Press Release: New appointments strengthen business support in South Yorkshire

The level of support available to local businesses in South Yorkshire has been bolstered with the appointment by the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub of more Business Support Advisors hired to work closely with SMEs across the region.

The new Advisors, who will work across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, have been hired as part of the ambitious £1.7bn Renewal Action Plan (RAP) developed by the Mayoral Combined Authority, Mayor Dan Jarvis and the Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The RAP has been developed in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and sets out a roadmap for how South Yorkshire can put itself on the path to recovering from the massive economic disruption the pandemic has caused. As well as supporting businesses to thrive after lockdown, the RAP will also create wide-ranging benefits for the South Yorkshire region including getting 55,000 people into work or training, helping 25,000 businesses to adapt and innovate, and accelerating key strategic objectives like decarbonisation.

The new team of Business Support Advisors will work on the ground in each of their appointed areas to identify SME businesses adversely effected by these current economic challenges and support them to restart and recover after lockdown.

Once identified, the team of advisors will work closely with each company to carry out a full diagnostic, pinpoint areas of improvement and proactively work to understand their challenges. Individual Advisors will then focus on their specific area of expertise to broker solutions and strategies for the business to help overcome barriers and identify other support schemes or funding opportunities available to help the company achieve its full growth potential.

James Muir, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman, explains: “These new appointments are a clear demonstration of how the Mayoral Combined Authority is working to support SME’s and start-ups across South Yorkshire and how we are already meeting the steps laid out as part of our Renewal Action Plan. There are still so many businesses who are unaware that there is this level of support available to them, especially during these unprecedented times. We would encourage any business owners that are struggling, or even if they just need advice on moving their company forward, recovering after lockdown or taking the next steps towards growth, to get in touch and make the most of this free, one to one service.”

James Muir adds: “The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub’s Business Advisors have been working hard to help companies across South Yorkshire to survive and thrive, especially throughout the past year and since the first lockdown was introduced. We’re pleased to say that hundreds of companies have benefited and are better off for it, so it’s no surprise that this new team has been welcomed greatly by the local authorities, who are also keen to reach and support more businesses in their district.”

One business that has already benefited from dedicated support provided by the Sheffield City Region Business Support Advisor’s is Elecomm Ltd., a Sheffield based multi-disciplined service provider, offering electrical, mechanical, data & IT services and facilities management and maintenance solutions.

The company has experienced growth in international markets and expanded its services thanks to support from the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. Working alongside Andy Sorsby, SCR Growth Hub Business Growth Specialist, the company has secured multiple grants and received an invaluable level of expert business advice, including support with building a strategic marketing plan, carrying out a full rebrand and developing a new website.

John Hamilton, Supply Chain Director at Elecomm, explains: “At the start of 2020, Andy and the Growth Hub team carried out a strategic review of our business plan and marketing activities. As a result, we found that our brand identity needed updating. Being a multi-disciplined company makes it difficult to explain exactly what we do, and our existing website and branding wasn’t getting the message across clearly enough.”

“We decided it was time to change this and Andy helped us to come up with a plan for the new website and strategic marketing activities and also supported us in securing the funding we needed to put it into action. Alongside this, we have also developed contemporary new branding for the company. This new identity, plus the website, clearly communicates who we are as a business and how we can help our customers through the breadth of our service offering.”

John Hamilton adds: “I’m not sure what we were expecting to get out of contacting the Growth Hub team, but I’m so glad we did. Everyone has gone above and beyond to help us. The global connections we have made, plus focusing a key part of our rebrand and web development on appealing to international audiences, have been major factors in helping our business survive this unprecedented year. Not only that, but we have secured new clients from across the globe and seen a great level of growth which has enabled us to further upskill our team and expand.”

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub acts as a ‘gateway’ so that businesses can access support when it is needed the most and within the shortest timeframe. The Growth Hub team of advisors offer guidance in the fields of business development and industry support, including innovation, growth, logistics, trade and exporting and accessing finance or training.

Any business that is looking to re-establish or recover after making significant losses due to the Coronavirus lockdown or is facing challenges that put its long-term future in question, should speak to the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub team today.

Visit www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk.

Email: growthhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

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Press enquiries: Marina Wood or Rebecca Hart Tel 0114 3495341 or email marina@dragonflypr.co.uk or rebecca@Dragonflypr.co.uk.

 

About SCR Growth Hub

 

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub exists to help businesses find the best possible business support. And in these unprecedented times, we are working hard to respond to and support South Yorkshire’s businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Growth Hub is open and here to help.

 

The Growth Hub acts as a ‘gateway’ so that your business can access support when you need it the most and within the shortest timeframe.  Our team of specialists offer guidance in the fields of business development and industry support, including innovation, trade and exporting, accessing finance or training.

 

A part of the Mayoral Combined Authority, we are doing everything we can to protect our economy, and support jobs and businesses across South Yorkshire during this difficult time. The Growth Hub offers an impartial and honest broker of support, with a small suite of funded products and services available to help businesses achieve their full growth potential and provide detailed knowledge of all support schemes and systems on offer regionally, nationally and even internationally if required.

 

At the heart of the Growth Hub is a ‘Business Gateway’, accessible by phone and online, that focuses on identifying and signposting all business needs and enquiries received to the most appropriate source of support in the shortest possible time. With the Governments announcement of a number of schemes available to help businesses during this challenging time, the Gateway team can provide more detail on each of the national and local schemes and what they mean for business owners across the Region.

 

Please get in touch with us directly by email: growthhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk or visit www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk/covid-19-support-for-businesses/ for updates and further help and support.

 

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