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

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus

Tuesday 4th August

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched 

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Cleaning service improves branding using the Growth Hub’s services

Monday 3rd August

Sanitell Cleaning Services have increased their company visibility, improved their branding and have participated in bids training with the assistance of the GBSLEP Growth Hub. Rose-Marie Shields-Radcliffe, Managing Director - “thanks to the company for giving me these opportunities, especially being able to attend the webinars and to have the opportunities to scale up my company”.

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Have your voice heard and help shape business recovery initiatives for the West Midlands region

Friday 31st July

We are calling on business owners and employers to get involved with helping to shape business support initiatives for the region. Please complete this short survey, produced by the West Midlands Growth Hubs, and help to make a difference today. 

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£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Friday 31st July

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has announced.

*** Applications are not yet open so please look out for updates from your local Growth Hub. ***

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Construction Talent Retention Scheme

Tuesday 28th July

The scheme is BEIS funded and was launched on Friday 24 July. It has been set up to support the attraction, development and retention of people and skills in UK construction, manufacturing, engineering and technology.


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The Growth Hub assists an accident repairs company to receive a grant

Friday 24th July

The Growth Hub has helped the team at PJB Accident Repairs to enhance their company image on their new premises, by guiding them to receive a grant. When talking about the team, Assama Mahroof, Administrator, explained, “they are very friendly, they help us in any way possible and do the best they can no matter what. They’ve got different connections to help us and that is really helpful for us.” 

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Birmingham City Council to open second round of Discretionary Grant funding for businesses affected by Coronavirus

Friday 24th July

Funding Round 1 resulted in nearly 2,000 grant applications being processed and £4m of grant support awarded. A further round of the COVID-19 Discretionary Grant scheme will be open to Small and Micro businesses from 3rd to 17th August 2020.

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Applications to Minerva Birmingham’s Pitch Up competition are now open

Wednesday 22nd July

Formerly known as “Pitchfest WM” and now in its 6th year, participating businesses have the chance to pitch head-to-head to a variety of investors in order to win prizes, and the ultimate accolade of Pitch Up Champion. Supplementing the competition, business leaders can also learn more about what it takes to be successful in raising investment, by joining of the popular Pitch Up webinars.

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Asian Business Chamber to bridge gap in coronavirus support

Tuesday 21st July

This campaign - supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub - aims to provide free business advice and guidance to firms which have struggled to access coronavirus-related support due to language and technological barriers.

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Jewellery company receives grant for business growth

Thursday 16th July

The GBSLEP Growth Hub assisted a jewellery company to receive funding to help them grow. Julia Bochenski (Managing Director, Ashes Memorial Jewellery) -  “the real benefit for me as a small business owner is knowing that there are people and organisations like yourselves that do genuinely support small businesses.”       

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