The University of Wolverhampton is extending its support for local businesses across the region with plans to open a new University Business Solutions Centre (BSC) in Kidderminster in the autumn.
Based on the national award winning BSC Centres already established in Wolverhampton, Telford, Sandwell and Hereford, the Kidderminster Wyre Forest Centre will be based within Wyre Forest House, the home of Wyre Forest District Council.
The Centre will have dedicated business facing University staff working in collaboration with the Local Authority to support local organisations grow their businesses. The team will provide advice and guidance as well as offering access to the University’s extensive resources.
Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We have extended our support for businesses into the Wyre Forest region, following on from the success we have had in other areas.
“The new Wyre Forest Business Solutions Centre will be operated on the highly successful model offered at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, located on the University’s Science Park in Wolverhampton. It is run by the same team, who have won a string of national awards for their work with over 1,500 businesses.”
The support on offer to businesses in and around Kidderminster and across the Wyre Forest region will include start-up advice with workshops and mentoring, access to technology from drone hire to cyber security support, leadership and development programmes, seminars, events and networking opportunities.
Councillor Tracey Onslow, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration at Wyre Forest District Council, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Wolverhampton on this exciting new venture. The new centre will act as a conduit between local businesses, advisors, consultants and key support organisations to help local businesses access funding and support opportunities open to them.
“The University has a long and successful history of supporting the start-up and growth of businesses right across the Midlands. Having a single point of access offering a wide range of free events and workshops, business facilities and professional advisory services will undoubtedly be of great benefit to local people who run their own business or for those who are thinking of starting up in the future.”
The new BSC is due to officially open at the end of October 2016.
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Date Issued: 24th August 2016