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SOLENT-BASED BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO TAKE UP FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT THIS JANUARY

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is encouraging all businesses in the region to get in touch with its team of expert business advisors for free, impartial, 1-2-1 business support.

The Solent LEP Growth Hub team has already helped thousands of local businesses to navigate the pandemic and Brexit, from those who are looking to expand their operations to those struggling with the economic challenges of the last couple of years.

As many businesses continue to feel the impact of COVID, and with new customs controls for exports between the UK and EU taking effect from 1st January, the Solent LEP is ready to support local businesses, connecting them with the right guidance and advice.

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The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Deputy Chair and Chair of the Solent LEP’s Business Task Force SJ Hunt, said:

“This year, our specialist Growth Hub team want to reach out to even more businesses based in the Solent to provide free, independent business support.

“We are fully aware that many businesses may need advice and support to stay resistant and buoyant as they are once again operating in a challenging environment. This is why we are encouraging business owners, whether from a small or medium-sized business, to get in touch with our Growth Hub team in the year ahead, no matter what your business goals are.

“The LEP is committed to helping the Solent economy to grow, so it’s important that businesses are getting the right help and support, tailored to their needs and circumstances.”

Figures for the 2020/21 financial year show that the number of new businesses receiving support more than doubled to 2,309, with a further 307 receiving bespoke one-to-one support.

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Available to all Solent-based businesses, the LEP’s Growth Hub team is there to offer support to businesses on a wide range of business topics, including:

  • Reaching more customers
  • Exporting products
  • Training and developing staff
  • Finding workspaces
  • Funding new projects
  • Becoming more sustainable
  • Navigating Brexit

To book to speak with a Solent LEP Growth Hub business support adviser, call 02392 688055, or for more information about the service, visit https://solentlep.org.uk/growth-hub-business-support/.

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