Business Gateway Growth Hub
What is it?
The Business Gateway is a service for SMEs throughout Leicester and Leciestershire. It acts as a signposting service for business across a wide range of topics including:
- Business start-up training and mentoring
- Business growth and expansion plans, recruitment and investing
- Access to finance, including local and national grants and loans programmes
- Premises and search for new commercial property
- Recruitment and workforce skills/training
- Regulation and compliance
This includes business support that is available from local and national partners, public and private organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Who is it for?
For anyone considering starting their own business, or existing businesses and in need of support and assistance to improve or grow.
Who provides this service?
Much of the business support is delivered by a spectrum of support organisations; ranging from national partners such as Department for International Trade and Innovate UK to local support providers, universities and local authorities.
Why have Growth Hubs been created?
Growth Hubs are Government initiatives which were set up by Local Enterprise Partnerships as a means of offering local business support. There are 38 Growth hubs run by each LEP in the UK. The Leicester and Leicestershire Growth Hub was launched in 2014.
The key objective is to raise awareness and simplify access to the different forms of business support that are available in Leicestershire. The partnership overseeing the development of the LLEP Business Gateway consists of representatives from both public and private sectors, as well as our local universities.
A structured promotional programme aims to see the LLEP Business Gateway become an established and regular feature amongst the Leicester and Leicestershire business community.
Who is involved?
Click here for a list of our current partners.
Annual Review and Business Plan
An annual review and business plan for the Business Gateway produced in June 2016, is available to download below.
Become a partner of the Business Gateway
To become a delivery partner of the Business Gateway you will need to be a business support provider; an organisation that offers advice, expertise, coaching or mentoring to help a business start, improve or achieve growth. You must be offering this service via a publicly funded contract so that your support is free or subsidised for clients. Please complete an Information Sharing Agreement and return the form to us by post.
Business Support Directory
The Business Support Directory is a simple search facility that makes it easier for companies in Leicester and Leicestershire to find out what local business support is available to help them.
If you are a private or public sector organisation that provides business support services, e.g. free and paid for advice, consultancy, mentoring, expertise, sector specific support, finance or grant funding you can apply to add your details to the directory.
You must meet the following criteria:
• Be based in Leicester/Leicestershire (unless you are delivering a regional or national support programme)
• Be an accredited business/organisation
• Provide a free consultation to clients
• Have the relevant insurance and indemnity policies in place
Please apply to be part of the Business Support Directory by completing the Support Product Registration Form
To find out all you need about the Business Gaterway Growth Hub please visit the website here.