Tuesday 22nd December 2015
In April, the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub launched a new advice service, offering free, impartial advice for businesses to help them to formulate and implement growth plans.
Its three Advisers have more than 50 years' experience helping Lincolnshire businesses expand.
So far, of the 450 businesses engaged with, nearly 200 have had a full business diagnostic session, which results in a tailored action plan.
Advisers are now proving so popular they are now fully booked until the New Year. However, appointments are still available for 2016 on a first-come-first-served basis.
In addition, more than 800 people have attended events organised or sponsored by the Growth Hub, while around 50,000 users have accessed its website.
Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council and Greater Lincolnshire LEP Board member, said:
"I'm delighted so many county businesses are already making use of the new advisers."
"We've had people coming forward from across the county looking for support, many of whom are from micro-businesses."
"We've helped those working in a wide range of industries and dealt with many different issues, such as securing grants, using digital technology, and finding new premises."
"So why not get in touch and find out how we can help your business flourish."
Among those to benefit from the new service is Emberton & Co, who received support from Adviser, Noreen Read.
Charles Emberton said: "Noreen supported me through the development of a business plan for supplying new parts for classic Land Rovers.
"She gave me the confidence to start and continue what has become a very successful business that in 2015 exported to 69 countries.
"Her friendly, practical advice and appraisal has been invaluable and her continued mentorship is much appreciated."
Businesses in Lincolnshire can get in touch with the Advisers by visiting the Growth Hub's website, www.businesslincolnshire.com , and filling in a contact form.
The website also provides access to local, regional and national information for all sectors. Visitors can search for advice and grant schemes, support programmes and events, as well as information on accessing finance, supply chain development, the e-learning portal, and employing and training staff.
Notes for Editors:
Run by Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub is a countywide one-stop advice shop for businesses looking for support to grow and become more competitive.
East Midlands Business Ltd provides the three Business Advisers for the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.