Small businesses with big plans are being given the chance to join a two-year growth programme at Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP).
The initiative has been launched to support ambitious companies that have been trading for 12 months or less which want to expand and create jobs.
As part of the package, businesses will be offered a wide range of advice on subjects such as managing growth, marketing, sales, funding and leadership to help them grow. Contemporary office accommodation with a low starting rent, access to the facilities on the Keele University Campus and opportunities to network are also included.
Business owners that meet KUSBP’s criteria will be asked to apply online and, if successful, can join the programme from February 2012.
“We want to help innovative and successful new business ventures that need extra support and guidance to take them to the next stage and ensure future success,” said Lucy Delaney who is leading the programme.
“Every business is different, so the programme is designed to be flexible to meet individual needs. Support will be offered in a variety of different formats including workshops, seminars, one-to-one guidance, business mentors, and networking both in the Park and within the wider business community.
“There are lots of businesses in our region that are in the early stages of trading and keen to expand, so we are expecting a lot of interest. Places are limited however, so we will be asking applicants to present a business plan including financial details and information that demonstrates their potential for growth.”
Entrepreneurs who would like further information on the programme should contact Lucy on 01782 734603 or email email@example.com