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Welcome to Signpost 2 Grow

Signpost 2 Grow is here to connect your business to the help, support and funding you need to grow. Covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland and Uttlesford in Essex, the team are here to help.

If you’ve got an idea, but aren’t sure where to start, have been trading for a while and are thinking of taking on your first staff member, or need funding support to purchase an asset to expand production capacity – Signpost 2 Grow can point you in the right direction.

Try the Business Support Search tool if you know what type of advice you’re looking for, or have a browse through the site if you’re after more general information. There are also helpful Resources links at the end of each section.

There’s a wealth of information and support out there for businesses. Signpost 2 Grow is about bringing all of the options available together in one place – making it easier for you find and access the right advice and assistance to help your business grow.

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#GrowthHubs work with a range of local and national partners making things work better locally for businesses

Online Workplace Compliance Training

23/02/2017

Menta are offering a variety of comprehensive online training courses to local businesses.

HMRC Live Webinar: Payroll – Annual Reporting and Tasks

24/03/2017

HMRC run a series of webinars each month, centred around specific topics.
This webinar is designed for employers who use the Basic PAYE Tools although employers using other software may also find it useful as the end of year processes are similar regardless of the system used.

Global Business Network

28/03/2017

Currently confirming this month’s guest speaker who will be providing a short presentation at 5.15pm. Please check back nearer the time for updates or register for an email reminder below and we will send you details a few days before the event.

The Secrets of Scaling Up – How to Grow Your Business in a Fast-Moving World

28/03/2017

Join Cambridge Cleantech, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdonshire District Council and KPMG for this breakfast event.  Hear personal success stories from business leaders about how they have grown their companies and about the trials and tribulations of scaling up.

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Making schools work for their communities

10 Mar, 2017

The conference, which will explore the Trusts’ collective roles in shaping the educational landscape across Cambridgeshire, takes place on:
Tuesday 28th March 2017
9.30am – 1.00pm
(Followed by lunch and networking until 2.00pm)
At the Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF
Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, is the keynote speaker.

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Business benefits of taking on an Apprentice

07 Mar, 2017

We have asked some leading experts in the fields of apprenticeships what the key business benefits of taking on an apprentice are, and here is what they said…
Phil Stittle, Director of Business Development at West Suffolk College

Apprentices bring new ideas, passion and energy to the organisation
Apprentices increase productivity
Apprentices help address the ageing workforce issue (allows the passing of skills and knowledge to the apprentice)
Apprentices allow your organisation to grow
Apprentices receive high quality training which is supported by Government funding

Luke Minshall, Senior Recruitment Executive at 3aaa

Grow your team while keeping staff costs down – the average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week
Make hiring simpler and cheaper – high-quality training providers help you with the entire process: recruiting an apprentice, customising a training programme, accessing funding and much, much more
Develop new recruit to meet your needs – 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses
Flexibility for existing employees – free up your existing workforce so they can do what they do best
Give your team new skills and energy – 96% of apprentice employers say they are beneficial to their business

If these reasons aren’t enough to motivate you, then why not listen to the experience of a former apprentice who has seen first-hand what the business benefits are.

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Outward looking: Growth Hubs Month

06 Mar, 2017

The Growth Hub team recently held one of its quarterly network events with the aim of engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Growth Hubs to gain their views on the Industrial Strategy and Entrepreneurship Review.

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When is an entrepreneur, not an entrepreneur?

27 Feb, 2017

However, do we even understand what the word entrepreneur means, or its bedfellow ‘innovative’?
There are many definitions, but for me, it is quite simply someone who can connect the world around them with what they already know, and come up with something which solves a problem.