One in four businesses now benefiting
from Business Link
In the period April to September 2004, performance is 20%
ahead of last year.
Increasing numbers of businesses across Devon and Cornwall
are turning to Business Link Devon and Cornwall for information,
advice and support.
Figures just released for the last 12 month period show Business
Link is now providing support and advice to 1 in 4 (27%) of
businesses throughout the two counties.
Business Link report that over the last six months more than
10,000 businesses across Devon and Cornwall including 4,296
in Cornwall have been provided with advice and support
an increase of 20% on the equivalent period last year.
"The figures clearly show that we are successfully combining
the need to deliver basic information and advice to the broadest
business market with the need to provide in-depth support
for businesses with growth potential," explains Bob Dow,
Chief Executive of Business Link Devon and Cornwall.
"Our partners both public and private sector
- should also be congratulated. The Business Link network
is strengthening and so is its effect on the local economy.
This is critical if we are to contribute fully to the delivery
of the SWRDA's Regional Economic Strategy."
Business Link's major focus is to provide in-depth support
to businesses looking to increase their productivity and performance.
Business Link identify specialist suppliers experienced in
issues such as planning, financing, technology, innovation,
marketing and organisational development.
At a business briefing, attended by local business leaders
Bob Dow, chief executive Business Link, and Andy MacDonald,
Business Link's business development manager based at Bodmin
office explained, "Nearly 1,000 businesses including
435 in Cornwall with genuine growth potential have been assisted
in the last 6 months. In Cornwall we are now forecasting that
our work with businesses over the last 12 months we will have
contributed to an increase in their collective employment
levels of over 820 and to an increase in their collective
sales of over £76,000,000. Objective One has a clear
impact on Business Link's focus in Cornwall. We are looking
forward to continuing to excel in the second half of the year
and working with our key network partners to improve the quality
and broad spectrum of business support in Cornwall."
Business Link Devon and Cornwall's year performance is well
on track to exceed last year's, which broke all records by
showing a massive 85% increase in SMEs choosing to use Business
Bob Dow also announced that from the new financial year funding
for theBusiness Link service will be coordinated through the
SW Regional Development Agency who will provide funds to the
network of six Business Links across the South West region.
The South West region's six Business Link's interim reports
show that collectively they have given support and guidance
to 45,898 established businesses, on average one in four of
all businesses and 15,083 people looking to start a businesses.
The Business Links have already joined forces to set core
priorities for the next six months to:
||Increase the number of cross-region initiatives and
services such as the recently launched Beacons Network
and Rural Enterprise Gateway that deliver increased
||Increase the number of clients that utilise the intensive
programme of support and advice provided by Business
||Develop further their expanding network of public and
private sector 'partners'
Bob explained: "The SWRDA currently fund a significant
amount of business support activity. This new contractual
development will ensure there will be more opportunities for
both agencies, and the business support network, to provide
an even more effective 'joined up' business support service
across the region."
For further information please contact:
telephone: 01822 833488
mobile: 07866 697057
Business Link Devon & Cornwall, Business Link Somerset,
Business Link Gloucestershire, Business West, Business Link
Berkshire and Wiltshire and Business Link Wessex all belong
to the national Business Link network which deliver the service
on behalf of the Government's Small Business Service. The
aim of Business Link is to build up an enterprise society
in which businesses of all kinds can thrive and achieve their
potential. Business Link provides information, advice and
access to experts on all issues relating to running or setting
up a business.
In the first instance, should be directed to press officers
Carolyn Daw on 01822 833488, mbl: 07866 697057, email: email@example.com.
Direct enquiries should be directed via the marketing department
to Leanne Lidstone or Janice Brazell on 0845 600 9966.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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