Business Support from GBSLEP extended to June 2023

Business Support from GBSLEP extended to June 2023

31 May 2022

  • GBSLEP Growth Hub to continue Business Support services until the end of June 2023
  • Over 2,400 businesses helped in the current phase of the programme since 2019

SME businesses will continue to be supported by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) until the end of June 2023. The news comes after the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) extended European Regional Development Funding( ERDF) for work to be delivered through GBSLEP Growth Hub.

Over 2,400 businesses have been helped since 2019 and GBSLEP Growth Hub has been instrumental in designing and delivering packages of support during Covid-19, to the EU transition and now against the backdrop of rising living costs and energy prices as well as labour and supply chain shortages.

Founders of Voilo, Ravi Ranjan and Ronan Hynes contacted GBSLEP Growth Hub during the initial stages of their business. They worked closely with the Account Manager for the creative and cultural industries. All the early guidance given to Voilo has helped to get their business finance app straight into the market.

Ronan Hynes said:

“With the help of the Growth Hub, we have been able to secure opportunities, so we can start getting into the market and start working with businesses to help them attract new customers."

The extension is a positive endorsement of the services supplied by the GBSLEP Growth Hub. It is the last of the remaining ERDF funding before it is replaced by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which will be distributed to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) or district authorities.

Chief Executive of GBSLEP Henriette Breukelaar said:

"With the combined challenges of inflation, energy price rises, supply chain issues and labour market shortages, it’s even more important that we continue to support our businesses in every way we can. It’s been a tough two years and our business community has faced some of the most challenging times. Without our business support, many SMEs would not have survived the Covid-19 pandemic."

Board Director and lead for SMEs and Founder of Winny's Kitchen Shaun Sookoo said:

"As someone who has benefitted from the services of the Growth Hub, I have first-hand experience of the difference the support can make. This extension is also a vote of confidence in the way GBSLEP Growth Hub delivers business support at a time when we, like other LEPs, have been asked to integrate some of our functions into democratically elected local bodies from March 2023. The extension will give businesses continuity of service over the period of transition for GBSLEP."

If you are a business looking for impartial, no-cost advice from our expert business advisers, contact the GBSLEP Growth Hub at 0800 032 3488 or email

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