New growth help for East Anglia
Free face to face business support, an online information portal and telephone helpline will be available across the region following this week’s launch of the New Anglia Growth Hub.
The hub will act as a central point for companies and individuals and includes a network of nine mobile business growth advisers providing assistance and more detailed signposting to specialist innovation support if needed.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership secured funding for the hub as part of the Ipswich and Norwich City deals that will drive growth and investment across Suffolk and Norfolk.
It will be run for the LEP by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and will support 3,000 businesses between May 2014 and June 2015.
Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is a major new initiative that puts business growth advisers on the ground across New Anglia to target expert help and support to start-up businesses as well as established enterprises.
“With the recovery gathering pace, this gives another welcome boost to growth, job opportunities and to local companies competing and winning in the marketplace. Help, support and advice is just a call or click away.”
John Dugmore, CEO of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce added: “Despite recent economic challenges the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of firms in Suffolk and Norfolk has meant our local economy has continued to thrive.
“The Growth Hub will play a fundamental role in the future success of businesses and will ensure the mechanisms are in place for financial advice and business support delivered by experts.”
The Growth Hub portal, providing national and local business support can be found at www.newangliagrowthhub.co.uk
The funding is part of a total £3.9 million pot from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund which also backs an innovation voucher scheme to provide specialist support, consultancy and mentoring from higher education centres including the University of East Anglia, University Campus Suffolk and Norwich University of the Arts.