Further support for Ashfield businesses to innovate and grow

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Businesses in Ashfield are set to benefit from a new scheme commissioned by Ashfield District Council.

“Ashfield Accelerator” will help local businesses to improve productivity through innovation and digital technology, reduce energy costs and access new overseas markets. Additional help is available to develop their workforces and get access to finance.

Ashfield Accelerator will support businesses to:

Reduce energy bills and move to Net Zero with 1-1 specialist advice to develop comprehensive energy audits and decarbonisation plans. Adopt digital technologies and take advantage of national programmes such as Innovate UK EDGE and Made Smarter through help from Innovation and Technology Specialists. Take advantage of overseas trading opportunities by producing an export or import strategy, undertaking research into overseas markets and actively preparing a product or service for export or import. Develop their workforce to increase employee capabilities, improving local productivity and business support will be focused on the district’s four key sectors: Manufacturing, Construction, Wholesale & Retail, and Transport & Storage (Logistics). Access finance including specialised consultancy through growth voucher support and grants to enable them to find suitable solutions that create sustainable growth. Grow their networks for collaboration with other local businesses.

The scheme is being delivered by

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