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Metro Mayor unveils university business advice centre for companies in West Midlands

Andy Street speaking at BCU

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveiled details of a brand new business advice centre to be hosted by Birmingham City University (BCU).

The new centre will offer free help and support to companies from across the region, including advice about how to secure millions of pounds in government grants.

The Mayor, a former Managing Director of John Lewis, announced the ground- breaking project alongside Nassim Belbaby, Director of Birmingham City Business School at BCU.

Speaking to an audience of business leaders and students at the University’s Curzon Building, Mr Street said: “The Business Advice Centre is an exciting addition to Birmingham City University’s offering for the business community.

‘We are announcing a real piece of generosity for the community. BCU are committing to a new facility that the Business School will run to provide support for small businesses.

‘These businesses can come along and get practical advice, from all the academics and experts, about the real issues that they face.

‘Birmingham City Business School has a rich source of resources that can help companies to secure government cash grants and obtain advice to grow their sales.’

 

Birmingham City University’s Business School Director Nassim Belbaly said: ‘We have staff with the expertise to provide practical support, for example through the application process for Innovate UK grants. We can also assist with market research, taxation and accounting.

‘Sharing knowledge to meet the respective needs of the business community and of our students is at the core of our purpose. The Business Advice Centre will make it easier to achieve this goal.”

The Business Advice Centre will be opened on November 4 and will be based at the Business School within the University’s Curzon Building.

Companies wishing to contact the Business Advice Centre can contact the BAC on 0121 331 5688 or email: bac@bcu.ac.uk.