Now more than ever it’s imperative to stay on top of your game as business owners. With an ever-changing environment and information coming at us from every angle it’s easy to get bogged down and lose focus. If you want to stay on the right track remember there’s a free service available right at your finger tips.

We’re talking of course about the Business Gateway Growth Hub service available to all Leicester and Leicestershire business people.

If you are the sort of person that likes to do their research before you do anything (like most of us) the Business Gateway has a terrific website that’s designed to signpost you quickly to support available, no matter what your stage or size of business.

Core areas of the site include what the service offers, such as one-to-one advice, the Business Growth Grant and webinar programme as well as signposting to other local and national support.

If you need finance to develop or grow your business – whether that’s a grant, loan or alternative finance – the site has a whole section dedicated to current schemes with direct links to the different providers and government schemes.

On the events section, you’ll find a wide range of free webinars with simple online booking forms covering business themes such as strategy, marketing, finance, wellbeing and people.

Mohammed Essajee is a director at the kitchen and bedroom manufacturing business, Interiors by Design in Wigston. He recently attended a webinar on ‘How to use the Business Model Canvas’ with presenter Steve Hobbs. He said:

“I’ve been in business for a long time. However, I’ve never looked at processes, systems and long term planning. I am now seriously working on this. Steve was a good presenter and it was all quite relevant to my business as I am looking to take it to the next level.”

There’s a selection of webinars on wider issues like innovation, business resilience, EU exit and operating in a Covid-19 world. Their site also brings together webinars from other support providers such as the Digital Growth Programme, Medilink and NBV.

So take a browse through the site here and get the help you need.

The Business Gateway Growth Hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered in partnership by Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

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