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Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce delivers a number of programmes designed to help businesses realise their growth aspirations. It can also help identify other schemes that may be applicable to your particular industry.

CONTACT: Growth Hub T: 0800 032 3488 Couple are in the driving seat By Fred Bromwich

A husband-and-wife who arrived from Iran five years ago to start a fresh life in Britain, have launched a new business enterprise with help from Birmingham Chamber. In his home country, Gholamabbas Cheraghi

used to be an accountant and his wife, Zaynab Rahgari, was a teacher. But now they have branched out into something completely different – a motor recovery business. Best Choice Recovery is based in Kings Norton

and in the three months that it has been operating the company has supplied its services to a range of garages in the Birmingham area. “Gholamabbas has a passion for driving and

the opportunity to establish our own business has provided him with his ideal job,” said Zaynab, who looks after administration. “Ultimately, we want to grow the business into

an established household name for auto recovery.” Anabela Ferreira, Business Venture manager,

said that the Chamber had helped the couple with putting together their business plan and financial forecasting. “We were delighted to provide guidance and assistance and wish them every success in the future.”

If you think we can help you with starting your own business please contact Business Venture on 0121 450 4235

Gholamabbas Cheraghi and his wife Zaynab Rahgari with Business Venture manage Anabela Ferreira (centre) Growing numbers utilising the Growth Hub

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP’s Growth Hub, which is managed by the Chamber and its partners Aston University and Birmingham City University, has now dealt with more than 4,500 enquiries. The hub, part of a national network, which

provides a single point of access for business support across the region, has also helped more than 430 businesses with intensive assistance, analysing their needs in detail and referring them on to business support, on occasions up to five separate providers. David Evans, contracts and services manager,

said: “With more than 4,500 enquiries dealt with and over 430 companies receiving more direct intensive assistance, the Growth Hub is having a real impact on growth and jobs within the

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area. “The Growth Hub is there to help businesses

from all sectors and of all sizes from pre-start to established companies. Backed by a comprehensive knowledge bank and led by experienced advisors, the Growth Hub’s aim is to help all businesses that ask for support.” The Growth Hub front line advisors, Sandra

Cunningham and Jeannette Peters– both SFEDI accredited advisors - have more than 26 years’ experience of helping businesses, gained through the Chamber and working on various business funding programmes. Business owners can also liaise with the

Growth Hub business support advisors directly, online, on the phone, or face to face where we will assess their company’s needs and signpost

them to the specific support they need to help them grow and prosper. The hub also has a comprehensive website,

which enables businesses to access information and advice about how to start, grow, run and finance their company effectively. The site provides tailored information and directs businesses to the most appropriate information and support for them. Downloadable step-by- step guides, videos and free event listings are also available online.

Contact details for the Growth Hub: Website: National helpline: 0300 456 3565 Local helpline for more tailored local support and advice: 0800 032 3488

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