City creates single point of help for new start ups

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Sheffield’s City Council and Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to create a single source of support, designed to help local businesses to establish themselves and grow.

The Sheffield Enterprise Programme Gateway is targeting people who want to start a business or develop an existing one and has been set up in the wake of the Governement’s abolition of Business Link.

The Gateway will be manned by enterprise experts from the Chamber’s Sheffield Enterprise Agency operation and will link up with other support agencies and intermediaries to give businesses access to training workshops or one-to-one support from a business adviser.

Sheffield Enterprise Agency business support manager Paul Tinsley said: “We want to create more opportunities for businesses so Sheffield continues to develop a diverse economy with a strong base across sectors.

“Sheffield Enterprise Agency’s aim is to encourage business growth, as well as the number of business start-ups in the region, creating more employment opportunities and increase the city’s presence both nationally and internationally.”

The Sheffield Enterprise Programme Gateway is part of Sheffield City Council’s drive to ensure Sheffield is a ‘business-friendly city.’

Council cabinet member for business, jobs and growth, Helen Mirfin Boukouris, said: “Enterprise matters to the council.

“We are faced with one of the biggest economic challenges in our lifetime. Our approach for the next few years is to work with all sectors of the economy to get Sheffield back on its feet.

“We will work with both existing businesses and new start ups with the potential to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

“We know we have a challenge ahead of us, but we are committed to doing all we can to support business, grow our economy and see our city flourish.”

The Sheffield Enterprise Programme Gateway can be contacted by calling 0800 0435522 or emailing