Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire business leaders have signed up to support the development of a single number advice helpline to give businesses the support and advice they need to develop and prosper.
It’s all part of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s drive to lay out the red carpet for business – making it easy for entrepreneurs to invest and grow in the area.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Chambers of Commerce have all backed the project, which will kick off a six month trial in February.
LEP Business Development Chairman Stephen Dixon said the partners were working together to put business interests first saying,
What business wants is a clear route to information and support. At the moment there are several sources of information and it can be confusing. We are determined to break down barriers to enterprise. The one number will be the single simple gateway to business expertise.
Ben Adams Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth and enterprise leader said
The business support line would be a building block of the red carpet treatment for business in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Our focus on business, jobs and prosperity is really paying off. Big international names like Jaguar Land Rover, Amazon and Nestle are choosing Staffordshire. We are leading the way nationally for job creation. That’s because the joint team is dedicated to doing everything we can to help businesses thrive – whatever their size.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Mohammed Pervez said the initiative was about a seemless service for potential investors in our region helping to support the wealth creators saying,
This one point of contact will make it easier for entrepreneurs, big or small, to get the information and advice they need with the minimum of fuss. With the business support line we will have one voice when helping businesses to cut through the bureaucracy.
North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Sara Williams said
The new service was a direct response to what businesses said they wanted.
In a survey conducted by the Chambers of Commerce (on behalf of the LEP), businesses were asked what would be of value to their business. The majority of respondents asked for a single point of contact for business advice. It is really exciting that the LEP is able to respond so quickly to businesses needs.
The new single number advice line is due to be launched in February