Marches Growth Hub brings business advice to Oswestry

October 17, 2016

Advice on apprenticeships, export and digital marketing are all on offer at a special business support event in Oswestry next month.
The Marches Growth Hub, which provides a single point of access to business support information in the region, is hosting the day long session on November 10 to coincide with the UKTI Exporting Week.
It will be held at Oswestry Cricket Club and feature seven guest speakers, following on from the Oswestry Chamber breakfast event.
Paul Hinkins, Chairman of the Marches Growth Hub, said: “This will be the third outreach event the team from Marches Growth Hub Shropshire has organised following seminars and workshops in Bridgnorth and Bishops Castle which proved to be very useful to businesses.
“Although all the advice and support we can offer is available online via the Marches Growth Hub, our helpline, or at one of the physical hubs, we hope that the outreach day will highlight to businesses in the Oswestry area what help is available to them and allow them to tap into the wealth of support that is out there.
“The sessions will tackle a variety of issues that are relevant to businesses and equip them with the knowledge they need to help their organisations grow and thrive.
“And the special tie-in with the Department of International Trade will be invaluable to people wanting to explore and develop new markets overseas.”
Guest speaker Norman Rikunenko will focus on how trade benefits the UK economy and why businesses should be exporting. He will also be examining the perceived barriers to exporting and how DiT can help.
As part of the Marches Growth Hub’s #GetDigital campaign, Hatcher Solicitors will be speaking on the legal aspects of social media which employers should be considering and West Mercia Police will be addressing business concerns about the dangers of digital footprints.
The Marches Growth Hub has a comprehensive business support website at and a dedicated enquiry line on 0345 6000 727.
Face to face advice, meeting space and business support is available at hubs in Shrewsbury and Telford.
To book tickets:
10.30 – Amy Farley – Marches Growth Hub
Introduction of the Marches Growth Hub and what is on offer.
10.40 – Jonathan Britten – University Centre Shrewsbury
An overview of University Centre Shrewsbury and how businesses can access the support on offer.
11.00 – Colin Thaw – SBC Training
Apprenticeships and the apprentice levy – how will this affect you?
12.00 – Digital Advisor
Social media and business overview.
12.30 – Charmaine Woolley – West Mercia Police
What digital footprint do you leave online?
13.00 – 13.30 Break
13.30 – Ian Follington – Business Doctors Shropshire
How engaged are your staff and why does it matter?
14.30 – Norman Rikunenko – Department of International Trade
How trade benefits the UK economy and why export? Perceived barriers to exporting and what you need to consider. What is the DiT and how can it help?
15.30 – Hatchers
Trading online and are you prepared and dealing with social media in the workplace?

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

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