As part of Business Advocates, a new initiative led by St Helens Borough Council with St Helens Chamber and Business Doctors, to help independent businesses reset and recover from COVID-19, sessions will provide:
- A 10-step strategic planning process.
- Introduction to business strategy and goal setting.
- Hands on, expert advice.
- Free follow up one-on-one meetings.
A key part of St Helens Borough Council’s Economic Reset and Recovery Strategy, the Business Advocates are a free resource to help business recovery, with investment coming from various grant funding streams, including the Metro Mayor’s Town Centres Fund and the European Regional Development Fund’s Welcome Back Scheme, supporting the safe return to high streets.
Helping businesses make a strong recovery from COVID
Cllr Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business, said: “Local independent businesses are the heartbeat of our town and district centres and we recognise the difficulties they have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we have put a number of initiatives – including the Business Advocates scheme – in place to support them during this tough time.
“I would encourage anyone who would benefit from these free workshops to come along as the tips and advice from experienced business experts could prove to be invaluable in making your business thrive.”
Steve Smith, Business Doctor for the St Helens area, said: “Business Doctors started in St Helens nearly twenty years ago and we have helped over fifteen thousand businesses nationally. We have continually developed our planning process and I’m delighted to share the methodology, at no cost to local businesses, due to the council’s investment in the Business Advocates scheme.
“We will help you to define a vision for your business, create a plan to get you there and then provide hands on support afterwards.”
The free Business Growth Roadmap workshops will take place in St Helens Library, which is a Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC), on Monday 7 March and then again on Monday 21 March, with both events running from 5-6:45pm.
Bookings for these sessions are not required.
For more information on the Business Advocates programme, email email@example.com.
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