Bryan Griffiths now an advisor via the Business Ready Scheme

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If your business is based in the Warwickshire area then you may be eligible for free support as part of the Business Ready Scheme.

A scheme which helps innovative businesses access finance and mentoring support is set to continue after a contract award by Warwickshire County Council on behalf of the county’s six local authorities. 

University of Warwick Science Park tendered successfully to extend and expand the Business Ready programme, which helped create more than £19 million in value and 175 jobs for businesses in the county between 2016 and 2023. Business Ready is part of the £4.6 million Business Growth Warwickshire Programme, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Warwickshire County Council.

High-growth, innovative businesses referred to Business Ready are provided with free, tailored advice, including access to sector-specific expertise, specialist mentors, advice around finance or grant funding, and dedicated business workshops. 

The team of advisers at Business Ready has great expertise across a wide range pf business disciplines. They have recently recruited and added to their resources to meet the needs of those areas where demand is greatest, particularly around marketing, tech, and e-
commerce. The extended team of around 40 advisors is able to deliver informed, bespoke support to the businesses.  

Business Ready is delivered by University of Warwick Science Park on behalf of Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire’s five District and Borough Councils following a procurement exercise to appoint a specialist organisation to deliver a programme for high growth businesses. 

Ian McFarlane-Toms, Business Ready Programme Manager, said: “It’s great news that Business Ready, which achieved so much success over the last eight years, is being brought back as part of the Business Growth Warwickshire Programme.  “It is rare to find a business support scheme like Business Ready which offers longer-term, fully-funded, tailored advice to individual businesses. We’re really looking forward to helping more forward-thinking Warwickshire businesses take the next step in their growth once again, and we’re confident we can bring similar levels of success to those that come through the scheme.” 

The Business Growth Warwickshire Programme, developed and commissioned jointly byWarwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council, is designed to engage with over 2,000 businesses, more than 500 of which will receive intensive, bespoke support.

The programme, funded by the UK Government (through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund via the five district and borough councils) and £500,000 from Warwickshire County Council, willplay a major role in strengthening small and medium sized businesses across Warwickshire in the short to medium term.  

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