify the support available for all types and sizes of business. It will be able to provide current information and signpost to events, funding and individual projects.”

An early version of the North East Growth Hub is now live at www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk and is currently being tested by businesses across the region.

When complete, the North East Growth Hub will feature the largest listing of business events happening in the North East plus relevant content for business start-ups, private sector business intermediaries and those working to provide SMEs with business support and advice.

Cameron Ross said: “The Growth Hub will be a great place for businesses to make their enquiries regarding current business support provision in the region as they will be linked in with all the organisations offering support of all types to North East businesses.

“The information that the North East Growth Hub holds is current, so there is less chance of businesses going down blind alleys and getting frustrated.

“The Growth Hub will also be able to let businesses know when new support programmes are launched, so it’s important that North East businesses engage with the Growth Hub as soon as they can.”

“The Growth Hub will be easy to access and quick to respond, and both elements are important to businesses operating in a competitive market place who need help and information quickly.”

North East businesses can sign up now to use the North East Growth Hub at www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/register-your-interest. People are being asked to provide feedback on this early version of the Growth Hub so that it can be shaped according to the needs of the region’s business community.

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