Business help at hand

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AN INNOVATIVE move has been launched by East Renfrewshire council to help businesses within the authority grow.

The initiative, A Place to Work, is dedicating itself, through a range of services, to provide services for local firms to cut through the clutter by offering a simple, clear route to support and advice.

Businesses will have just one point of contact, eradicating the need to go through different channels for help and advice.

All of this is free to firms who sign up to the A Place to Work network.

Help will be given on:

Recruitment: advertising, interviewing, access to a database of qualified people and full aftercare service.

Training and support: advice on which training funds are available, access to free seminars and events and opportunities to network with other local businesses to learn from industry experts.

Funding and grants: helping companies tap into financial support from recruitment incentives, and loan funds to support grants to help modify, alter, refurbish or expand business premises.

A Place to Work is a partnership between a comprehensive range of providers including various council services, Business Gateway, Business Improvement Districts, East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Jobcentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland and Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire.

Tony Buchanan, convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth, said: “A Place to Work is a first-class, new employer network.

“It provides a simple, clear system with a single point of contact for support and advice that. in the past, businesses would have had to go to at least 10 different services within the council and elsewhere.

“It really can help businesses which are looking to expand. We have trained advisers who will take time to get to know businesses, ensuring that we fully understand their needs.

“We can help promote local businesses, access funding and grants and offer a full recruitment agency service at no cost to that business.

“Anyone running a business will no doubt have experienced the vast and, often confusing, amount of information amnd advice that is available.

“A Place to Work provides a co-ordinated approach and provides a lifetime of free enterprise support.”

The new initiative will be introduced to local businesses at a launch evednt on Friday, June 21 at the Redhurst Hotel in Giffnock. To register for the event, which takes place from 9am until 12.30pm, or for more information, call 0141 577 3773.