Today (Monday) marks the start of Growth Hub Week, a week which celebrates the completion of the national growth hub network.
The Northamptonshire Growth Hub, a success story in its own right and an early member of the network, has already helped a huge number of businesses across the country.
On this, the first day of Growth Hub Week, the Northamptonshire Growth Hub has announced that in the first quarter of 2016, it received the highest number of business enquiries since its inception in November 2013. A third of these beneficiaries of Growth Hub support returned for additional help after having been in touch previously for professional guidance.
With 237 new businesses seeking the support of the Northamptonshire Growth Hub between January-March this year, it is clear that the organisation’s penetration across Northamptonshire is on the increase.
Business Minister, Anna Soubry, said: “Small businesses are the beating heart of our economy;
Growth Hubs have already helped thousands of these businesses and, with the full network up and running, every registered business in England can access the expertise they need to succeed. The Northamptonshire Growth Hub will help entrepreneurs boost their business and create more jobs for people in the county.”
Fast growing businesses seek local support
Natasha Tyrrell, CEO of Northamptonshire based Genii Group, said: “The Northamptonshire Growth Hub helped us establish the Genii Group of businesses every step of the way. Despite Genii colleagues having a wealth of business experience across many industries, the hub proved invaluable when acting as a ‘sound board’ for ideas, therefore helping us to develop and improve them.
“The Growth Hub also helped us review our marketing and growth plan and gave us advice regarding access to funding to recruit new employees. It also acted as an external ‘gatekeeper,’ ensuring that we met our business milestones.
“The Northamptonshire Growth Hub is a highly effective way for SMEs to gain support and achieve business success.”
Maria Krupasova, owner of Maria’s Coffee and Cake in Northampton, said: “The Growth Hub's help and support is invaluable. Their expert advice and recommendations make the whole process of setting up and growing a new business less daunting
“It really helps to have that reassurance and independent advice on demand whenever you need it. All of the Growth Hub’s advisers are reliable, passionate, understanding and very professional.”
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