Support for SMEs

Business and enterprise

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are vital in providing local employment and generating local wealth. We are dedicated to supporting this vital sector of the economy.

Our entrepreneurial approach has enabled us to become a national leader, helping more than 1,000 students and graduates start a business or become self-employed in the last five years. 

More than 1,500 regional commercial organisations have been assisted through business support projects, with 950 reporting business improvements and more than 400 jobs created or safeguarded.

Our award-winning Centre for SME and Enterprise Development provides a focal point where you can connect, collaborate, network and learn so that whatever challenges you face you can benefit from excellent tailored business advice, support and knowledge.

Centre for SME and Enterprise Development

The Centre for SME and Enterprise Development responds to the needs of the SME community to stimulate enterprise, innovation and business growth.

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This programme is a reimagined package of support that extends our knowledge transfer expertise into companies of all sizes and sectors.

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