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How can we help?

It is essential that your business has constant access to relevant sources of advice and support, in order to help it grow and develop. This may include: General advice to transform your ideas into growth products and services; information on new opportunities; sector specific support and local network connections. So, whatever size, sector, type or location of your business there is support out there for you

Our Economic Development team provides business guidance, grants and a signposting service to appropriate sources of advice and support. There is also a regular Borough Business e-newsletter which offers up-to-date local business information and highlights local support initiatives, latest news items and business related events. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for the newsletter or for more information on any of the above, please contact the Economic Development team.

Business advice contacts

There are a range of business support agencies that drive forward economic development and promote the area as a place to do business, as well as providing access to a variety of advice, training and networking opportunities. These include:

Business West
Local access point to a host of high quality solutions to help businesses prosper and grow.

Entrepreneur Handbook
UK information website providing expert advice and guides on starting and growing a business including sales, finance, marketing and much more.

GFirst LEP Skills Portal
If you are out of work, keen to learn new skills or want to start your own business, the Skills Portal has a range of support to help you. You can find out more about national support, local support and learning opportunities.

GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
Aims to promote a healthy economy and drive sustainable, private sector-led growth and job creation in the county.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Capital Investment Pipeline (CIP)

Working with partners across the county to explore, prepare for and deliver new infrastructure and an improved climate for investment.

Gloucestershire Enterprise
Offers a range of practical advice and training services, designed to help local businesses grow.
A web-based advice service which replaces Business Link and provides the information, advice and support needed to start, maintain and grow a business.

Innovate UK
Innovation agency which aims to promote, support and invest in technology research and development.

UK Trade and Investment

The Department for Business and Trade provides support to help build an international business.

Business continuity advice

We have a duty to provide businesses in our borough with business continuity advice.

Examples of threats to ‘business as usual’ are wide and include IT failure, adverse weather conditions, staff sickness and supply chain disruption. The Gloucestershire local resilience forum website provides useful information on business continuity management for local businesses and voluntary organisations.