More south Warwickshire businesses can get 'business ready' - The Leamington Observer

More south Warwickshire businesses can get 'business ready'

Leamington Editorial 13th Mar, 2024   0

BUSINESSES across the district have another chance to get ‘business ready’.

Warwick District Council is one of six local authorities that has successfully contracted the University of Warwick Science Park to provide a leading business support scheme which helps local businesses access finance, mentoring, and more.

The Business Ready scheme helped create more than £19million in value and 175 jobs for businesses in Warwickshire between 2016 and 2023. This was part of the £4.6million Business Growth Warwickshire Programme, which is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Warwickshire County Council.

And now more businesses in need of support will be referred to Business Ready through the programme.

They will receive free, tailored advice, including access to sector specific expertise, specialist mentors, advice around finance or grant funding, and dedicated business workshops.

The team of advisers at Business Ready have a wide range of expertise and have recently added to their resources to meet the needs of those areas where demand is greatest, particularly in marketing, tech, and e-commerce. The extended team of around 40 advisors is able to deliver informed, bespoke support to the businesses they work with.

Business Ready will be delivered by the University of Warwick Science Park on behalf of WDC, WCC, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council and Stratford District Council.

WDC’s economy spokesperson Coun Ella Billiald said: “The renewal of the Business Ready scheme is excellent news for the businesses of Warwick district. It provides them with access to invaluable resources, as well as bespoke expertise and guidance, which will support their own creation of jobs, supporting the growth of the local economy.”

WCC’s economy spokesperson Coun Martin Watson added: “We are delighted to be able to continue with the Business Ready programme and to expand its successful delivery model across the county.

“Many local businesses have benefited massively from the help provided by Business Ready advisers. This has led to growth and new jobs, helping to grow the regional economy, particularly in sectors that are crucial to our future, which has a positive knock-on effect for everyone.”

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