Business Support

Businesses opening in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire can benefit from tailor-made support to help enable their operations to be established efficiently and effectively.  The Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Inward Investment Service team consists of a number of advisors who can support companies with their expansion plans.

The team can provide a range of support including:

  • The choice of an optimum location
  • Identification of suitable sites and premises
  • Help with site visits and area tours
  • Advice on grants and incentives
  • Support in relation to skills, training, salary levels and recruitment costs
  • Assistance with industry and market research

Other support networks include the South Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry which both provide support to local businesses.  The latter has a membership base of over 1,000 locally based businesses.

The Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Team supports companies by partnering with Staffordshire University and Keele University to access support for graduate recruitment as well as for developing R&D linkages.  This includes Knowledge Transfer Partnerships which provides funding for accessing university based skills and expertise. This can be for a range of areas including product development and business process improvements.