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BUSINESS SUPPORT

REPRESENTING STAFFORDSHIRE BUSINESS

We are committed to providing local businesses with a platform to connect, communicate key messages and create opportunities to grow a skilled workforce.

Our staff team are dedicated to providing expert advice, support and inspiration for all businesses from start-up to large corporations, so you can watch your business grow with the right support.

With our ever-growing membership base and specialist services, we pride ourselves on being the recognised voice of business for Staffordshire.

The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub work in partnership with the Staffordshire Business Helpline to provide free business support and advice. Whether you are running a long-established organisation or are looking to set up your own business, there are times when you may need expert business advice and support.

LET'S DO MENTORING

Are you an SME based in Staffordshire? Are you looking to grow your business? Is your business facing a problem or challenge?

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce’s Let’s Do Mentoring Programme provides local businesses with fully funded mentoring from experienced business professionals to help businesses to grow and succeed.

Mentoring provides you with non-judgemental support, from experience business professionals, based on your situation.

Our volunteer mentors sign up to the programme because they wish to share their extensive skills and knowledge, giving something back to the people and the area in which they live.

Having a mentor helps to give me time to think about business strategy and get feedback from someone else who has led a business

Andrey Magiy

LOHEN
The mentoring has been shared with everyone in the head office team and has been embraced by all - there is a real buzz and a sense of renewed purpose throughout our team

MICK BURGIN

BFM Staffs Ltd
I had important questions to answer such as where did I want the business to go and could I manage growth. Mentoring helped to provide clarity.

MARY GRICE

Mary Grice Soft Furnishings

STARTING A BUSINESS

Our national award winning, fully funded, business start-up programme provides aspiring entrepreneurs the platform to succeed through training, support and advice. Our programme offers a series of workshops, covering the fundamentals of business including business planning, cash flow forecasting and marketing.

You will also be able to have one to one meetings with our experienced business advisers, who will provide advice and guidance to ensure your business starts off on a strong footing. These workshops and one to ones are designed to provide you with the tools to be successful in business.

Business Togetherness, local business done better together.

BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMMES

A Start Up Loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK.

In addition to finance, successful applicants receive 12-months of free mentoring and exclusive business offers to help them succeed.

The loan is unsecured, so there’s no need to put forward any assets or guarantors to support an application.

All owners or partners in a business can individually apply for up to £25,000 each, with a maximum of £100,000 available per business.

The total price tag of burglary, shoplifting, robbery, criminal damage, theft and other offences against businesses in Staffordshire is estimated at over £7,300 per hour.

The Staffordshire Commissioners Office has commissioned Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce to deliver specialist support to businesses impacted by crime.

Business Crime Advisors are trained to deliver tailored support packages to businesses following a crime.

If you have been the victim of a business crime or would like to find out more information about how you can support victims, call 01782 900239.

Factory is Staffordshire’s only dedicated business support programme for the creative sector.

Factory offers a personal approach to growing your business, delivered through a series of bespoke support activities including: one to one business advice & guidance, business development workshops, sector driven events, networking opportunities, experienced mentors, tradeshow exposure and competitive market intelligence to help drive your business forward.

If you are a creative professional working in Film & TV, Fashion & Design, Digital & Tech, Craft & Ceramics or any other Creative Industry in Staffordshire, then Factory is here to help you develop your creative business.

To find out more about this FREE opportunity, please get in touch. factory@staffordshirechambers.co.uk or call 01782 213929

Michelin has always been involved in supporting local communities, however the launch of Michelin Development and a ‘Loan Fund’ with very attractive terms provides an opportunity to have a far greater impact on our ability to support the regeneration of the local business community and in particular the creation of quality sustainable jobs.

The British Business Bank is a Government-owned, independently-run development bank that’s helped more than 74,000 growing businesses find the right finance option to help them reach their next ambition.

Our Finance Hub has been built to help businesses understand and discover the finance options that could enable them to grow.

Europe Direct Information Centre Staffordshire (EDIC)

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