Stroud District Council


Release Date: 14 February 2013

SDC and Gloucestershire Enterprise team up

Stroud District Council has teamed up with Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd, the county's enterprise agency, to provide much-needed support for the district's businesses and entrepreneurs.

The tie up will deliver an array of business support services for local would-be entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Many of the programmes will be at no cost to participants, while the remainder will attract subsidies from Stroud District Council.

Broad categories of support include:

  • support and advice for anyone considering starting up a business

  • training courses on how to actually set up and run a business

  • coaching, mentoring and business advice to improve business performance

  • short workshops on prevalent business, leadership and management skills

  • access to, and coordination of, many other business programmes and qualifications

Support can all be delivered locally, with some programmes already run from venues in Stroud town centre, while training can be undertaken at businesses own premises or at the offices of Gloucestershire Enterprise in Twigworth.

Councillor Roger Sanders, executive member for regeneration for Stroud District Council, said:

'Our focus is on developing a strong jobs and growth agenda so we want to do what we can to support entrepreneurs and businesses. With the demise of Business Link there is a distinct lack of face-to-face support for those considering starting a business of their own or existing small businesses who simply want to discuss a business issue with a specialist. By linking up with Gloucestershire Enterprise, who have a great deal of expertise in this area, we can help our local business community to prosper and ensure that we aren't missing out on opportunities for growth.'

For further information on the support available please visit or call 0845 8389964.

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