South Staffs businesses planning to grow with training and funding boost

More than 40 businesses in South Staffordshire are celebrating after being awarded grants totalling over £200,000.

 

The £5000 ‘Plan to Grow’ grants were funded with the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant, allocated to all local authorities to assist businesses affected by Covid related restrictions.

 

South Staffordshire Council decided that they would use the money to support businesses who were looking to revitalise their operations as they emerged from the pandemic and a series of lockdowns.

 

Cllr Terry Mason, Cabinet Member for Planning and Business Enterprise said: “Feedback from our businesses over the past two years highlighted the need to support them in strengthening their resilience post-pandemic. The flexibility of the Additional Restrictions Grant allowed us to put together a programme that enabled businesses to develop their plans for growth and provided grant funding to implement those plans. We are extremely pleased with the success of the Plan to Grow programme which was expertly delivered by Staffordshire Chambers.”

 

The training was delivered by Pam Wallis from the Growth Hub, based at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

 

Pam said: “It was a tight schedule as we started the training in January and it had to be completed by the end of March. Luckily the businesses in South Staffordshire were up for the challenge and we managed to get 44 over the line, fully trained an in receipt of the grant by the end of the financial year.”

 

Richard Taylor, MD of Marlborough of England, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to re-focus our business after an incredibly tough two years. Receiving the grant is a great help to the business, but it’s in the process of being able to re-evaluate our business and reset the fundamentals, that the real value lies.

 

“Pam was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and being able to network with other business owners, who had been through a similar experience, was very positive.

 

“I feel very confident about the outlook for my business, and I am very grateful to Pam and to South Staffordshire Council for their help and assistance.”

 

If you want to talk about any business issues, including funding, you can call Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email: info@staffordshirechambers.co.uk

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