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Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth Hub

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National Enterprise Network welcomed visitors to their annual conference held in a vibrant and lively hotel overlooking Manchester’s vivacious city centre on Wednesday 19th September 2012
The annual conference is an event that brings people together for mutual support, education and inspiration. This year’s conference was exceptionally important to National Enterprise Network because it also celebrated 20 years of the company’s dedication in representing members and supporting the development of enterprise.

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Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth Hub

  1. 1. Greater Manchester LEP and theBusiness Growth HubRichard JefferyDirector of Business GrowthConnecting people, creating opportunities
  2. 2. LEPs offer a new platform for business engagement a new radical way of delivering prosperity and rebalancing the economy. Eric Pickles GM’s LEP came into being on 1 April 2011 and provides (in close partnership with the GM Combined Authority) strategic leadership in nine areas:• Employment and Skills • Marketing and Tourism• Business Support for • Developing New Investment New and Growth Models to Support Growth Businesses • Low Carbon Economy• Science and Innovation • Planning, Housing and Transport• Inward Investment and • Research and Strategy International Trade Development
  3. 3. Membership: Solid Basis for Private Sector EngagementNine senior private sector members:Mike Blackburn (LEP Chair) - BT Scott Fletcher – ANS GroupKeith Johnston – Addleshaw Goddard Ken Knott – Ask Developments Group LtdPeter Marks – Co-operative Group Neil McArthur –Talk Talk TechnologyRoger Milburn – Ove Arup & Partners Ltd Alison Tumilty –Rathbone Training LtdProfessor Dame Nancy Rothwell – University of ManchesterFour Public Sector Members (Chair & three Vice Chairs of AGMA/Combined Authority)Lord Peter Smith (Wigan) Cllr Matthew College (Trafford)Sir Richard Leese (Manchester ) Cllr Sue Derbyshire (Stockport)Ex-Officio MembersNick Johnson, (Urban Splash) Chair of Strategic Board for Marketing, Communications and TourismMichael Oglesby, (Bruntwood) Chair of Strategic Board for Business Growth, Trade and Investment
  4. 4. GM LEP: Key Achievements to date• played an active role in establishing the GM Employment & Skills Partnership - bringing together the GM’s local authorities, colleges, training providers & private sector representatives• developed (with the GMCA) an investment framework to align & maximise the economic impact of core funds (Regional Growth Fund, Growing Places Fund, ERDF, the North West Evergreen Fund & private sector funding)• established (with the GMCA) of the Airport City Enterprise Zone - 116 hectare site is forecast to create 7,500 jobs• supporting GM’s City Deal negotiations• established a business-led Growth Hub to integrate Government- led programmes for business support with locally delivered activity to integrate trade, investment and business support services
  5. 5. Supported by Greater Manchester LEPPlus over 100 private and public partners
  6. 6. The Growth Hub network… why do it and who is it for?• Changing national policy – Govt policy focused on a narrower range of businesses (20% growth) – Focus on fewer tools• In response North West LEPs developing Hubs to: – Stimulate business growth & employment across the NW – Act as a magnet for growth businesses• Typical Clients – Senior decision maker / owner of the business – Looking /ready to make a step change; aspirations to grow Connecting people, creating opportunities
  7. 7. What we do. Business growth Hub community Customers Business Growth Hub Ambitious Growth Core growth services Growth businesses Specialist partners Private sector and public professional servicesConnecting people, creating opportunities
  8. 8. How we do it. Engagement Phone Online Face to face routes Business Twitter Business Growth Growth Lunch assessment Market Linkedin groups stimulation Workshops / Growth planning events Blogs Referral to Hub Growth groupsIdentification activities /of businesses partners Growthometer 1:1 Mentoring with growth potential Relationship Website management information Business advice Connecting people, creating opportunities
  9. 9. Working with the national programmes • UKTI closely aligned with the Hub • Internationalisation as route to growth • Responsible for delivery of both services • Close working with local partners • Promotion and two way referrals • Joint ERDF bid • MAS aligned with Hub offer • NW delivery partner • Joint ERDF bidConnecting people, creating opportunities
  10. 10. Aligned with local programmes • A2F offered across NW • Funded via ERDF and local partners • Alternative Business Finance • Additional £5m of RGF2 will lever further £8m for <£50k debt-finance • NW Resource efficiency programme • Working closely with local partners (BlueStart-up offer Orchid, universities, etc.) • Start up loans for young people Connecting people, creating opportunities
  11. 11. Next steps• Referral building; in and out• Enhance registrations and increase enquiries• Implement City Deal / ERDF programmes• Build network with other emerging hubs• Exposure for success stories; visibility through media• Update intelligence on potential growth businesses• Survey of over 2,000 businesses• Implement evaluation framework Hear from you; input welcomed Connecting people, creating opportunities
  12. 12. Contact us to find out more! Phone: 0161 359 3050 Email: info@businessgrowthhub.com @bizgrowthhu b Business Growth Hub Connecting people, creating opportunities

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