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CHAMBERS LAUNCH MILLION-POUND GRANT FUND
TO SUPPORT business TRAINING COSTS.
The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has
commissioned a new ‘Stoke-on-Trent and
Staffordshire Skills Hub’ to help support SME
businesses in Staffordshire with the cost of bespoke
training. It is delivered by Staffordshire Chambers
of Commerce.
The fund is available to businesses from any sector,
who can receive up to 48 per cent of the cost of a
training course up to the value of £5000.
To access the fund, businesses will need to
complete a needs analysis form with a member of
the Skills Hub team (pictured).
Lynn Eccleston, Business Advisor at Stoke-on-Trent
and Staffordshire Skills Hub said: “Any business
who uses equipment or employs one or more staff
member should contact the Skills Hub to see how
we can support them. During our needs analysis
we can identify how a business can be improved
through specialised training and then we’ll help to
find and fund that course.”
For more information and to find out how you can
benefit from the funding, businesses should call
the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Skills Hub on
0300 600 1066 or visit staffsskillshub.co.uk
Businesses can apply for funding for any bespoke
course that is not currently funded elsewhere.
Training such as CRM courses, accountancy courses,
specialised engineering courses and training on
specific business machinery are all included.
The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Skills Hub was
devised by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce,
with Staffordshire Partnership for Employment
Skills, who won European Social Fund funding to
help bridge the skills shortage in the area.
FREE BUSINESS
VIABILITY
checker FOR
ENTREPRENEURS.
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are offering
free one-to-one sessions to anyone who dreams of
owning their own business but is not sure where to
start.
Cris Cohen (pictured), owner of private dining
and food education provider, Feast With Friends,
received start-up business support after leaving
teaching in 2016. Chris said “After a long illness
I made the decision to start my own business so
that I could do something that I loved every day.
The support I’ve had from Pete at Staffordshire
Chambers of Commerce has had a significant effect
on the progress of my business.
“If you want 2020 to be your year of vision, I highly
recommend you book in to see Pete. It’s really
helped me see things clearly.”
For more information 01782 202222
or email info@staffordshirechambers.co.uk
The Be Your Own campaign, which launched in
January, offers half-hour mentoring meetings
with the Chambers' start-up business expert, Pete
Ball. The sessions will take place at Commerce
House, Festival Park and are free to attend with no
obligation.
Areas covered in the session include; business
idea and viability, business planning, cashflow
forecasting, market research and tax and finance.
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