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Business Adviser Ian Evley

Business Gateway Growth Hub

What is a Growth Hub?

Quite simply, it’s a free/fully-funded and impartial resource that exists to provide expert support and advice, diagnostic services, networking opportunities and signposting for all businesses, but with a particular focus on those looking to grow and/or increase their productivity.

There are currently 38 Growth Hubs across England (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area) each designed to meet the specific needs of their local economies. Because Growth Hubs are locally owned and led by Local Enterprise Partnerships, businesses can be confident that when they speak to a Growth Hub business adviser, or one of their delivery partners, they are speaking to someone who truly understands the environment in which that business is operating.

By being part of a national network, the Growth Hub is able to draw on expertise, best practice and connections from across the Growth Hub Network, central Government, national and local partners such as
Department for International Trade, Innovate UK and British Business Bank to local support providers, universities and local authorities.

How can the Growth Hub help businesses grow?

Growth Hub Advisers and their delivery partners are experts in assessing and diagnosing business need and have a wealth of knowledge of the funding, local and national support programmes available to businesses. Furthermore, the advice they provide is free/fully funded and impartial so businesses can be confident that they are receiving the most appropriate information in relation to their specific needs and situations.

Why should businesses go to their local Growth Hub over another business support advice service?

Government and non-Government research suggests that businesses can find the business support landscape confusing. With so many options out there, it is often difficult to know what the best route is, or who the best provider is. The Growth Hub can help to simplify the business support landscape, providing free/fully funded and impartial advice to help businesses navigate the business support landscape and find the service that offers the best solution to their specific needs.

What kinds of businesses does the Growth Hub support?

No matter the size, sector or maturity of a business the Growth Hub will be able to provide the support needed or direct the business to an organisation who can provide it. It’s a key benefit of the Growth Hub service – no business will be turned away. Whether it’s sourcing funding, developing employees or breaking into new markets, Growth Hub Advisers are on-hand to engage with businesses and connect them to the most appropriate support.

What services does the Growth Hub offer?

The Business gateway growth hub acts as a signposting service across a wide range of topics including:

Business start-up training and mentoring
Business growth and expansion plans, recruitment and investing
Access to finance, including local and national grants and loans programmes
Premises and search for new commercial property
Recruitment and workforce skills/training
Regulation and compliance

This includes business support that is available from local and national partners, public and private organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Who is involved?

Click here for a list of our current partners.


Become a partner of the Business Gateway

To become a delivery partner of the Business Gateway you will need to be a business support provider; an organisation that offers advice, expertise, coaching or mentoring to help a business start, improve or achieve growth. You must be offering this service via a publicly funded contract so that your support is free or subsidised for clients. Please complete an Information Sharing Agreement and return the form to us by post.


Business Support Directory

The Business Support Directory is a simple search facility that makes it easier for companies in Leicester and Leicestershire to find out what local business support is available to help them.

If you are a private or public sector organisation that provides business support services, e.g. free and paid for advice, consultancy, mentoring, expertise, sector specific support, finance or grant funding you can apply to add your details to the directory.

You must meet the following criteria:
• Be based in Leicester/Leicestershire (unless you are delivering a regional or national support programme)
• Be an accredited business/organisation
• Provide a free consultation to clients
• Have the relevant insurance and indemnity policies in place

Please apply to be part of the Business Support Directory by completing the Support Product Registration Form