A key priority for the LEP is help create the best possible environment for business growth in the City Region. Our aim is to realise the City Region’s vast economic potential by strengthening our global competitiveness, encouraging entrepreneurship, expanding our business base and unlocking private sector growth. Working with local business, Local Authorities, Central Government, Chambers of Commerce, Universities, Colleges and other business organisations, the LEP has simplified, strengthened and commercialised the business support landscape across the City Region. We are working together to stimulate business start-up and growth through the provision of easy to access information and support that meets the needs of aspirant, new and growing business. From locating or starting your business in the City Region, to trading internationally or finding the right commercial support, funding and investment to expand your business – there is a wealth of support available to suit your business. Key elements include: The Growth Hub – providing access to a wide range of information, advice and support through local Growth Hub Partners, coordinated by the LEP, putting the business first. localgrowthhub.com provides information in one place about local support for SMEs. New Markets – has provided SMEs with support to procure the most appropriate commercial advisors for their business growth. Business Growth Grant – helping business access funding to unlock investment and create jobs. This programme has already allocated £15m RGF funds and will create or safeguarded over 2,000 jobs over the next two years.