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Free places for 200 SMEs at Growth Hub 'cost-of-business' expo

Free places for 200 SMEs at Growth Hub 'cost-of-business' expo

Businesses have been invited to a free business expo to learn more about reducing costs, saving on energy use, and recruiting more effectively.

  • Day-long conference will address cost challenges facing local businesses
  • Space available for business service providers to showcase offers of free support
  • Business Gateway Growth Hub arranging speakers, workshops, and more

Delegates will be able to build networks and gain business support advice at the event being staged by the Business Gateway Growth Hub next month.

Its purpose is to signpost business owners to available support, whilst also providing practical tools and tips to help manage the current cost of doing business crisis.

Businesses can register now to attend the one-day conference, which will take place in Leicester in April.

The expo is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire which are looking for tools, tips, and information as they head into the new financial year.

Glynis Wright MBE and Sonia Baigent, both Members of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Board, will host the event.

Subjects to be covered are set to include:

  • What small businesses need to know about saving on energy costs
  • Effective recruitment, onboarding, and engagement of employees
  • Navigating debt and maintaining financial resilience
  • Leadership in challenging times
  • An anonymised Q&A session offering free practical advice to your questions.

Sonia Baigent, Chair of the LLEP’s Business Board, said:

“The LLEP’s recently-published Business Tracker survey showed us that local SMEs are concerned about recruitment, skills, and inflation.

“This event will provide opportunities to learn more about the support available and will also include a marketplace for business owners to network with local business support providers and other businesses.”

The expo, which is provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), takes place at the Morningside Arena, in Leicester, from 8am to 3.30pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.

Organisers are planning space for up to 200 businesses to attend. Free refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Business support providers are also invited to set up stands and speak with delegates.

However, support providers must have a free business offer for delegates to take up after the event.

Speakers and a full agenda will be published in due course.

Anyone with accessibility or dietary requirements, can email prior to the event.

The Business Gateway Growth Hub is part-funded by the ERDF.

It is delivered by a partnership that includes Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP)

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