New growth opportunity for Dudley Borough businesses through dedicated business support

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Oxford Innovation Advice are delighted to announce that they have successfully contracted with Dudley Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver Business Growth West Midlands in Dudley.

This new business support opportunity will support more than 600 businesses based in the Dudley Borough region with advice from a local delivery team of Business Growth Advisors to enable them to grow and succeed.

Participants will be drawn from across all sectors, with particular focus on local key sectors and engagement with harder to reach groups, such as women-led and ethnic minority led businesses.

The programme will deliver an information, diagnostic, brokerage, and account management service to support Dudley businesses to thrive, innovate, and grow, whilst also supporting Dudley entrepreneurs to progress their business ideas.

‘Business Growth West Midlands in Dudley’ will act as a central point for all Dudley Borough businesses to gain the right support, advice and referrals into the wider business support landscape; including grant opportunities and access to specialist support such as Net Zero, Start-up support and Investment Readiness.

Oxford Innovation Advice successfully delivered the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) across the Black Country, along with further areas in Yorkshire, the Midlands and South East. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the programme supported more than 700 manufacturers within the Black Country with bespoke support and grant funding to implement an improvement project between 2016 and 2023, with a third of those based in the Dudley region.

Jane Galsworthy, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Advice said: “We are delighted to have won this contract so we can expand on the support we have delivered to businesses and deliver further economic prosperity across Dudley.

“In delivering MGP, we were able to support the creation of more than 750 new roles within manufacturing businesses across the Black Country region. It is now more important than ever that businesses of all sectors have access to a service that unlocks all of the support available through Business Growth West Midlands to continue building their resilience and underpin growth.”

Business Growth West Midlands in Dudley is funded as part of the wider West Midlands £42 million investment from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. There is no cost to businesses who take advantage of the support available between November 2023 and March 2025.

The objective of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.  The fund has three priorities: Communities and Place, Business Support; and People and Skills.

Oxford Innovation Advice are committed to supporting Dudley’s key sectors and diverse businesses through this programme.

Councillor Paul Bradley, deputy leader and cabinet member for communities and economic delivery, said:

“As part of Business Growth West Midlands in Dudley, Dudley Council has developed an innovative new delivery model, working with Oxford Innovation Advice to enable more than 600 established Dudley SME businesses to benefit from the expertise of a local team of Business Growth Advisors.

“Businesses will be able to access an initial diagnostic, develop bespoke business growth action plans and receive tailored support to access innovation and funding opportunities.”

The programme will also deliver a series of workshops, offering further support to businesses, themed around five key areas: Building Business Resilience, Digital Essentials, Unleash the Power of Digital Marketing, Innovate to Grow and Charting Your Business’ Path to Success.

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