Growth hub offers support for businesses

Malcolm Brabon, head of services, Coast to Capital.
Malcolm Brabon, head of services, Coast to Capital.

Scale-up and growth businesses across Brighton and Hove are now able to access an exciting new range of fully funded services from the team at the Coast to Capital Growth Hub.

The Growth Hub is part of a network of 38 Growth Hubs funded by Government to provide access to information, contacts and support to address barriers to growth.

Since its launch the Growth Hub has supported thousands of businesses with support including dedicated account managers who assess business needs.

Services include access to free diagnostic business reviews, resulting in impact-driven hands-on support to overcome organisational barriers. The team will also introduce local, regional and national support initiatives.

Established businesses with the ambition to achieve 20 per cent per annum growth will have access to fully funded support from account manager Ryan Davies.

Businesses will also have access to a network of growth champions.

Newly appointed growth champion manager Lou Williams is finding the most talented, credible and best-positioned business support providers across a range of sectors that can break barriers to growth for Coast to Capital businesses.

Lou will also be launching a new growth network initiative to support the delivery of Coast to Capitals ambitious new Strategy.

Businesses often reach a plateau and find it a challenge to grow their businesses. This new support provided by our team is designed to specifically help address those barriers and unlock increased profitability.

Businesses often tell us that they like to meet and learn from other business and, so in response to this, the Coast to Capital Growth Hub will be introducing another new, special programme in the autumn”

Alan Robins, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s tourism, development and culture committee said: “As a partner and stakeholder of the Growth Hub we are delighted to see its service offer expand, knowing that many more dedicated, growing businesses will have the opportunity to achieve the potential they deserve.”

Lou Williams, growth champion manager at Coast to Capital said:“I am thrilled to be part of a new and ambitious focus for the Growth Hub and to be leading on the growth champion initiative which will be launching in the autumn.

“Our area boasts countless exciting new opportunities for businesses and I look forward to helping them to achieve their growth ambitions.”

Julie Lawn, director at Cute Dog Consulting Ltd said: “Ryan Davies, my business support navigator from Coast to Capital has proved invaluable to both my businesses.

“He listened carefully at our meeting, and gave me a focus of what I wanted to do and the direction I wished to move in.

“I asked him to connect me with a particular local business, which he did, and which has resulted in a contract for my business ... Thanks a million Ryan – I am recommending you to everyone I know!”

For more information on the Growth Hub or if you would like business support, contact the team on 01403 333840 or find our website

Malcolm Brabon, head of services, Coast to Capital.