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The Business Growth Hub £1.2m Co-Investment Fund

Simon Leeming
11 February 2016 Written by Simon Leeming

There was a great turn out yesterday at the Manchester Museum Of Science and Industry for an event organised by The Business Growth Hub. Over 100 businesses from Greater Manchester were in attendance to learn more about the Partner / Supplier Network that has been launched to help deliver growth expertise for companies in the Greater Manchester areas. Digital Media Stream have been working with The Business Growth Hub for a number of months assisting in the delivery of ‘Social Media Masterclasses’ in a number of locations in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas and had the opportunity to share our experiences.

The Business Growth Hub is a publicly funded organisation that has been operating since 2012. They provide a wide range of services designed to helping SMEs grow. One of the initiatives that they are delivering is the Co-Investment Fund which is designed to encourage growth by connecting more consumers with suppliers.

“We are looking to bring on board a range of business partners to deliver their growth expertise to recipients of the exciting new £1.2m Co-Investment Fund, which is launched in June. The Fund will offer qualifying growth businesses in Greater Manchester the potential to access funding towards harnessing external specialist expertise to develop their growth plans and exploit digital know how and technology.”

Our Recommendation for Potential Suppliers

We have worked with the Business Growth Hub since the start of 2014 and there is a great synergy between the goals of the Business Growth Hub and our business – the work that we deliver is aimed at helping SMEs grow through Digital Innovation and this aligns very well to the objectives of the BGH. We work closely with Business Owners and Senior Managers who are keen to move their companies forward and take ownership of how they interact with their market online. The growing network that the Business Growth Hub has developed in Greater Manchester and the North-West of England provides us with great support and exposure. The added bonus of the co-investment scheme has grown the number of companies who we can connect with so the opportunity to speak to more companies is fantastic.

We have worked with the Business Growth Hub as a client as well as a supplier, and as a fast growing SME the advice we have been given to refine our Growth Strategy has helped us focus and benefit from an external set of eyes on the business. We see our services as an extension of the Business Growth Hub’s ‘Digital Growth’ programme so it has encouraged many companies to reach out and ask for further help following many of the Business Growth Hub events.

Being associated with the BGH certainly adds credibility to any business and there is a growing need to help accelerate the growth of Manchester’s innovative growth sectors – a need that the Business Growth Hub alongside local suppliers will continue to positively impact.

I would recommend other companies to consider becoming part of the supplier network – it will enable more companies in Greater Manchester to benefit from the services you provide, build a stronger platform for local connections and ultimately encourage growth in the region. At Digital Media Stream , we certainly look forward to continue working with the Business Growth Hub and help more companies implement their growth plans.

Simon Leeming, Commercial Director, Digital Media Stream Ltd

Find Out More from The Business Growth Hub

We are always happy to speak to other companies and share our experience so certainly feel free to get in touch.

About Digital Media Stream:

Digital Media Stream, a marketing agency Headquartered in Manchester, UK, launched in 2011 to help ambitious companies grow through integrated digital marketing strategies.

We work with B2B and high-value B2C organisations to drive traffic, leads and sales. We call what we do, ‘Inbound Marketing’ – digital marketing campaigns utilising content throughout SEO, Social Media, Conversion Rate Optimisation, Marketing Automation, Paid Advertising and Growth Driven Design.


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