Would-be entrepreneurs heard about the business support available to them in the Black Country at an event held as part of Small Business Saturday 2018.
The event at Whynot Coffee in Bearwood, organised by the Black Country Growth Hub, was aimed at people looking to start their own business, or who have already started. The event took place on Saturday 1st December in support of Small Business Saturday.
Eight entrepreneurs were in attendance who were looking to start or grow businesses, ranging from coach tours to distribution of car valeting equipment. The Growth Hub staff discussed various available options to support them, as well as how to prepare a business plan, raise finances, promote their business and how to develop new innovations.
There is a wide range of support available within the Black Country to people starting their own business, from workshops about legal structure or marketing to grants for businesses that have a social objective such as working with the homeless. Growth Hubs have been established across the country to impartially signpost businesses and individuals to relevant support from both the public and private sectors.
Andy Cox of Cox & Plant, Chair of the Black Country Growth Hub board, said: “Individuals looking to start their own business often have their own unique barriers to overcome. Identifying the right support to help overcome these barriers is time-consuming and can be frustrating. Having someone to speak to face-to-face is a huge benefit to starting businesses in the Black Country in the numbers that we need to bring out productivity up”.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses all year round.
Paul Moore, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Investment at Sandwell Council said: “Sandwell Council is keen to support the work of the Black Country Growth Hub, and we welcome this opportunity to support entrepreneurs in Sandwell”.
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