The Black Country Growth Hub (BCGH) team recently went on tour with their eye-catching double-decker bus, stopping in every borough of the region to provide free and impartial support to local businesses and entrepreneurs.
The BCGH team, accompanied by local specialists including Catax Group, NatWest, Forresters, Talbots Law, People Plus and Higgs & Sons, gave free advice and help to local businesses on a variety of topics including; intellectual property, finance, recruitment, tax, contracts, starting a business and more.
The tour covered 28.6 miles in total and started from Dudley at the Merry Hill Centre and then moved on to the following locations during the week:
- Pensnett Trading Estate
- Queens Square, Wolverhampton City Centre
- West Midlands House, Walsall
- Queens Street Business Park, Walsall
- West Bromwich Albion Football Ground (Sandwell)
- Greggs, Birmingham Road, (Sandwell)
- Hainge Road, Tividale, Oldbury (Sandwell)
Jaspal Sohal, Head of Black Country Growth Hub said:
It’s our job to ensure that businesses are aware of the support that is available to them. Just like any trading business, we need to be agile and innovative to ensure companies know where and how to find us.
This roadshow was the start of a larger outreach programme and we’re very pleased with the response - we met a wide range of different businesses, as well as people who are just starting out on their business journey.
My team have already made some valuable referrals and we will continue to work with all of the businesses who attended to ensure we support their future growth plans.
Overall, the tour reached 73 businesses
- 71% of meetings on the bus were spontaneous on the day
- 28% were at the pre-start stage
- 9% were a Startup
- 8% were a micro-business
- 7% were an SME
If you missed the bus this time around, make sure to keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for an announcement in the near future…
In the meantime, you can reach us on weekdays at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park either at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 770 2245
If you are based in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton - our friendly team are always on hand to provide free and impartial support. Once we have listened to your enquiry, we will then advise you on the next steps to take or put you in touch with the right person to help you.
A great event provided by the Black Country Growth Hub, very thought provoking and inspiring for anyone considering setting up something new or growing a business. I will be using all the advice with my new business idea. Thanks a million!
Dave Plimmer – Business Owner, Elder Moon UK