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Support and advice

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. We have more small businesses than ever, and critically, more businesses are surviving the difficult first two years – more than most other places in the UK.  This is of course in part due to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub. Led by the county council as the accountable body on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership, over 4,000 businesses have been signposted over 10,000 times to advice and support, with the same again receiving more in-depth, and one to one support.

If you can't find what you're looking for on these pages try our Business Directory which links you with other business support providers and networking opportunities.

Starting up and general business advice

Call the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Business Helpline 0300 111 8002 - the single point of contact for expert business advice and signposting to a wide range of business support. If you're unemployed and aged between 18 and 30 or if you're over 50 and hoping to progress your business ideas, the Prince's Trust may be able to help you.

Accommodation

We have a range of land and accommodation including office units and workshops available on flexible terms which are ideal for start-up businesses.

Think2

Free childcare is good for business and we are offering up to 15 hours per week free childcare places for two year olds from any Staffordshire family on Working Tax Credit whos household income is less than £16,190. It's called Think2.

Relocation and expansion

If you are new to the area or already here visit  Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire or call 0300 111 8005 for help with identifying the right property or land and for support with skills and recruitment.

Business loans

We work in partnership to provide business loans from £10,000 to £50,000 to businesses which are unable to access finance from banks.  Visit BCRS or call 0345 3138410 to find out if you are eligible.

Selling products and services abroad

We work with UKTI and various partners to support businesses interested in exploring their opportunities to trade overseas.  Visit our exporting homepage for more details and useful information gained from prior events.  Furthermore, Open To Export may also be able to provide additional help and support with your exporting plans.   

Environmental management

Find out how you can improve your environmental management by visiting the Staffordshire Business and Environment Network ( SBEN) or call 01785 277379

Promoting your business

Destination Staffordshire works in partnership with tourism businesses and public sector organisations to grow the tourism economy to make Staffordshire a better place to live, work and visit!

Health and safety support

Information and contact details for further advice on Health and Safety.

Health and safety support for schools

Health and Safety, Occupational Health Support and Design and Technology advice for business

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