Alternatives to the Business Growth Service

As many of you will now be aware, last week’s budget announcement included the decision to close the Business Growth Service (BGS) and at the start of this week, the BGS closed to new customers.

From a practical perspective, this means that business owners will no longer be able to get support from either the Manufacturing Advisory Service or Growth Accelerator. In its stead, BIS has asked Growth Hubs to take on the responsibility of supporting and signposting business owners towards alternative support.

For those of you who are familiar with our Growth Hub, it is called How’s Business. Next year, we had planned to extend our signposting functionality to include suppot organisations as well as business experts. In order to support local business owners, we will now be bringing forward those plans and we have put in place an interim directory on How’s Business, here, to signpost business owners towards alternatives to the Business Growth Service.

What we need to do now is to understand exactly what support is available in the region so that we can develop this directory and fill the gap left by the BGS. If you would like to be listed on HowsBusiness.org please fill in the expression of interest that you can find here.