Growth Hub helps grow Gloucestershire
PUBLISHED: 13:03 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:03 21 August 2015
Gloucestershire's Growth Hub was set up in September 2015 to offer support to growing companies, including research and consultancy, training and skills development, start-up support, and new technology development. As it approaches its first anniversary we asked Laura Crabb, the Growth Hub's director of business, for an update.
“The Growth Hub has welcomed nearly 4000 new visitors to the service. We are currently working with 150 high growth businesses in the county on a personalised growth plan. What this means is that we’re on track to exceed the targets we agreed with government for this first year and we can now look to build our offer further during year two.”
This autumn the Growth Hub is adding to its range of advice clinics, masterclasses and networking opportunities and launching a series of higher apprenticeships.
Laura added: “Two big challenges our customers experience are access to finance and developing their people. In response we’ll offer new services that support those needs such as grants for early stage businesses and SMEs.
“Highlights from this first year include visits from members of parliament, funding bodies and other regions interested in replicating our offer. We’ve also seen some great results for business from collaborative working between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, for example we’ve been able to deliver a ‘meet the buyer’ event to promote export from the county and a digital diagnostic tool that improves our clients’ online capability.”
Next year the Growth Hub will focus on the development of its high growth services, and increasing its networking and collaboration events. “We’re also responding to the increasing demand for working space and executive education facilities by working with GFirst LEP on plans for expansion at the Gloucester site, and increasing our country reach through a Growth Hub network,” said Laura
“We’ve made great strides this year, and we’re delighted with the number of businesses that have joined us, but there are still many high growth businesses in the county that have not yet used the Growth Hub service and we look forward to welcoming them in the next phase.”
The Growth Hub is based at Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester www.thegrowthhub.biz
Growth hub business support highlights:
Company & Assistance given
• Your Step Up Ltd - Incubation support, mentoring and successful £2000 Growth Voucher award.
• Powerflow - Successful Innovation Voucher, independent testing of innovative new Energy Recovery System.
• Stroud Metal Company - Inward investment, funding and skills support.
• Protrack Solutions - Funding, Knowledge Transfer Partnership and Product Development support.
• Sibling Distillery - Funding support and introduction to ‘Meet the Buyers’ event.
• Maybe - Innovation Voucher funding, student participation, marketing support.
• BroBuild - Funding, export and student placement support.
• Institute of Directors - Developed an IoD Student Membership and Mentoring programme, supported by Julian Dunkerton CEO of Superdry
• Cloudtamers - Marketing analysis, training and graduate placement.
• Snow Business - Innovation voucher support, branding and research.
• So Publishing - Business expansion planning and advice. Recruitment drive support and linked with University of Gloucestershire to harness student talent.
• Contenta Therapies - Funding advice, PR support, networking with multiple other clients.
• Versarien PLC - Marketing and design support, along with student placement.
• MOOD - Social media review and student resource work through re:fresh.
• British Corner Shop - Hosted a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, to secure new suppliers from The Growth Hub client list.
• Doddl - Assistance with SW MAS RGF Grant application.
• SAPA Building Systems Ltd - Skills agenda and recruitment support. Introduction to Tewkesbury School to support recruitment of young people in future.