Help on offer for Solihull start-ups to boost business - The Solihull Observer

Help on offer for Solihull start-ups to boost business

Solihull Editorial 26th Jan, 2024   0

HELP IS at hand for Solihull entrepreneurs looking to get a boost for their business.

Solihull Council has highlighted some of the free support available to those who live or work in the borough including specialist advised from the Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub.

The Growth Hub is free to access, impartial and independent, with one-to-one support from experienced business advisers available and is part of the regional Business Growth West Midlands service.

It also offers a variety of business support programmes including those focused on sustainability, innovation and supporting social enterprises.

The Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub can also support with access to grants.

There are two grants currently available that offer from £2,500 up to £100,000 for larger projects.

The West Midlands Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Grant Programme offers funding for start-ups and existing businesses to expand or invest in new equipment.

And the Net Zero Grant Programme helps businesses to reduce their environmental impact and decrease the rising energy costs, supporting investment in heating, lighting, solar panels and insulation.

Solihull businesses can also get advice from the Enterprise for Success programme, which offers free start up and early-stage business support.

The support is designed to guide new entrepreneurs through the crucial first stages of establishing a business in a supportive learning environment.

This is open to anyone who is looking to set up a business or who has started a business in the last year in Solihull.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “I take pride in the variety of free business support and advice that we provide to new, established and aspiring entrepreneurs alike.

“Solihull is a key economic driver in the region thanks to the tenacity and passion of our local business owners.

“Our mission is to ensure that entrepreneurs in Solihull can access the resources, knowledge and support they need so that the borough can continue to lead the economic fight back post-pandemic.”

Start-ups and early-stage businesses can book on to Enterprise for Success workshops here.

To contact the Growth Hub call 0121 303 6800 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

All programmes are funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


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