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Lichfield firm wins contract to run local business support service

A Lichfield company has won the contract to run the city’s new business support service.

Elmhurst-based Business Development Services Ltd will soon be offering free specialist advice for local firms to help them boost trade.

Richard King (Lichfield District Council), Deborah Baker (Business and Economic Partnership for Lichfield and Tamworth), Phil Goscombe (Business Development Service Ltd) and Helen Spearey (Lichfield District Council)

Richard King (Lichfield District Council), Deborah Baker (Business and Economic Partnership for Lichfield and Tamworth), Phil Goscombe (Business Development Service Ltd) and Helen Spearey (Lichfield District Council)

They will operate the Lichfield 4 Business project on behalf of Lichfield District Council.

Managing director Phil Goscombe said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this important service.

“Businesses across the district need help in these difficult times and this investment to provide a free advice and support package will encourage local businesses to be successful, grow and prosper. This in turn will contribute to the local economy and give rise to further job opportunities.”

Among the information and support on offer will be details on:

  • Business and employment growth
  • Workforce development
  • Improved access to finance
  • General business development advice

Councillor Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “We’re thrilled that a local business has been chosen to deliver the new Lichfield 4 Business service.

“It is an exciting initiative that will mean businesses will be able to access a fantastic range of support services, and we are looking forward to seeing the service take shape over the coming months.”

The Lichfield 4 Business service will also provide signposting to business grants, training, and a wide ranging programme of management workshops, including sessions on leadership skills, marketing, networking and new product development.

The company’s contract will run until June 2014.

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