New Anglia Growth Hub advisers achieve SFEDI standard

The New Anglia Growth Hub team of advisers with their SFEDI Level 7 certificates.

The New Anglia Growth Hub team of advisers with their SFEDI Level 7 certificates. - Credit: Archant

Business advisers at the New Anglia Growth Hub have become the first in the country to receive a new accreditation.

Each of the advisers at the hub, which is managed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has achieved the Level 7 Diploma in Professional Business and Enterprise Support, equivalent to a Masters degree on the qualification and credit framework scele.

The award is governed by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), which sets the standard for business support services and is the exemplar standard for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

John Stenhouse, who fronts the New Anglia Growth Hub, said the fact that every one of its business advisers had achieved Level 7 “was clear proof not only of their nine months of study and dedication, but their total commitment to always providing the best approach to advising Suffolk businesses”.

He added: “The Growth Hub will continue to have a major influence in helping our growing businesses access the right kind of financial and practical support.”

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Chris Starkie, managing director of New Anglia LEP, said: “The quantity of support offered by the New Anglia Growth Hub is there in black and white – over 20,000 hours of face-to-face advice to more than 5,000 businesses speaks for itself.

“This accreditation tells businesses in Suffolk they can also rely on the quality of support, and is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team.”

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John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, added: “This is another first for Suffolk plc. We know that most firms that use business advisers are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. so this latest accolade is yet another reason that businesses can feel particularly confident of the quality and consistency of the New Anglia Growth Hub service.”

“I’m really proud of the team and it’s great to see Chamber employees developing their skills”.

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