A NEW programme is being launched by the Marches Growth Hub to give Herefordshire businesses the tools the need to 'flourish and grow'.

The ‘Building Business Confidence Across the Marches’ scheme is open to eligible small-to-medium sized businesses working in a variety of sectors in the county as well as aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals who are looking to start their own business.

The programme is being part-funded by Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by the Marches LEP.

Business owners will be able to access a series of workshops and individual coaching sessions to help them realise the full potential of their business so they can grow and create jobs.

Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to access workshops and coaching sessions to equip them with the knowledge and skills to take their first steps towards starting their own business.

The project is being delivered by experienced business specialists, Good2Great, who have been working with businesses in the region for the past decade.

Johnny Themans, director of Good2Great, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for business owners.

“The project is all about helping people understand how to develop their commercial potential, grow sales and develop the profitability of their business.

“In turn, their business will then be able to employ more people and enrich the local economy, helping to accelerate the upward cycle of success here in the Marches.”

The project is open to businesses in the following sectors: food and drink, agri-technology, defence and security, advanced manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, visitor economy and environmental technologies services.

The project is due to start this month (April). For more information, visit start2great.co.uk