Berkshire: Growth Hub launches coronavirus portal

In response to the unprecedented challenges facing businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub has launched a new Coronavirus Information & Resource Portal and free one-to-one advice sessions to further support the local business community.

The new dedicated portal on the Berkshire Growth Hub’s website – www.berkshirebusineshub.co.uk – aims to help businesses of all sizes (including sole-traders and social enterprises) access the support they need quickly and easily. Continually updated, the portal brings together all the latest local and national support available to business owners all in one place. This includes details on the latest financial support schemes, government guidance, sector-specific advice, requests for assistance, online resources and webinars.

For those who need urgent support or have further questions, the Berkshire Growth Hub’s team of business advisers and network of partner experts can also provide one-to-one advice and support by telephone, email and video conferencing. Business owners who would like a free and confidential consultation with a business adviser can email the team at info@berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk or call 01344 388005 to arrange an appointment.

“We are here to help businesses,” explained Martin Hall, Growth Hub manager. “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the county’s economy and it is vital they can access the support and expertise they need during this challenging time.

“As part of our COVID-19 response, we have expanded our team of in-house advisers to provide local businesses with free and impartial advice via telephone and video conferencing. From managing cashflow and finance options to furloughing employees and developing contingency plans, whatever challenges business owners are facing or questions they have, our advisers are here to help.”

Working with its network of partner experts, the Growth Hub is also providing a series of free online advice clinics and webinars. Some of the areas covered include: HR and employment law, IT and remote working, cyber security, finance and funding, accounting, social media and brand communications.

Since it was established in 2014, the Growth Hub has been achieving positive outcomes for small and medium sized companies across Berkshire. It has established a network of over 90 partner organisations, from the private and public sector, to work collaboratively to support the needs of Berkshire SMEs and is working closely with its partners during this challenging period.

Berkshire Growth Hub offers fully funded, impartial support services and expert advice to start-ups and established businesses in Berkshire. The service includes free clinics and masterclasses on a range of business issues, alongside specialist programmes to provide tailored support. A one-stop shop for business advice, the Hub has successfully helped business owners with a range of challenges, including raising finance, improving productivity, increasing profitability, devising growth strategies and building business resilience.

Delivered by Oxford Innovation, the service is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.