The Hull Deal
A package of support for local businesses
Author: Paul Burnley, Hull City Council |
Big Ideas The Hull Deal
Working with partners across the City, Regional Development is bringing together information on a comprehensive package of support for local businesses. The Deal will offer:
- Free impartial business advice – from Business Link, the central point of information and access to advice for all businesses in the City, no matter size, sector or stage of development.
- Premises – The Council operates several managed workspace centres throughout the City. These offer an ideal start-up base, particularly in challenging times. There are no lease requirements, just simple no nonsense, easy in, easy out, monthly license agreement.
- Grants and loans – through the Acorn Fund, Hull Deal beneficiaries can receive tailored loan and / or Grant Finance towards start-up costs. Where the Fund is unable to meet the total funding requirement support will be given to access other funding. Again the process is streamlined and straight forward to minimise delay. In most cases a decision will be made within one week of applying.
- Local Work Guarantee Scheme – Hull Deal beneficiaries will receive direct access to support for the recruitment and training of new staff. Wage subsidies and training grants will further help in the development and growth of businesses, together with a productive workforce
- Training – Access training, higher skills opportunities and learning progression through the University, Hull College and other training providers
- University of Hull – has world leading expertise and an extensive range of high quality services to transform businesses or make them more efficient and profitable. Services include the enterprise centre, logistics institute, research facilities, knowledge transfer partnership, product development and consultancy.
- World Trade and Export – links to support from the World Trade Centre Hull & Humber. Bringing international trade under one roof expert advice and practical support on exploiting overseas market opportunities can be easily accessed.
- Employment Searches – linkages to employment and job search initiatives within Hull.
- Job Matching – utilising job matching services through partners ‘Cityworks’.