Business Gateway Growth Hub

We help businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire understand what business support is available to them and how they can access it as easily as possible.

A team of 11 business advisers with industry expertise provide free and impartial, one-to-one, tailored support and guidance usually starting with a frank, open and honest discussion with the business owner or manager.

Our service pre-Covid19 was focussed on helping companies that want to grow and this has not changed, but emphasis now for many companies is on restarting and recovery - finding a path back to where they were - and this is where we will concentrate our efforts in the coming months. Basically whatever the business needs, we’re here to listen, guide and help.

Case Study: MJ Products

Mark Jackson of MJ Products in Desford designs and manufactures products for goods handling. His products primarily use patented foot-operated lifting technology with lightweight manoeuvrable lifting equipment for handling loads of up to 250kg, removing the need for manual handling.

Mark said: “After support with investment in infrastructure last year, we have continued to gain valuable advice and guidance in 2020. Business adviser, Joanna Moore has helped me focus on priorities and create a clear business direction during a period where enquiries and projects became somewhat overwhelming.

“Jo put me in touch with Gau Naik at NBV, who’s helped with business planning and Tobias Gould at Leicester Innovation Hub, who is actively helping with research and opinion leader interviews for our new product, VanMate*.

“There’s a network of advisers and I’ve found that if you simply ask any of them a question, they will either help or put you in touch with someone that can. The support and research we have received has been a real boost for me personally as I battle a multitude of roles to grow our business.”

Business Growth Grant

Our Business Growth Grant offers from £2,000 to £25,000 capital funding, providing 35% of project costs. We can signpost you to all the financial support available through local and national schemes. View our animation below for more on this or visit this page.

Our team of advisers aren’t doing face-to-face meetings at the moment, but advice and support continues, mostly over the telephone or virtually if you prefer. We’ve also adapted our events programme which is now online with webinars on a range of topics such as pricing, strategy, planning, marketing, sales, branding, human resources and personal wellbeing. You can sign up for our regular e-newsletters to be kept informed of the latest business support, funding and webinars at www.bizgateway.org.uk/subscribe

Business Gateway is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and government. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP).

You can be confident the information you get is of a high standard, unbiased and commercially focussed.

Contact us today to see how we can help you on 0116 366 8487 or email growthhub@bizgateway.org.uk