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Plenty for business at Leek event

Businesses across the Staffordshire Moorlands are invited to an event next week to find out about local opportunities and developments and share their views on the business issues affecting them.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is hosting the event in partnership with Staffordshire Chamber at Westwood Golf Club in Leek between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesday 12 July.

And there's plenty on the agenda - including information about a number of new grants to support business growth, which are due to be launched in the coming weeks, and proposals for new business accommodation at Cornhill.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the Council and portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "We have got some fantastic companies in the Moorlands and I am passionate about supporting them to grow and thrive here. That means local firms need to be aware of new opportunities and the Council needs to listen to what they are saying and seek to remove any barriers to business.

"This event in Leek is designed to meet both those needs - we'll be sharing information and talking to local businesses about the challenges they face. It will be a worthwhile event and I'd encourage business people to make time in their schedules to come and join us."

A number of new grants to support business growth are due to be launched in the next few weeks and a brief overview of support and finance available will be provided at the event along with the opportunity for businesses to share their views on draft proposals for new accommodation at Cornhill East.

Councillor Ralphs added: "For some time now, businesses including new start-ups and expanding micro-businesses, have been telling us that they are frustrated at the lack of good quality modern accommodation and the impact that this has on their ability to grow and create new jobs.

"In response we have developed some exciting proposals for new accommodation at Cornhill East and we want to hear feedback and suggestions from businesses at an early stage so we can understand any additional needs they may have that we might be able to address as the proposals progress."

The event will include short presentations and plenty of time to network with other businesses, Councillor Ralphs and senior council officers and 'Growth Hub' advisers from Staffordshire Chamber.