It’s a New Year and we’ve got a brand new booster for your business!!

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It’s the start of a new year, so now is the perfect time to make some resolutions about how you are going to move forward with your career.

Perhaps you have been thinking about becoming your own boss and have a great idea for a new business, or if you are already trading, then now is the right time to inject some new direction, skills and money into your business to take it to the next level.

If you don’t act now, before you know it, you’ll quickly be back to doing things the way you’ve always done them and getting the same results. So to help you with your new year resolutions, we are offering a brand new booster to help you make your business dreams a reality. So what better reason do you need to act now? With this business booster package from the Growth Hub, we will work by your side to make 2022 your year for positive change!

Our business booster takes the form of a new, intensive programme of structured business support and grants, funded by the Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and our Local Authority partners, available directly from the CPCA Growth Hub.  If you are an entrepreneur considering starting a business; or have already started, but been trading for less than 3 years with 3 or less staff, and in Peterborough, Huntingdonshire or Fenland local authority areas, you could be eligible for grant funding and strategic business support.

Thinking 2022 is the perfect time to start your business?

Starting a new business can be exciting and rewarding, but it is also full of challenges. With commitment, drive, perseverance and support from the Growth Hub, you can transform your business idea into reality. The advantages of being self-employed  are numerous, including:

  • you are your own boss
  • being able to make your own decisions
  • flexibility around your working days and hours
  • self-fulfilment, making full use of your experience, talents and abilities
  • financial independence

Unless you have experience of running a business, you may need help in areas such as business planning;  Sales and marketing are vital for most new businesses; You may want support to build your self-confidence and credibility. Other areas to consider may include financial management, purchasing and production and information technology. You will also need to understand the costs of setting up your business and being able to meet your existing financial commitments.

Our new business support programme of blended learning and support is designed to help you work through these challenges.  Starting a business can be daunting, but we’re here to help you decide if self-employment and enterprise is right for you. If it is, we’ll take you through the start-up journey and give you all the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to make it a success, and connect you to a great community of new business owners. We also have grants available for start-ups to help you with the initial financing of your business.

Interested? Fill in our simple enquiry form and our business advisors will contact you to with more details of what’s on offer and how to get boosted!

Want to boost your current business to ensure future success?

There’s no doubt that parts of 2021 were challenging for small businesses. But with most of the restrictions put in place as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic largely lifted, there have definitely been some green shoots for small businesses.   In the first half of 2021, the number of new businesses in the UK increased by 14%, well above the global average of only 6%. This wave of entrepreneurialism saw almost 80 new businesses created every hour in the UK, so it’s clear that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are looking to make up for lost time in 2022!

However your small business fared in 2021, it’s a safe bet that many business plans have been altered drastically over the past two years. Timelines and growth projects have been pushed back, future goals have been delayed or, in many cases, completed overhauled, and KPIs may have wavered.  So – the start of the year is the right time to review your business plan and consider the timelines and ambitions that your business is working towards.

What did you learn from 2021 and what do you plan to achieve in 2022?  You may need to reflect on any skills gaps in your team, whether your growth plans for the new year could benefit from more hands or deck or if areas of the business might need to be restructured to improve efficiencies.  During the pandemic, there was a mass consumer movement to online purchasing, so if the digital side of your business isn’t up to scratch, bolstering your online presence needs to be top of your small business new year’s resolutions.  

Running an SME isn’t easy, and with the added uncertainties of the ongoing global pandemic likely to stretch on into 2022, your business needs a trusted adviser to help you boost your business. That’s what our new support programme is designed to do, and can help you to reassess your business plan, and develop strategies for tackling any of the challenges you face, be that upskilling your business, going digital or finding growth finance for future business investment.  Our programme of support aims to increase your confidence, knowledge and skills, secure growth finance, improve your sales, marketing and growth strategies, and ultimately increase your turnover and profitability.

Interested? Fill in our simple enquiry form and our business advisors will contact you to with more details of what’s on offer and how to get boosted!

The new business support and grant programme is funded through HM Government’s Community Renewal Fund and our Local Authority partners, focused on regenerating communities and enabling more people to benefit from economic growth through investment in skills, enterprise and employment.

The Combined Authority and its partners received £2.5m funding from CRF for this new business support and grant programme, which will be delivered across Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdonshire. It will equip new and existing enterprises with the business skills they need for sustainable growth and creating new jobs. The project is also supported and in partnership with Peterborough City Council and Fenland and Huntingdonshire District Councils.

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