Business support sought

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SHEFFIELD Council says it has been ‘inundated’ with businesses wanting to use its new support services.

The authority said hundreds of small and medium firms had been using its dedicated First Point For Business centre.

The organisation offers advice on finance and red tape to small business owners.

Representatives from a further 36 firms attended a Sheffield Business and Bankers Summit held in order to bring together lenders and local companies to discuss ways of providing funding to help expand the city’s economy.

Sheffield entrepreneur Julia Gash’s eco-bag business, Bag It Don’t Bin It, was formed in 2008.

It makes fairtrade cotton bags for retailers and other trades, allowing them to promote their green credentials.

Bag It Don’t Bin It has tripled its turnover rapidly.

However, such enviable growth has produced a host of challenges.

Julia, who has sought support from the council’s initiatives, said: “If you do not manage a start-up business well during that period of high growth, it can all go to pot.”

Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for transport, business and skills, Coun Ian Auckland, said: “We have had a very good response to our initiatives.

He added: “We want Sheffield to be the most business-friendly city in the UK.”