Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

East Anglia: NWES chief Kevin Horne backs Government Growth Voucher Scheme

12:38 27 January 2014

Kevin Horne of  NWES.

Kevin Horne of NWES.

Archant

The head of East Anglia-based enterprise agency NWES is playing a leading role in a Government initiative offering £30million of support for business.

The Growth Voucher Scheme aims to help small firms find the advice and support they need to achieve their growth potential, representing an attempt to fill a perceived void left since the coalition scrapped Business Link in 2012 by shifting the emphasis to more targeted support.

It follows a separate growth hub initiative from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk and Norfolk chambers of commerce which seeks to provide focused advice and support to small and medium sized firms in the Greater Norwich and Ipswich areas as part of the City Deals initiative.

Kevin Horne, chief executive of NWES, which is also the lead sponsor of the EADT’s Future50 initiative for up-and-coming businesses, is attending a launch event today at 10 Downing Street in his role as chairman of the Cavendish Consortium, a group including six of the largest enterprise agencies across England, and the National Enterprise Network.

Over the next 15 months the Growth Vouchers scheme, which is part of a trial research initiative, will test what works best when giving advice to business.

Small businesses will receive free advice to help them assess their needs and most participants will be offered match funding of up to £2,000 to access strategic advice through the Enterprise Nation online marketplace of accredited private suppliers.

Mr Horne said: “With over 30 years’ experience of delivering excellence in enterprise support to small businesses and business start-ups, the NWES team alongside our partners in the Cavendish Consortium are looking forward to offering the guidance business owners need to make the most of the opportunity offered by the Growth Vouchers scheme to take their businesses towards greater success.”

Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk, said: “Access to high quality business advice at the right time can make the difference for small business owners aiming to realise their ambitions. Whether it is growth, moving into new markets or hiring more staff, there is a wealth of expertise available to small businesses.

“Growth Vouchers will allow us to find out scientifically what advice small businesses value, and to shape government advice in the future according to business need.”

Businesses that seek advice are more likely to grow and we want to help them access the support they need. Growth vouchers offer expert advice under the themes of raising finance and managing cash flow; recruiting and developing staff; improving leadership and management skills; marketing, attracting and keeping customers; and making the most of digital technology.”

0 comments

Binge-drinker's night out ban

A binge-drinking plasterer has been banned from going out on Fridays and Saturdays after assaulting a police officer while being drunk and disorderly.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Readers have shared their Pigs Gone Wild selfies and family photos as the trail reaches its final few days in Ipswich

We will miss them when they are gone but there are still seven days left to see the pigs in situ around Ipswich town centre.

Ipswich Crown Court

A dishonest Ipswich man who was caught by police after his DNA was found at the scene of two break-ins and a theft has been jailed for 20 months.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorcyclist has been injured in a crash which blocked a road on the Suffolk/Norfolk border today.

And indicative perspective of what a new retirement homes on the 30 Lower Brook Street site, might look like.
Development plans are going out for consultation.
The site is currently Archant's newspaper offices.

A public exhibition will give local residents Ipswich residents the opportunity to view and comment on McCarthy and Stone’s preliminary proposals to redevelop land between Lower Brook Street and Turret Lane.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suffolk Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing from Ipswich.

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Fire crews have been called to help a young pony that has become trapped in a ditch in Palgrave, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

The Red Arrows were able to complete a shortened display at the Clacton Airshow.

For almost everyone it was the perfect summer day on the beach – blue skies immediately above, temperatures in the high 20s, warm sea water.

Liverpool Street station

London’s Liverpool Street train station has been evacuated following reports of a suspicious package.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24