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News & Case Studies

Read more about the latest news and updates from the GBSLEP, our partners, and the local area.

What do local businesses think about the government's Peer Networks programme?

Wednesday 8th December

Last week, we were delighted to be joined at the Birmingham Grand by some of the business leaders who have completed Peer Networks - a national business growth programme delivered locally by GBSLEP Growth Hub. 350 businesses have completed or are currently participating in the programme, which our evaluation has shown to triple the level of confidence business leaders feel, equipping them to steer their business successfully towards growth.

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Osborn Communications receives support with funding, trademarks and more

Thursday 25th November


Osborn Communications is a PR and Communications Agency launched during COVID that supports businesses who want to reach larger audiences and get their message out.

GBSLEP Growth Hub was able to support this business with funding, mentoring, business planning, and trademark protection.

Hear from Director Chris Leggett on the invaluable support he received.

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New social enterprise in Solihull receives support from the Growth Hub and iSE

Friday 24th September

“I have found the support from iSE and the Growth Hub really motivating, I now understand what I need to do to move forward and make a real difference”

GBSLEP Growth Hub and iSE have worked in partnership to offer free support to an emerging social enterprise in Solihull that provides care for people who care for others.

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Tech company receives help with access to finance and increasing their professional network

Thursday 23rd September

Video case study.

"Working with the Growth Hub has been so useful for both my personal and business branding. They have expanded my professional networks and have helped us to make our value proposition stronger" -  Khadijeh Rahmani, Managing Director of AIO APP

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Healthcare company receives innovation and marketing support from the growth hub

Thursday 2nd September

The GBSLEP Growth Hub helped Recognize, an online pregnancy advisory business, launch new platforms and supported the creation of innovative marketing initiatives.  Nasra Hagi, Founder & CEO: “He introduced me to the right people. I really struggled connecting with the right people prior to meeting Andrew.”

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Peer Networks helps care services provider overcome business challenges

Monday 23rd August

Peer Networks, our peer-to-peer networking programme for business leaders, helped Pleasant Valley Care overcome their business challenges.

Kacey Akpoteni, Director, said: “I wish that Peer Networks would continue forever. I would definitely recommend it to small business owners.”

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Care Services Business receives specialist support from the Growth Hub: Video Case Study

Friday 30th July

Kacey Akpoteni, Director of Pleasant Valley Care, received expert and tailored business advice from our Health & Life Sciences Sector Specialist, Andrew Shortt.

“We definitely recommend the Growth Hub services to any business, particularly small businesses like ourselves. Get in touch today, they’ll speak to you. Andrew listened and tailored the services and pinpointed them right down to exactly what we needed. I hope that we continue our relationship with the Growth Hub because it’s been an absolute lifesaver for a business at this time.”

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Friday 23rd July

Rowan Precision Ltd, a Birmingham-based precision engineering company received support from the GBSLEP Growth Hub to achieve their growth and diversification ambitions. 

Glenn Aston of Rowan Precision stated: “You’ve got business owners and entrepreneurs willing to share their experiences with you and you can log into that. Be prepared to be open-minded and to share your business experiences. It’s not just solving your problems; it’s helping to solve other people’s problems that you may have incurred.”

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Sustainable Design & Manufacturing Company Receives Tailored Business Support

Wednesday 30th June

Foresso, a sustainable design and manufacturing company, has receive tailored business support from the Growth Hub.

Jake Solomon (Managing Director, Foresso) has really benefited from the relationship with his Account Manager – Christine Hancock, Growth & Resilience Specialist. “The GBSLEP Growth Hub does many different things and you’ll find out as you get an account manager and that relationship is the thing that will allow you to look at the landscape of what they can do.”

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How Greater Birmingham SMEs have benefitted from Peer Networks: video case studies

Wednesday 16th June

In December 2020, GBSLEP Growth Hub first began recruitment for the pilot of Peer Networks; the fully funded national growth programme for SMEs with 5+ employees and a turnover of £100,000+. 

Our participants were thrilled with the impacts they saw on their businesses. Here the participants tell us why they recommend the programme to other business leaders.

“Peer Networks helped me take time out from the day-to-day running of our business and focus on my leadership skills and capabilities. My peer group had a good mix of knowledge and experience from a variety of sectors which became a trusted source of advice.”

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Osborn Communications receives support with funding, trademarks and more

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