A one-stop shop where local firms can find out how to get financial help has been officially opened for business.
The Invest in Renfrewshire Business Hub in Lawn Street, Paisley was given the seal the seal of approval by invited guests from the local business community at a recent event.
Invest in Renfrewshire is Renfrewshire Council’s flagship £8m programme to boost the local economy and tackle youth unemployment.
The new facility is open for any local company – whether big or small – to pop in and find out more about the range of support on offer through Invest in Renfrewshire.
It also boasts meeting rooms and will be a venue for networking and business information events, with a series of ‘meet the expert’ clinics in the pipeline.
To mark the official opening, Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan welcomed representatives of local firms, training providers and partner organisations to a business breakfast at the hub.
He said: “The council sees the local economy as a top priority, which is why we have made a sizeable financial commitment to the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.
“It is essential that small businesses are given the chance to thrive, and the council has a key role to play in creating conditions in which that can happen
“The new business hub is intended to be exactly that – a central place where local firms can visit, attend events, access funding, and network with other professionals.
“Our team of business development advisors are on hand to offer help and advice, as will staff from Business Gateway, who will be based there one day a week.
“We would also encourage any small businesses who need somewhere to go to meet clients can use the facility by booking one of our meeting rooms.”
Support on offer to local businesses through Invest in Renfrewshire includes the following;
– business growth grants of up to £10,000 to help firms develop new products or pay for property improvements and IT equipment
– financial help of up to £5,000 for any company taking on an unemployed person or a graduate intern
– loans to help businesses grow or meet the cost of specific projects
– retail improvement grants and help with staff training.