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Keith Girling of Nottinghamshire County Council pledges business support following pandemic

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We are committed to helping and supporting businesses which, on the back of recovery from the pandemic, has never been more vital, writes Keith Girling, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s economic development and asset management committee.

We recently hosted our first economic growth conference, in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, East Midlands Chamber and Newark MP Robert Jenrick.

In total, we had 88 delegates attend from 75 businesses and organisations from across industry. Attendees and those watching via the livestream were able to hear from business leaders and experts on the economic growth outlook and industry trends, as well as network with other small businesses and share insight and knowledge.

Keith Girling. (51416949)
Keith Girling. (51416949)

Six focused workshops took place to access support and information in a number of areas; including help moving a business forward, up-scaling a business and workforce, building a happy, healthy and productive workforce, finance options for growth, international trade and skills development.

Workshop providers included D2N2 Growth Hub, NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd, Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot, British Business Bank and Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and East Midlands Chamber.

The council has also set up a number of other activities and grant schemes for businesses, including the introduction of the business growth and resilience programme, offering businesses free workshops and mentoring with industry experts.

The programme links business service specialists with businesses in four key business sectors: Manufacturing and construction, accommodation, retail, food and beverage, and health and social care.

The advice and guidance provided supports businesses to adapt, seek new markets, develop a new business plan or marketing plan, modify their ways of working, establish new supply chains, or provide brokerage for skills and training.

Those who take part could also be eligible to apply for a discretionary grant of up to £2,000. This grant could be spent in any way to help their recovery and growth.

I encourage any business that hasn’t yet applied to take advantage. Go to https://buff.ly/3DXht3I.

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