Business Support Schemes

We work in partnership with a variety of organisations to deliver business support schemes in the area. Some of those are detailed below as part of a list of useful sources of advice, training and funding schemes for businesses. Please visit the individual websites for up-to-date information on help that may be available.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub
The Growth Hub is the single point of contact for business advice, funding and support for any business across Greater Birmingham, including Tamworth. It brings together all services and partners offering business support in the region through a web portal and expert advisers.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP)
The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) was set up to help strengthen local economies, encourage economic development and enterprise, and improve skills across the region, including Tamworth.

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Skills hub
This service works with businesses to understand their training and skills needs and assist them in finding the right provision to support those needs. Specialist advisors can help employers navigate government initiatives including Plan for Jobs and apprenticeships.

Stoke-On-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub
The Growth Hub acts as the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.

Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
This brings businesses and local authorities together to drive economic growth, create jobs and raise skills levels.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Skills hub
The Skills Hub actively seeks out businesses looking to upskill their staff, to offer guidance and support by identifying the best training providers to suit requirements.

Staffordshire University
The university has a dedicated service to help SMEs stay up to date with the latest advances in areas such as new product or service development, prototyping, manufacturing and process improvement. Through its Innovation Enterprise Zone, businesses can also benefit from fully-funded innovation projects, rent office space and access funded short courses and apprenticeships.

Birmingham City University (BCU)
Birmingham City University’s business support service, BCU Advantage, helps businesses from all sectors start, grow and innovate. It offers a range of business support programmes, including Higher Level Skills Match which allows businesses to access skills and talent for placements and internships.

Higher Level Skills Match works by identifying the talent requirements in a business and matching this with training opportunities and highly skilled graduates of BCU and partner universities.

Keele University (Keele Gateway)
The Keele Gateway offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses, particularly SMEs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, to access professional and academic support to grow, develop and innovate.

E4F New Start Incubator
Designed to support entrepreneurs in the West Midlands area, E4F New Start invites ambitious founders with a digital or tech business idea to apply. Successful applicants will receive inclusive business support facilitated by the team of expert mentors.

Chambers of Commerce
The Chambers of Commerce is a membership organisation which can help businesses grow their client base through advice, support, networking and workshops. There’s a Lichfield and Tamworth division, which is part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers.

FSB (The Federation of Small Businesses)
This is another membership organisation which provides self-employed and small business members with local support, networking and business services. 

DIT (The Department for International Trade)
This is the government department that helps UK companies grow their export sales. In the West Midlands there are DIT teams located in Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country.

Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust works with 18-to-30-year-olds to turn big business ideas into a reality and has helped over 86,000 young people to start their own ventures.

Arts Council
The Arts Council is the national development agency for creativity and culture. It invests public money from government and The National Lottery to help support the creative sectors through support in growing skills, knowledge and networks.

Enterprise Nation
Whether you’re launching a new business or developing an existing one, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.