Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This report updates on the progress and
activity of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise
Partnership (LEP) Growth Hub, for which Staffordshire County
Council is the accountable body. The Growth Hub forms part of the
“Backing our small businesses is vital as they play an essential part in the county’s long-term economic growth and create thousands of jobs.
“The Growth Hub has done a fantastic job since it was set up in April and is on track to exceed its target for business engagement already. Small businesses face a range of challenges and the Hub is making a real difference in helping them to overcome them – whether this is through advice, signposting them to the appropriate organisations or directly through the grants scheme or private investment initiative. I’m pleased to report the success of the Growth Hub today.”
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy, Environment and Transport.
Reasons for the Decision – To update Cabinet on the work of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub, a new programme working to improve access to business support and finance for small and medium sized (SME) businesses across the Local Enterprise Partnership’s area.
Decision – (a) That the success of the Growth Hub programme in unlocking investment and job creation among local businesses and improving cross-referral between business support initiatives, innovation and international trade support be noted.
(b) That the Cabinet and wider membership help to promote the Growth Hub services to local small and medium-sized businesses by raising awareness of the business helpline.
Report author: James Hinton
Publication date: 22/01/2015
Date of decision: 21/01/2015
Decided at meeting: 21/01/2015 - Cabinet
Effective from: 28/01/2015