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Partnership with university offers start-up support

Ten start-up businesses are to benefit from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce memberships thanks to a partnership with Birmingham City University’s STEAMincubator. The university has purchased 10 memberships for start-up companies based at the incubator, a new business facility based on the ground floor of Millennium Point. The STEAMincubator programme

supports students, graduates and local entrepreneurs who wish to start and grow a business. Businesses based at the facility

also have access to flexible business support including workshops, one- to-one mentoring and coaching, an entrepreneur in residence and one- to-one support for legal and accounting/financial issues. Those start-ups receiving

Chamber memberships will have regular meetings with the GBCC team to help them capitalise on the benefits.

Work station: The dedicated space at Millennium PoInt

Christopher Nixon, group

relationship development manager at the Chamber, who will be working closely with businesses involved in the initiative, said: “Programmes like this are so important to help give start-up businesses the support they need.” Paul Faulkner, chief executive at

the Chamber, said: “Ten start-ups will benefit from the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities on offer through the STEAMincubator as well as having the opportunity to grow through the Chamber network.”

Members benefit from financial help

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has struck a partnership with a leading finance platform to provide members with support in accessing funding and finance solutions. Finpoint, which helps

businesses find finance from the UK’s largest panel of lenders, has agreed a deal to become the Chamber’s preferred business finance hub. Through the use of its

proprietary technology, Finpoint disrupts the traditional broker market to make sourcing finance more efficient, transparent and to offer SMEs competitive terms. As exclusive delivery partner for UK Finance, the voice for 250 UK

Additional help: Guy Bridge

banks and finance firms, Finpoint is the only platform featuring traditional banks and alternative business lenders. Business owners are able to check their eligibility across the whole

market with ease. Digital tools guide users of the service through every step, including options to add data from Companies House, Open Banking and accounting software packages. Guy Bridge, Finpoint CEO, said: “The board is extremely excited

about the exclusive partnership we have entered into with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. “It will enable Chamber members to get additional help and support when they are raising finance in these challenging times.”

Virtual awards donations boost charity

More than £3,300 was raised for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity’s £3.5m Woodland House Appeal at the Great Birmingham Chamber of Commerce annual awards, thanks to generous donations from the audience, as well as a £2,000 gift from the Richardson Brothers Foundation. Birmingham Women’s Hospital

Charity is fundraising to bring the standalone bereavement centre to its Edgbaston-based hospital, in support of families who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss. A spotlight was shone on the

Woodland House Appeal at the virtual awards ceremony, as Chamber president, Steve Allen’s chosen the Charity of the Year. The Richardson family, who also

sponsored the Greater Birmingham Business of the Year award at the ceremony, learned about the appeal from Steve Allen and wanted to lend their support in making Woodland House a reality. Martyn Richardson said: “As a

business created here in the West Midlands with deep and enduring family values, we are pleased to offer our support to the Women’s Hospital, which is one of only two in the UK, and cares for around

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Welcome gift (left to right): Louise McCathie, Steve Allen, Chamber chief executive Paul Faulkner, Joe Robinson (Richardson Brothers Foundation) and Martyn Richardson

2,000 grieving mums and dads from all over the country.” Mr Allen said: “I would like to

thank the Richardson family for not only supporting the Chamber awards but for making this very generous donation to my chosen charity, the Woodland House Appeal. We were all disappointed that the Woodland House Appeal

wasn’t able to reap the benefits of a full-scale Chamber annual dinner this year, where 1,400 people would have been in attendance. “However, it has made myself

and the Chamber team even more determined to support this vitally- important project. We’re extremely grateful to the Richardson family for their significant donation and to

all those who donated during our virtual awards ceremony. “The Woodland House Appeal is ongoing and I would encourage others not only to donate but to find out more about the cause and how their business can become involved.”


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