July was a big month for Cirencester Growth Hub as we celebrated our first birthday. It was just over a year ago that we opened our doors in purpose-built premises at the Royal Agricultural University and became the latest addition to the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network.
Our mission then, as now, is to support new and developing Gloucestershire-based businesses through a mixture of free advice and guidance, workshops and events. Plus we offer pay-as-you-go membership for use of the co-working space, and meeting room hire.
Since we opened we have:
- Welcomed more than 2,500 visitors
- Offered personalised business support to more than 110 local businesses
- Hosted more than 30 workshops and 10 networking events
And another fun fact: more than 16,500 cups of coffee have been dispensed from our coffee machine, which uses the fantastic Golden Sheep coffee, based in Stroud.
Yesim Nicholson, Cirencester Growth Hub manager, said: “It’s been an amazing first year. The response has been fantastic, and we know, from what they tell us, that we are making a big difference to the local business community. But we’re not complacent; there are many more businesses out there who could benefit from the free support we offer, so we would urge them to get in touch and see how, together, we can help build on the business success of Cirencester and the surrounding area.”
If you run a business and are yet to visit us, do pop in – we’d love to show you around.
Plus, for the whole month of August, as a special offer, we are letting our three meetings rooms for FREE. They are a brilliant space for training, workshops or off-site meetings, and come with complementary on-site parking, wifi, tea and (awesome) coffee.
There are some Ts&Cs: the offer is for August only, for one full day (9am-5pm) per company and must be booked via telephone – 01285 889850.
Also in August, we will be running a range of workshops and one-to-one advice sessions, including Google’s Digital Garage, back by popular demand on August 14, and marketing one-to-ones on August 19 and 20.