The University of Wolverhampton has extended its support for local businesses across the region by opening a new University Business Solutions Centre (BSC) in Kidderminster.
Based on the national award winning BSC Centres already established in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Telford and Hereford, the Kidderminster Wyre Forest Centre is based within Wyre Forest House, the home of Wyre Forest District Council.
The Centre has dedicated business facing University staff working in collaboration with the Local Authority to support local organisations grow their businesses. The team also provides advice and guidance as well as offering access to the University’s extensive resources.
Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We have extended our support for businesses into the Wyre Forest region, following on from the success we have had in other areas.
“The new Wyre Forest Business Solutions Centre will be operated on the highly successful model offered at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, located on the University’s Science Park in Wolverhampton which has won a string of national awards for their work with over 1,500 businesses.
“We will be offering a range of support to businesses in and around Kidderminster and across the Wyre Forest region which will include start-up advice with workshops and mentoring, access to technology from drone hire to cyber security support, leadership and development programmes, seminars, events and networking opportunities.”
Cllr Ian Hardiman, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration at Wyre Forest District Council, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Wolverhampton on this exciting new venture. The new centre will act as a conduit between local businesses, advisors, consultants and key support organisations to help local businesses access funding and support opportunities open to them.
“The University has a long and successful history of supporting the start-up and growth of businesses right across the Midlands. Having a single point of access offering a wide range of free events and workshops, business facilities and professional advisory services will undoubtedly be of great benefit to local people who run their own business or for those who are thinking of starting up in the future.”
The new BSC officially opened on Thursday 20th October 2016 in the presence of local business leaders including Morgan Motor Company who partnered with the University earlier this year to provide engineering students with a range of work and practical experience as well as motor racing opportunities.
For more details check out the website: http://businesssolutionscentres.co.uk/business-support/
Picture Caption from left to right: Ian Miller, Chief Executive at Wyre Forest District Council, Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton and Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council.