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To mark this occasion, the Northamptonshire Growth Hub (NGH) will be hosting an event where a number of businesses supported by NGH will be sharing their success stories. This will be a great opportunity to find out the Growth Hub story, to meet and network with our team, partners and clients.

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NGH was established in November 2013 to fulfil a need for business support for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the county and in that time has helped over 6,000 businesses.  It is now based in two locations: The University of Northampton Innovation Centre  and the iCon in Daventry – both ‘state-of-the art’ premises offering office space and meeting facilities.  NGH handles over 500 calls every quarter, 70% of which are established businesses but with a significant portion from pre-start and start-up enterprises.

Over the last four years NGH has expanded its offer from a pure business signposting service to providing direct support designed to address gaps in local provision. Together with its partners NGH has played a key role in bringing over £7 million of investment to the county, by running projects such as Ready2Grow and Innovate Northamptonshire, and helping to deliver  the Northamptonshire Digital Enhancement and South East Midlands Start-up projects. All of which are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Malcolm Johnston, Head of Enterprise at Northamptonshire Growth Hub commented:

Our first learning curve was understanding and getting the right support to our customers, and to provide them with services that they needed. 4 years on, we can say that we have gone above and beyond achieving this. It is a significant milestone for us as we’ve seen huge changes, but we have managed to adapt and grow with the ever-changing landscape. From my point of view, it’s been exciting to watch the team increase in number and witness our clients achieving great success. I’m looking forward to what we as a growing organisation can achieve over the next 5,10 and 15 years!”

Everyone is invited to join in with our celebration on Friday 1st December 2017 at the University of Northampton Newton Hall from 3-5 pm.  If you would like to register for this event, or if you require any further information please email nina.castravet2@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 892810 .

Northamptonshire Growth Hub offers a comprehensive and unbiased business support to new or growing businesses in the county. To find out how we can support your business contact us on  01604 212696 or visit www.northamptonshiregrowthhub.co.uk

 

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