Introduction to: Walsall Council Business Growth Team

07 Jan 2022

Published in: Member News

Walsall Council's Business Growth Team supports businesses of all shapes and sizes across the borough...

Walsall Council’s Business Growth Team supports businesses of all shapes and sizes across the borough.

Whether you’ve got the seed of an idea or have been trading for many years, we can help to support you.

How do we do that?

- Find Suitable Sites & Premises
Using our internal systems, we can provide expert advice on the best locations, available sites and premises

- Explore Grants & Funding
You’ll have access to a dedicated team with experience in national and regional grants and funding

- Innovation & Diversification
We can help make introductions to universities and other innovative, forward-thinking organisations

- Employment & Skills Support
We’ll link you up with our award winning Employment & Skills team to assist with your recruitment and training requirements.

- Access to Wider Local Authority Support
We'll help you to access colleagues from various departments, including: Highways, Planning, Licensing, Regulatory Services, External Funding and more.

What does that look like in practice? Well, in 2021...

Our approach to supporting local businesses was multi-pronged and included supporting growing businesses through our AIM for GOLD programme, hosting a number of virtual events, including our Regeneration focused event during the 2021 Black Country Business Festival, providing bespoke 1-2-1 support, playing an important role on the hosting of Stage Two of the 2021 Women’s Tour of Britain bicycle race, delivering our Business Outreach programme (that saw us engage with business on Industrial estates across Walsall Wood, Aldridge and Brownhills), and in partnership with local partners providing covid-19 specific support to businesses.

The team have supported hundreds of local businesses this year including pre-starts, start-up’s, strategic companies, and foreign owned firms. In terms of the aforementioned AIM for GOLD programme, the team has helped local SME’s secure in access of £200k in ERDF grants, with matched private sector investment exceeding £400k. AIM for GOLD continues to be one of most popular business support programmes.

Premises searches and relocation support forms an important part of the teams’ reactive engagement; with enquiries serviced through our growing network of local and national agents, property owners, landlords, and data held on our purpose built CRMS.

Working alongside external partners such as, the Black Country Growth Hub, West Midlands Growth Company, BC LEP, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Best of Walsall, Walsall College, and Gone Fishing we will continue in 2022 to deliver bespoke support to businesses from every sector in Walsall.

To start the conversation about how Walsall Council's Business Growth Team can help to support your business, email business@walsall.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter @B2BWalsall or LinkedIn by searching Walsall Council Business Growth Team.

Submitted by Daniel from Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
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