Seaham-based BE Group wins contract to deliver growth in the south east

Seaham-based BE Group will lead consortium providing a growth hub in Surrey and Hampshire

Jonathan Lamb, executive director of business development at BE Group
Jonathan Lamb, executive director of business development at BE Group

A North East business has services group been chosen to deliver a growth programme for a local enterprise partnership in the south east.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership - which operates across Surrey and Hampshire - has announced that the contract to manage and operate its growth hub has been awarded to a partnership led by the Seaham-based BE Group.

BE Group is a leading services provider that specialises in business information, events and commercial development programmes.

It is one of the partners, along with The Journal and accountancy firm UNW, in the Let’s Grow fund, which has created or safeguarded more than 6,000 jobs in the region in the last few years.

BE also runs the National Business Support Helpline and will be working with Aerian, Business South, Hampshire and Surrey county councils and a collaboration of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey universities in the new scheme.

The Enterprise M3 area stretches from the outskirts of London to the New Forest and includes the “growth” towns of Woking, Guilford, Farnborough and Basingstoke.

The growth hub has been designed to help all businesses succeed and grow by offering them advice and support. With a particular emphasis placed on helping businesses with significant growth potential.

Jonathan Lamb, executive director of business development at BE Group, added: “BE Group and its partners are proud to be able to bring businesses in the Enterprise M3 area a growth hub that focuses private, public and not-for-profit sector collaboration on one objective – business growth. We believe our plans truly break the mould for supporting business growth and are confident businesses will really notice the difference.”

Geoff French, chair of enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “Enterprise M3 is extremely pleased to announce today the awarding of our Growth Hub contract to the BE Group and its partners.

“BE Group is a leading business services group in the UK and has a proven track record of successfully delivering both national and regional business support programmes, such as the Government’s National Business Support Helpline and the Growth Vouchers Programme.

“We believe that they, and our local partners, will create a Growth Hub for the Enterprise M3 area which will deliver the solutions-based business support that our businesses need in order to grow and prosper.”


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