Sheffield Growth Hub brings in the experts

Sheffield Growth Hub brings in the experts

A new £4.82m business support service in Sheffield has appointed eight business growth experts with more than 200 years combined experience to help support entrepreneurs across the region.

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub has selected the experts from sectors ranging from creative industries and healthcare technologies to aerospace and rail in order to tailor industry specific support.

The Growth Hub is designed to be a single point of contact for all businesses across nine local authority areas, and its partners include successful companies in the area, consultancies, universities, Chamber of Commerce and local authorities, and national provision such as Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment.

The Growth Hub offers support across the nine local authorities of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Head of the SCR Growth Hub, David Grimes, said: “It’s great to have these eight excellent business people ready and in place to help businesses far and wide to develop and expand.

“The eight business growth specialists all have different sectoral experience and can go in and help businesses from the word go.

“Everything is coming together for the Growth Hub and we can now start getting some results from businesses. I have great confidence that the people in place are going to be a huge part of that and they can impart their wisdom that they’ve accumulated over the years across the region.”

The team of eight, appointed because of their backgrounds in a variety of different industries, have knowledge in areas including business planning, culture change, start-up support, leadership and management, and product innovation. 

Antony Davies, one of the business growth specialists, with almost 20 years’ experience in business support, said: “It’s great to be given this chance to help businesses small and large to grow and expand.

“As individuals we all have differing strengths, but together we make a specialist team that is designed to be able to help any business across the region whether that be a brand new start-up or an established company.”