Tamworth and Lichfield Host Think Local 4 Business Show

think local 4 businessA free event to help businesses across Tamworth Borough and Lichfield District access to support, advice, mentoring and funding will take place on 6 March.

This spring’s Think Local 4 Business Show is being held at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Thursday 6 March 2014.  The free event, which is being organised by Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District, marks the tenth anniversary of the successful business show initiative.

From free expert advice and business support, through to seminars to help build skills in sales, marketing, finance and general business, Think Local 4 Business shows are packed full of ideas to help people grow and develop their businesses.  And, with more than 30 stalls available on the day, and over 100 expected delegates, they are a fantastic way for businesses to network and build important contacts.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Development, said, “The Think Local 4 Business Shows are always a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get free advice and support, as well as the chance to develop new skills by attending free seminars in sales, marketing, finance and general business.

“In addition to the range of advice and support, the Burntwood event will offer unrivalled access to information about vital funding that could be available to local businesses to help make their expansion plans a reality.”

At the show, local businesses can also find out more about the exciting newly extended Business Development Programme (BDP), which provides match funding of up to £15,000 for established and eligible small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that are looking to grow their business.

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 Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) can apply, which includes Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough.

Qualifying SMEs must have been trading for more than six months, and have expansion plans ready to implement that will safeguard existing jobs or create new ones.

Councillor Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said, “The Business Development Fund is providing vital funding for small businesses and this event will give important information to those who could be eligible.  Initiatives such as these make a real difference to small and medium businesses and I would urge people attend to find out what help and assistance is available.”

Local businesses will also be able to find out about a coaching and mentoring scheme called Great200Leaders.  The initiative aims to help more than 400 qualifying existing small and medium-sized businesses implement growth and expansion plans through mentoring and support.  It has received £3.9m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is also available to businesses throughout the GBSLEP area.

The Think Local for Business Show is on Thursday 6 March, from 9am to 4pm.  It is free for businesses to attend.  Free places can be booked by calling 0191 426 6381 or, for further details, visit www.thinklocal4business-show.co.uk.

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

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