The Growth Hub Cirencester Embrace the New Year

Centre manager Yesim Nicholson

Happy New Year from the Growth Hub

As we move into 2019, now is an excellent time for business owners to make plans for the year ahead. At the same time, there are factors which business owners need to be aware of and to accommodate in their business planning.

For example, in April, we see the introduction of Making Tax Digital – the government’s initiative to digitalise the taxation system, which in this first phase will affect VAT returns; we have political uncertainty affecting the markets, with Brexit dominating the news agenda; and unemployment is low, so businesses looking for new staff need to be creative in the way they seek and retain employees.

At the Growth Hub, the mood is very optimistic. The office space we have available for rent is almost full and we have a growing number of business people using our extensive co-working space, either by taking out a membership or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

We are also now offering half-day passes, as we realise many people – particularly working parents – can’t come to the Hub for the whole day, and can only manage a few hours between drop-off and pick-up.

The Growth Hub, next to the Royal Agricultural University, offers business support to growing Gloucestershire businesses. Part of the wider Gloucestershire Growth Hub network, Cirencester offers a range of fully funded business support services, including one-to-one business support, workshops and events.

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Coming up in January are workshops on: helping your business to become a great place to work, on January 9; ‘How to get more done in less time’, on January 16; the second Mum and Dad Preneur networking meeting, on January 22; successful recruitment, on January 23; and on January 30 an ‘Introduction to business insurance’.

For more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit https://www.thegrowthhub.biz/cirencester-growth-hub, email the friendly team at cirencester@thegrowthhub.biz or call 01285 889850.

Centre Manager Yesim Nicholson pictured

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