Movers & Shakers: New Anglia Growth Hub recruits five new business advisers

Members of the expanded New Anglia Growth Hub team.

Members of the expanded New Anglia Growth Hub team. - Credit: Archant

Five new business advisers have joined New Anglia Growth Hub to cope with increasing demand from firms to use its free business support service.

The hub, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, was set up in 2014 to provide a single point of contact for business owners seeking free face-to-face advice. Since then, it has worked with more than 6,000 businesses and provided more than 28,000 hours of support.

Nigel Best, who has been appointed as growth hub manager, said: “Having worked with hundreds of businesses, I appreciate how tough and lonely it can be out there and sometimes you need some independent guidance. The Growth Hub is a fantastic resource. You get access to the combined knowledge and experience of the team and the service is completely free.”

Samantha Jones, who is one of the new recruits said: “It’s so exciting to join this established and successful team. There are so many talented and creative business people across the East and the best part about this job is sitting down with them and hearing about their plans for growth and expansion.”

The Government has committed to providing local businesses with support through the Growth Hub Network.

Business, energy and industrial strategy minister and local growth champion Jo Johnson, said: “As the Local Growth Champion for New Anglia, it’s great to hear the Growth Hub has already helped 6,000 businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. With five new business advisers on board, I encourage local businesses to explore the support available.”

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which manages the team of behalf of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “The growth of the team is testament to both the continued success of the hub but also the increasing demands from businesses to speak to an adviser face-to-face. 79% of companies come back for more support, so we’ve decided to expand to meet this ever-increasing demand.”

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