Hello and welcome to the first Growth Hub newsletter of 2022, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year from myself and the team at the Growth Hub.
I’m joining you today from the Kiln, in Worcester City Centre having just been to visit the Worcestershire Growth Hub’s new offices. So, the Kiln will be our new neighbours and we will be opening the new offices hopefully before the end of February in Worcester City Centre. We are really excited because businesses will be able to come and visit us and have face to face meetings and really get to know the Growth Hub better.
I’ve really enjoyed working from the Kiln today and one of the reasons is because I just get to surround myself with such innovative businesses and actually innovation is a theme of our newsletter today. I’ve got two really exciting events to tell you about, one which celebrates innovation within our county and another one that is free support to help businesses become more innovative and to use digital technology to do that.
So, the first event is the BetaDen showcase. BetaDen is our technology accelerator here in the county and what BetaDen does is nourish and grow between 8-10 businesses within Worcestershire on their technological journey. They are developing products and services and its really exciting. What the showcase will show you is what the latest cohort of businesses have been working on and offers you an opportunity to think about how you might want to collaborate with these innovative businesses. This event is on the 20th of January and the link is on the screen now.
The second event is linked to our Elevate technology programme, so that’s a programme of support available by the Growth Hub. The event taking place on the 1st of February just gives you a bit of an overview about the programme, but also how you can utilise digital to accelerate the growth of your business.
As well as those events, some other key dates for your diary. First being Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Business Expo. This is one of the leading business expos in the county and is a great opportunity for you to network with other businesses and out find out about the services they offer. This event is at the Three Counties Showground and is taking place on the 10th of March. Links to this are on the page.
The Growth Hub team working with their partners Ormerod Rutter, will be delivering two financial advice and support webinars. One which will be looking at research in development tax credits and one that will be going and dispelling the myth, helping and offering support around VAT.
Finally, I’m delighted to inform you that following the success of our specialist advisor programme, we are branching out now and bringing in a new recruit to the team. That is an organisation that can offer advice around the recruitment and retention of staff. We know this is a bit of a problem for businesses at the moment, so this team of people will be able to work with you and your business to look at strategies for recruitment and also look at keyways that you can motivate your staff and retain your staff to stay with your organization.
This again, as well as all of our specialist advisor support, is free to access, and at the moment this is only available until the end of March. So, if it’s something you think you’re interested in, I urge you to get in touch with the Growth Hub, the information is on the screen.
Thank you for listening, we look forward to seeing you in February and hopefully we will meet you at some of the events I mentioned.