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News & Case Studies

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

Supporting small businesses to develop and grow with easy access to digital expertise and skills

Tuesday 28th June

Tom Haworth, Founder of B13 Technology, has a clear goal to grow and scale his business whilst supporting other SMEs to grow theirs too, through access to the right digital skills at a cost they can afford. Similarly, the GBSLEP Growth Hub supports SMEs to grow, including B13 Technology, by providing funded business services. With both organisations helping the small business owner, we wanted to find out more from Tom as to "why?" he set up a business to do this. Here's what he had to say.



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Why do people start up a social enterprise or a community interest company (CIC)

Wednesday 8th June

Everyone’s story and motivation behind “why” they started up a social enterprise or CIC is unique. Often personal experience is a leading cause for an individual or group of people to start up a new enterprise.  Here is Daniel's "why".

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Kickstart scheme supports The Book Shelf to bring nonfiction to life

Thursday 7th April

Alicja Sowinska had been unable to secure a role due to lack of experience. She secured a Kickstart placement at The Book Shelf and has turned her placement into a fixed term contract. Alicja and Ameesha share how they found the process of the Kickstart scheme and that interviews aren’t always what you practice.

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GBSLEP Growth Hub Supports Your Local Mailing Services

Thursday 31st March

The GBSLEP Growth Hub* has supported Central Mailing Services to successfully deliver projects to support its growth and to gain a competitive edge. By using our business support services, including access to finance and referrals to various industry experts, the business is going from strength to strength.

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Helping Pet Weighter to Protect its IP Assets

Monday 21st March

Rob Peacock, the Founder and Managing Director of Pet Weighter, is passionate about his product and growing his business by entering new markets.  He shares his experience of working with the GBSLEP Growth Hub here and encourages other business owners to access the free support available. Pet Weighter has already benefited from the free intellectual property review and cyber security review, which are currently available to SMEs via the Growth Hub. Both are enabling him to reach new markets and to grow his business.


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Growth Hub supports tech company secure opportunities

Monday 28th February

The GBSLEP Growth Hub has supported the founders of Voilo Limited, the creators of the Voilo app, with mentoring, business advice, exposure to industry experts and more.


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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

VIDEO CASE STUDY:

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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