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Business Roadshow to bring investment to Bury St Edmunds

Andy Clifton and Chris Goldspink of AT Power, Jason Middleton of New Anglia LEP, Gary Douglas Beet of the Business Shaper Group. ANL-140328-121011001

Andy Clifton and Chris Goldspink of AT Power, Jason Middleton of New Anglia LEP, Gary Douglas Beet of the Business Shaper Group. ANL-140328-121011001

Bury St Edmunds will be one of the first places to host Business Roadshow, an enterprise aimed at helping hundreds of companies access grants.

The Business Shaper Group and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have announced the launch of the Business Roadshow across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The events aim to highlight the wealth of grants, funding opportunities, free business support and training available to business owners as they prepare their organisations for the future.

Jason Middleton, funding and projects manager at New Anglia LEP, said: “There’s a huge amount of free advice and support available to businesses but it is often hard to find.

“Working with Business Shaper Group on this initiative, further enables us to help local businesses by tapping into our combined expertise and resources, business owners can ensure that they are in the best possible position to grasp the opportunities as the country comes out of the recession.”

Bury St Edmunds will be one of the first places the Business Roadshow visits, along with Haverhill, Fakenham and Lowestoft.

It will set up in Moreton Community Hall, on April 29, at 4pm.

In total the project hopes to benefit more than 1000 businesses between April and November this year.

A pilot held in December last year helped AT Power gain funding.

Managing director Andy Clifton said: For a young business like AT Power, finding the right advice, support and funding to grow is difficult.

“Attending the Business Roadshow, in December last year, we were able to understand all the different types of funding options, grants and support available to small businesses.”

The pilot events visited five locations. As a result £1.9 million in investment is being secured, £241,000 in grants is being applied for and 62 new jobs will be created.

Managing director of the Business Shaper Group, Gary Douglas Beet, said the figures were a ‘testament’ to the success of the roadshow.

 

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