• 98.5% of our businesses are small, medium or micro.
  • 52 business networks working with us.

We provide a wide range of support to businesses in the local area through our Growth Hub, How’s Business. The LEP Board member responsible for representing and engaging with the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business community and the Growth Hub is currently Richard Shaw. The Growth Hub covers a wide range of activity including:

  • partnership working with local networks from Chambers of Trade, the FSB, and other stakeholders, in a range of formal and informal events,
  • providing access to digital resources including eBooks and toolkits on issues relevant to businesses today,
  • face-to-face support for eligible businesses in need of expert advice,
  • unlocking access to funding through our telephone support service.

Find out more about our work on the How’s Business website.