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Expo to help small business growth

The Hub News Team | 30.10.17

The Accelerate Business Growth Expo and Conference will be targeting over 150 companies looking for support to help them overcome issues holding them back, including lack of skills, poor infrastructure and broadband and where to go for essential funding.

It has been put together by creative agency Buy-From and the £4m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), with the latter using its 36,000 sq ft training hub, part funded by the Marches LEP through its Growth Deal with Government, to host the event.

Sponsored by NatWest, the event is just £15 to attend and will feature talks from the Marches LEP, Shropshire Council, Shropshire Business Board and FBC Manby Bowdler.

The Accelerate Business Growth Expo & Conference is looking to attract SMEs, ranging from one-man bands to those employing up to 50 people.

Every speaker has been tasked with talking directly about what they can do to help businesses grow, whether that be through funding, resources, training, support or vital information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will affect all companies when it comes into play next year.

Matthew Snelson, MD of the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology, will also use the event to talk about the launch of the state-of-the-art training hub that will support '2020 learners by 2020' through apprenticeships and a range of upskilling opportunities.

"The MCMT will transform the way we train people in the area and ensure we not only reverse the skills gap we are suffering from, but will also help to retain young talent in the area."

He went on to add: "Over £4m has been spent on creating a world class manufacturing hub that contains some of the latest metrology, CNC machining and automation. Combine this with the best possible learning provision and SMEs/large companies have a really powerful opportunity to make the most of.

"Skills is only one issue and that is why we are looking at other ways of supporting the region, including incubation space and the future introduction of an Engineering Club.

"We have a fabulous opportunity to be the 'greatest place to live and work'…this starts by 'growing your own and keeping your own skilled team'."

Delegates will be given the chance to meet a number of local service providers as part of the Expo and will also be one of the first firms in the Marches to take a 'sneak peek' of the MCMT.

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