Get Ahead in Business at Free Workshop

Drayton Manor hotel, the venue for the free event

Drayton Manor hotel, the venue for the free event

A workshop to help businesses in Tamworth and Lichfield find much-needed funding is being run at Drayton Manor Hotel next month.

The event, organised by Tamworth and Lichfield local authorities on behalf of the Business Development Programme, will highlight cash that is available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are planning to expand and create jobs.

The Business Development Programme (BDP) provides match funding of up to £15,000 for established and eligible SMEs looking to grow their business.

Although the programme has already passed the £1 million mark in grants and match funding, money is still available for eligible SMEs. The workshop, being held at the Park View Suite, at the Drayton Manor Hotel on Tuesday October 1, will help business owners find vital funding for their operations.

The programme, which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund, will run until June 2015 and businesses across the whole of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area can still apply.

Businesses must be a small to medium enterprise (SME), been trading for more than six months and have expansion plans ready to implement that will safeguard existing jobs or create new ones. As well as the financial assistance scheme, the BDP has launched a coaching and mentoring scheme called Great 200 Leaders. Representatives will be on hand at the event to talk through this programme in more detail.

The event begins with breakfast and registration at 8.45am for a 9.30am start. James Roberts, economic and development enterprise manager for Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council will introduce the event. After receiving more information about the programme, attendees will have the chance to network, as well as to receive advice on potential funding in one-to-one sessions. The event runs until 1pm and is free to attend.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council Cabinet member for Economy, said, “Many businesses in Tamworth and Lichfield may not know that this funding is available to them, and the purpose of this event is to get the message across to as many eligible businesses as possible.

“The free workshop will make them aware of the scheme and provide help to those businesses who have plans to expand. We would urge small and medium-sized enterprises to attend this event to discover how they can benefit.”

Places can be booked by calling 01827 709 382.

For more information about the programme please visit http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bdp or to apply for the coaching and mentoring scheme visit: http://www.winningmoves.com/G200L.

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