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Business Growth Service

Business Growth Service

The Business Growth Service brings GrowthAccelerator, the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and schemes from the Intellectual Property Office (IP Audits) and the Design Council (Design Mentoring) into a single service. Export support is provided by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). The service is closely linked to InnovateUK and the British Business Bank. More

23/01/15 10:31 | 52 reads | Business Support

Manufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders – CBI survey

Manufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders – CBI survey

New orders continued to expand for British manufacturers in the three months to January, but firms expect their export orders to tail-off in the coming quarter, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey. More

23/01/15 10:18 | 76 reads | News

UK car industry achieves seven-year production high with exports still strong

UK car industry achieves seven-year production high with exports still strong

Car production reached a seven-year high last year with 1,528,148 vehicles rolling off production lines, latest figures have shown. More

23/01/15 10:07 | 79 reads | News

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I'm an employer.....get me out of here - Mock Employment Tribunal - Worcester - 12/02/2015

Whilst the challenge faced by Claimants and Respondents might not be quite as daunting as those faced by celebrities in the jungle, attending a tribunal hearing can still be a scary prospect. More

21/01/15 15:59 | 52 reads | Events

 Acas Conference - The changing face of employment relations - Solihull - 19/03/2015

Acas Conference - The changing face of employment relations - Solihull - 19/03/2015

Our workplaces are changing; organisations find that they need to work harder than ever to retain their best workers, attract the best talent and get the best from their staff. More

21/01/15 15:46 | 94 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Barclays Business Planning Workshop - Tamworth - 02/03/2015

Start Up Support - Barclays Business Planning Workshop - Tamworth - 02/03/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to start their own business More

21/01/15 15:21 | 83 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Legislation Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 25/02/2015

Start Up Support - Legislation Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 25/02/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to start their own business More

21/01/15 15:13 | 76 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Marketing your Business Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 18/02/2015

Start Up Support - Marketing your Business Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 18/02/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to start their business More

21/01/15 14:42 | 70 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Business Planning Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 11/02/2015

Start Up Support - Business Planning Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 11/02/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to start their own business More

21/01/15 14:32 | 66 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Financial Forecasting Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 04/02/2015

Start Up Support - Financial Forecasting Workshop - Stoke on Trent - 04/02/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to start their own business More

21/01/15 14:20 | 65 reads | Events

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Creative Industries worth £8.8 million an hour to UK economyCreative Industries worth £8.8 million an hour to UK economy

New figures published today reveal that the UK’s Creative Industries, which includes the film, television and music industries, are now worth £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy. More

21/01/15 12:06 | 71 reads | News

Risk Assessment -  Stoke-on-Trent - 25/02/2015Risk Assessment - Stoke-on-Trent - 25/02/2015

A continuous practical exercise, enabling delegates to understand the basic principles of risk assessment. More

21/01/15 10:41 | 47 reads | Events

Internal Auditing Workshop - Penkhull - 02/02/2015Internal Auditing Workshop - Penkhull - 02/02/2015

This interactive and informal workshop will involve discussion and practice designed to provide introductory level knowledge and skills, which will assist delegates in beginning to undertake audits within their organisations. More

21/01/15 10:29 | 58 reads | Events

£1.5m nuclear support fund set to boost West Midlands manufacturers£1.5m nuclear support fund set to boost West Midlands manufacturers

A £1.5m support boost has been unveiled to help West Midlands manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the growing nuclear sector. More

21/01/15 09:07 | 73 reads | News

Government Start-Up Scheme Hits MilestoneGovernment Start-Up Scheme Hits Milestone

Almost £130m has been lent to fledgling companies under the government's Start Up Loan scheme, new data has shown. More

19/01/15 09:24 | 162 reads | News

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015Introduction to Lean Manufacturing - Birmingham - 24/03/2015

Lean principles can offer huge benefits to your business and significantly change the operational aspects.This event is free of charge for West Midlands based SME Manufacturers More

15/01/15 11:04 | 99 reads | Events

Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015Are you missing a huge business opportunity? - Birmingham - 11/03/2015

When your products are sold do you simply wave them goodbye as they leave? Could you add more value, keep your customers happy and improve your bottom-line. This event is free of charge for West Midlands based SME Manufacturers More

15/01/15 10:59 | 99 reads | Events

Manufacturers essential guide to successful purchasing - Birmingham - 26/02/2015Manufacturers essential guide to successful purchasing - Birmingham - 26/02/2015

Getting your purchasing right can significantly improve the profitability and competitiveness of your business. This event is free of charge for West Midlands based SME Manufacturers More

15/01/15 10:53 | 90 reads | Events

ISO 14001: 2015 - Workshop – How is it going to affect you? - Birmingham  - 13/02/2015ISO 14001: 2015 - Workshop – How is it going to affect you? - Birmingham - 13/02/2015

The new updated ISO 14001: 2015 standard is being released and this is an opportunity to learn how it will effect your business and how to update to satisfy the requirements. This event is free of charge to West Midlands SME Mmanufacturers More

15/01/15 10:20 | 88 reads | Events

Burton & District Chamber Breakfast - Goal Setting - Burton upon Trent - 05/02/2015Burton & District Chamber Breakfast - Goal Setting - Burton upon Trent - 05/02/2015

Our Guest Speaker Cas Francis from the Motivational Organisation “Inspire Me”. With years of experience as an ex Regimental Sergeant Major in the Royal Corps of Signals and since leaving the Army, a Business Executive with considerable practical experience of Leadership and Team work in various International companies. More

12/01/15 17:16 | 107 reads | Events

Discover the Formula for Sales Success in 2015 - Penkridge - 04/02/2015Discover the Formula for Sales Success in 2015 - Penkridge - 04/02/2015

Sales is the lifeline for most companies and organisations, yet it's the last thing we work on improving for ourselves or our team. More

12/01/15 16:31 | 70 reads | Events

Start Up Support - Barclays Business Planning Workshop - Tamworth - 02/02/2015Start Up Support - Barclays Business Planning Workshop - Tamworth - 02/02/2015

Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to become self-employed. More

12/01/15 15:59 | 234 reads | Events

Staffs Companies Boost Export SalesStaffs Companies Boost Export Sales

Staffordshire companies have reported a surge in overseas sales, a new survey by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has revealed. More

12/01/15 09:30 | 91 reads | News

Positive trade and manufacturing figures show that pessimism over the economy is overdonePositive trade and manufacturing figures show that pessimism over the economy is overdone

Commenting on the November 2014 figures for manufacturing and trade published today by the ONS, Chris Plant, Director of Burton & District Chamber said: “The latest trade and manufacturing figures were better than most analysts expected and support the more positive assessment of the UK economy conveyed in the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey published yesterday. More

09/01/15 12:35 | 103 reads | Opinion

Manufacturers Must Target Sustainable Growth - BCCManufacturers Must Target Sustainable Growth - BCC

Manufacturing and services companies are well placed to expand in 2015 and must aim for growth that is sustainable for the long-term, according to the British Chamber of Commerce's (BCC) director general. More

09/01/15 09:11 | 104 reads | Opinion

£6m bid to unlock tourism potential£6m bid to unlock tourism potential

Tourism leaders are bidding for European cash to support a multi-million pound programme to bring more visitors to the county reports Stoke Sentinel More

07/01/15 11:06 | 106 reads | News

Manufacturers temper optimism as trading conditions coolManufacturers temper optimism as trading conditions cool

Manufacturers’ bullish expectations at the beginning of 2014 have eased back, leaving firms cautiously confident as they head into 2015, according to a new study. More

05/01/15 09:29 | 53 reads | News

Aston University launches new small businesses support programmeAston University launches new small businesses support programme

A new programme to support small businesses across the West Midlands has been launched by the Aston Centre for Growth at Aston University. More

24/12/14 09:47 | 92 reads | News

Government funding support to SMEs welcomed by EEFGovernment funding support to SMEs welcomed by EEF

The release of the first £2.5m of £10m of matched funding through the Government’s Employer Ownership Fund to SMEs has been welcomed by the EEF. More

18/12/14 11:51 | 144 reads | News

Black Country manufacturers put out the warning signsBlack Country manufacturers put out the warning signs

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey report for the Black Country paints a bleak picture of the manufacturing sector. More

18/12/14 11:13 | 143 reads | News