Driving growth and prosperity


Business Support

Starting a business

Starting a business is extraordinarily rewarding and straightforward with support form our advisors. Whether you need some inspiration for an idea, help with setting up your company or general business advice, we can help. Just call one of our specialist business advisers on 01952 567589 or contact us using our online enquiry form.

We’ve already helped 100’s of start-ups, give us a call and pick our brains!


Running a business

There are so many facets to running a business and being signposted to the right expert or advice is always useful. Our team of specialist business advisers are your link to any area of business support. So if you’re looking to export, expand, move premises, build your own premises, innovate, or need information on relevant events or training, we’re here to help.

Please phone us on 01952 567589 or contact us using our online enquiry form.


Skills support

As one of the fastest growing towns in the UK Telford has the ability to react to the ever changing needs of businesses.

Part of this is understanding that a skilled workforce is essential to driving growth and increasing productivity and we are aware of the challenges faced by you.

We want to make employment and skills simpler for our local businesses, through our Skills for Growth initiative.

Helping businesses navigate the vast amount of support that exists we will create bespoke solutions for your current and future skills needs.


Finance and funding

There are numerous grant and support options available to Telford companies to assist with their development.

There are business support advisors to help you through the process of applying for funding from start to finish. Come and discuss your expansion plans with us and we will find the right grant for you (eligibility criteria will apply)

The following is a brief summary of a number of key support options:

Business Growth Programme (BGP) aims to support supply chains, innovation and expansion by offering grant support of £10,000 to £167,000 (eligibility criteria applies) to existing business-to-business small to medium enterprises who are ready to invest, grow and create jobs.

BGP comprises 4 funds:

  • Business Development to support expansion, relocation and improve access to markets.
  • Business Innovation to support “close to market” products and services.
  • Green Bridge targets existing supply chain companies operating in, or expanding into the green economy, demonstrating quantifiable green benefits (energy efficiency, waste management, recycling and renewables).
  • High Speed 2 targets existing supply chain companies, which have, or are in the process of securing, or have the ability to secure a contract for HS2.

The funds, subject to eligibility criteria, can support a range of capital and revenue expenditure.

Other grants available

  • Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) could help identify significant savings in energy use – a major business expense. The scheme offers an initial assessment of equipment, premises, processes and performance to improve energy efficiency and help reduce carbon emissions. Furthermore, you may be able to access grant funding (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Wolverhampton University’s Innovative Product Support Service (IPSS) provides SMEs with technical and commercial reviews of their innovative products and processes (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Wolverhampton University’s Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) seeks to take products to market by getting new technology or innovations in to houses through access to workshops, knowledge transfer, product development planning, mentoring, knowledge transfer etc (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Marches Building Investment Grant – provides capital grants to businesses ranging from £4,500 to £100,000 to refurbish, reconfigure and extend commercial premises in the Marches LEP area. Grant assistance is also offered to qualifying landlords and tenants wishing to bring redundant buildings back into economic use (eligibility criteria applies)
  • The Marches Broadband Grant - grants are available between £7,000 and £25,000 to pay for bespoke solutions that will allow businesses to benefit from superfast fibre broadband connection (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Marches Coaching & Mentoring Programme FREE support for individuals who want to start their own business, for new and established SMEs who wish to improve performance, and also for growing businesses. This fund has been designed locally in order to address the specialist needs.

Find out more today... see how available business support options can assist with your business development activities.

Contact our Funding team now enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk or call 01952 567589.


The Growth Hub, Telford & Wrekin

The Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin is your ‘one stop shop’ for support. Funded by Telford & Wrekin Council, The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Wolverhampton it is located at the university’s Telford Innovation Campus, Priorslee.

As well as being home to our business support services the Growth Hub building also offers local business facilities which include:

The Visualisation Centre (capacity 25-35)

  • Fully air conditioned suite.
  • Video wall with Windows 7 and Office 2010.
  • 3 x interactive communication zone PCs.
  • 2 x interactive smart-boards.
  • Lectern lighting control.
  • An immersive zone of 3 large screens.
Price £80 half day | £150 full day.

Board Room (capacity 8)

  • The boardroom includes a smart-board and access to mobile.
  • Touch table.

Price £40 half day | £60 full day.

Meeting Pod (capacity 6)

  • The meeting room includes a white wall for projection.
  • Refreshment options available on request.

Price £30 half day | £40 full day.

Hotdesking

We offer a menu of flexible options for co-working space for freelancers, home-based businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs. Take advantage of the facilities and the business support

Membership – from £80 + VAT pcm.

For more information please phone Jennie on 01952 567589 or contact us using our online enquiry form.