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Growth Hub

The Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub can provide face-to-face support, addressing your business needs and supporting the growth of your business.
Growth Hub Advisors are able to signpost businesses to relevant support providers in the following areas:

• Access to Finance
• Resource Efficiencygrowth hub logo
• Innovation
• Mentoring
• Skills
• Growth Coaching
• Manufacturing Advice
• Start up support
• Strategic Relationships
• Export Advice

To request a one-to-one business advisor meeting please call our dedicated business helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email growthhub@staffordshirechambers.co.uk

Business Initiative

Business Initiative is a non-profit making organisation based in Staffordshire, formed in 1981 by leading organisations in North Staffordshire to encourage and assist with the establishment and expansion of viable small businesses.


Our experienced Business Advisers have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can tap into. This will help you grow and develop your new business into something great.

We focus on support for new business start-ups in across the county and are proud to be part of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

Business Initiative are a centre of excellence for providing the people we assist with a quality service.

To find out about the help and support on offer, please read the information below.

Our Start-up Programme

Our five stage business start-up programme provides aspiring entrepreneurs the platform to succeed through training, support, advice and commercial investment.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can access a series of free workshops covering the fundamentals of business such as tax, VAT, employing staff and financial forecasting. 

You will also be able to talk one on one with an experienced business adviser, who will help you put together a robust, bespoke business plan. Our workshops and seminars are designed to provide you with the tools to be successful in  business.

Start-up Flow Diagram

To find out more about how Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce can help you, or to book onto stage one of the programme, call 01782 202222 and ask for the Enterprise Team.

“My first business loan application was not successful, but following the Chamber's start up programme, I re-calculated my cash flow forecast & secured my loan.”

Holly Brown - Style My Business

Supporting Documentation

Business Plan Template - Maxi

Mini Business Plan - Template

Cash Flow Template

Detailed Financial Forecast Doc

Useful Links

To access free webinars from HMRC on topics such as Record Keeping, VAT, Self-Employment and HMRC, and Business Expenses for the Self-Employed, please click here.

Do you need office space? If so Initiative House in Stoke in a great place to start your search. For more information please click this link Initiative House or call us on 01782 202222.

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce