Over 800 entrepreneurs located across Greater Birmingham and Solihull have been assisted by business support programme Enterprise for Success during the past two years. The programme has also directly supported more than 500 new and young businesses with their trading.
As part of its work to promote smaller businesses in the region, the programme will be also supporting Small Business Saturday on 1st December this year.
Enterprise for Success offers tailored support for those starting a new business or in their early days of trading, who are located across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) area and have high growth potential. This includes one-to-one personal advice sessions, expert workshops and events. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and is supported by a range of partners including the GBSLEP Growth Hub.
Launched in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and highlights the importance of small businesses to local communities and the regional economy.
Saqib Bhatti, GBSLEP Director for Growing Businesses and Representing SMEs, commented:
“As the top regional hotspot for start-up businesses over the last few years and as the city of a thousand trades, Small Business Saturday is a great celebration of the things that have made our region the ideal place for small businesses to locate and thrive. It celebrates a heritage of trade that spans not just decades but centuries.
“Our Growth Hub offers support for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses alike and we are delighted to be able to help them be as successful as they can be, in turn making Greater Birmingham the thriving economy it is today.”
Greater Birmingham is a national hotspot for start-ups and entrepreneurship, with 12,108 businesses set up in Birmingham alone during 2017. The city was the UK’s top regional hub for start-ups for the fifth year in a row, according to data released by the Centre for Entrepreneurs.
Follow activity on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about the local businesses across the area and how to ‘shop local’ this festive season. A range of events and activities are taking place across the region to celebrate small businesses and also to highlight the support available – for the latest information please contact the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub on 0800 032 3488, or click here.