Business brief continues after re-appointment…
Clarke Associates first won the campaign for the Business Development Programme (BDP) at the start of 2013 and following a competitive tender, has now been commissioned to deliver until the programme finishes in June 2015.
BDP, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides a comprehensive business support pack to SMEs across the Greater Birmingham Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBS LEP) area through financial assistance and an innovative coaching and mentoring scheme.
The programme has already assisted more than 95 businesses to implement expansion plans, creating 393 new jobs across the Greater Birmingham Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area. The awareness generated for the programme has assisted Birmingham City Council in delivering £3.4 million in grants and matched funding to local businesses, making a significant impact on the West Midlands economy.
Mark Whitehouse, deputy managing director at Clarke Associates, who leads on the account, said: “Winning new business is always a positive, but there is no greater testament to a consultancy’s work than being reappointed. We are in a position where we have a depth of knowledge combined with a determined focus to help the programme fulfil its objectives over the remaining 15 months.”
The programme is administered by Birmingham City Council on behalf of the GBS LEP and is available to businesses in the GBS LEP area which includes Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffs, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest.
Clarke Associates has been working with each of the local authority communications teams across the region to ensure the programme is promoted locally and regionally.
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