Friday, June 17, 2016

News: Growth Hub appoints team of eight specialists

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The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub has appointed eight business growth experts with more than 200 years of combined experience to help the growth of businesses across the city region.

The Growth Hub, which has core funding of £4.82m, has appointed the eight business growth specialists with experience from sectors ranging from creative industries and healthcare technologies to aerospace and rail.

The Growth Hub is designed to be a single point of contact for all businesses across nine local authority areas. The model coordinates and simplifies business support so that it joins up national, local, public and private business provisions across the city region.

The partners include successful companies, consultancies, universities, Chambers of Commerce and local authorities, and national provision such as Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment.

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David Grimes, Head of the SCR Growth Hub, said: "It's great to have these eight excellent business people ready and in place to help businesses far and wide to develop and expand. The eight business growth specialists all have different sectoral experience and can go in and help businesses from the word go.

"Everything is coming together for the Growth Hub and we can now start getting some results from businesses. I have great confidence that the people in place are going to be a huge part of that and they can impart their wisdom that they've accumulated over the years across the region."

The team of eight, appointed because of their backgrounds in a variety of different industries, have knowledge in areas including business planning, culture change, start-up support, leadership and management, and product innovation.

Given the importance of manufacturing to the productivity of the SCR, a number of advisors have been signed up from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), that was controversially axed by the Government.

One of the business growth specialists, Antony Davies, has almost 20 years' experience in business support, and has been managing director, director and co-owner of a successful innovation and enterprise support consultancy business. He has worked as far afield as Russia and Japan and has business experience in both retail and logistics.

Antony said: "It's great to be given this chance to help businesses small and large to grow and expand. As individuals we all have differing strengths, but together we make a specialist team that is designed to be able to help any business across the region whether that be a brand new start-up or an established company."

SCR Growth Hub website

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