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Bury St Edmunds/ Haverhill: Towns among first venues for New Anglia LEP Business Roadshow

06:00 25 March 2014

AT Power Andy Clifton Jason Middleton Gary Douglas-Beet Chris Goldspink

AT Power Andy Clifton Jason Middleton Gary Douglas-Beet Chris Goldspink

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Business Shaper Group and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are launching a series of business roadshows across Suffolk and Norfolk to help hundreds of firms access grants and funding to help them grow.

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The region-wide events, which will take place from April to November, are aimed at highlighting the wealth of grants, funding opportunities, free business support and training available to business owners as they prepare their organisations for the future.

Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds will be among the first towns visited.

The events, sponsored by Business Shaper Group, Swinton Accountants and Ultimate Finance Group, are to be rolled out in towns across Suffolk and Norfolk to benefit more than 1,000 businesses.

AT Power, based at Wymondham, has already gained funding as a direct result of a roadshow pilot run in December.

“I would strongly advise any business looking to grow in 2014 to attend the Business Roadshow”, said managing director Andy Clifton. “We accessed a £3,000 grant from the Manufacturing Advisory Service, which has helped us increase turnover by over by £75,000 in two months. We also have pipeline of business in excess of £600,000,”

Businesses can register for the event by visiting www.business-roadshow.co.uk.

Gary Douglas-Beet, managing director of the Business Shaper Group, said: “With the up turn in the economy, there has never been a better time to invest in growing your business”.

“We would simply urge businesses of all sizes and industries, new and established, not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Whether, they are looking to improve your business, to develop an innovative product or just understand the various options, taking 2 hours out could provide them with the information needed to help make their company more innovative and competitive in the future.”

Jason Middleton, Funding and Projects Manager at New Anglia LEP said: “There’s a huge amount of free advice and support available to businesses but it is often hard to find. By working with Business Shaper Group on this initiative, further enables us to help local businesses by tapping into our combined expertise and resources, business owners can ensure that they are in the best possible position to grasp the opportunities as the country comes out of the recession.”

New Anglia LEP helps to grow jobs and remove the barriers to growth in Norfolk and Suffolk, and you can register for any event in your town on www.business-roadshow.co.uk .

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