New figures released by the Sheffield Growth Hub show that, in its first year, the organisation smashed its own targets for business support many times over.
By the end of April this year the Growth Hub had worked with 4,122 businesses, smashing its original target of 500.
And the region’s businesses are pleased: the feedback is that they are getting ‘excellent’ support and the Growth Hub has been awarded a satisfaction rating of 89% across the three different levels of help – light, medium and high.
The bulk of inquiries over the year have been about help to grow businesses and finance, while help with skills training, starting a new business, and innovation were roughly equally in demand.
David Grimes, head of the Growth Hub, said: “This is a very pleasing set of figures. The Growth Hub and its partners have been working extremely hard to help create growth and jobs across the region, and I am delighted that so many people have taken advantage of our services.
“This demonstrates that there is a huge appetite for businesses to grow and create jobs and prosperity across the region.
“Enterprise has always been at the heart of what we do in this region. It’s a tribute to the hard work ethos here which is helping to attract, retain and develop skills in the region which are so important for sustainable growth.”