New Business Growth Service launched
On 7th December 2014 the Government announced the launch of the Business Growth Service.
NOTE: the Business Growth Service was unexpectedly axed as part of the last spending review (November 2015) - this blog has been kept for archive reaons.
The new service will be an amalgamation of Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) schemes and will also include the Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property (IP) Audits and the Design Council Design Mentoring scheme.
The aim of the new Business Growth Service is to make it easier for businesses with the potential, capability and capacity to improve and grow to access expert advice and support.
There are also other streamlining initiatives linked to the change. For example business that require export support will be referred from the Business Growth Service to UK Trade & Invest and UK Export Finance.
The serviced will also link to InnovateUK (the rebranded Technology Strategy Board) and the British Business Bank.
The change is seen as a way of building on the successes of existing services such as Growth Accelerator and MAS, both of which are said to be delivering tangible growth.
Are you ready to find out if you qualify or how much your R&D claims could be worth?