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Lichfield and Burntwood businesses benefit from advice free service

Nearly 50 local companies have taken advantage of a free advice service in its first three months of operation.

Lichfield4Business was set up by Lichfield District Council to help promote growth in the region.

Run by Business Development Service Ltd (BDS), the organisation has received 48 enquiries from companies, including a pig farmer who needed help with business planning and funding.

Since April, BDS has visited 16 businesses, including a knitwear retailer that needed purchasing and financing advice, and a recruitment company to help with a grant application and general advice.

The organisation has also dealt with seven grant enquiries, including helping a steel fabricator that is relocating to the area, who is eligible for a grant of £15,000 towards fitting-out the factory and rate costs.

Phil Goscombe, Managing Director for Business Development Service Ltd, said: “We’re really pleased with how the service is going so far, but are keen to help even more businesses.

“So, if you are thinking about setting up a business or are an established business but want to develop, please get in touch with us.”

The Lichfield4Business service also offers free workshops, with two planned to take place this year.

The first is the Smart Ways to Promote Your Business, which is being held at the Old Mining College Centre in Chasetown on September 19, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The second is the How to Make Money from Your Business Website workshop. This will be held at Lichfield Library on November 12, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

To book a place or receive business advice, call BDS on 01543 416222 or email

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