A GROWTH HUB IS...

A regional public/private sector partnership led by a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). There are 38 Growth Hubs in England and BEST is the Growth Hub for Essex. Growth Hubs are government-funded, which enables them to provide support that is free at the point of delivery. The BEST Growth Hub joins up national and local business support to make it is easy for Essex businesspeople to find the help they need.


MAKING HISTORY...

Before Growth Hubs existed, government-funded business support in England was provided by the organisation known as Business Link, which worked alongside regional development agencies. As such, business support was delivered via a national telephone helpline, a website and regional engagements. In 2010, the government announced its plan to create a national network of new Local Enterprise Partnerships with associated Growth Hubs. As a result of this strategic development, Business Link and the regional development agencies ceased to exist and business support was assigned to the new network of Growth Hubs, via the Local Enterprise Partnerships.


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