December edition of Solutions for Business newsletter
 

Solutions for Business Newsletter

An update for West Midlands partners on the roll out of Solutions for Business; the Government’s simplified portfolio of business support products.

For more information please contact:
Bev Reid-McPherson
bevreid-mcpherson@advantagewm.co.uk or
solutionsforbusiness@advantagewm.co.uk
0121 503 3515
 
 
National Progress

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is developing two new products to add to the 29 products already agreed. One is to enable Business Mentoring with growth orientated businesses and the second, Supplier Development Service, is looking to support Supply Chain activity.

More information will be shared on the new products when it is available. In the meantime, if you require further information please contact Tony Sims.

Contact: Tony Sims
E: tonysims@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 503 3283
 
 
Solutions for Business branding

All business support products within the Solutions for Business portfolio should now be promoted using the Solutions for Business brand. Brand guidelines are available via the Advantage West Midlands website.

Business Link West Midlands should always be signposted as the point of contact for more information on all Solutions for Business materials.

BIS is producing individual product branding guidance documents which will make it easier for partners to apply appropriate branding and messaging for support aligned to SfB.

Some of these documents can be found on the Advantage West Midlands website and more will be added as they become available.

The Communications team at Advantage West Midlands will continue to work with all regional partners to support them as they apply the Solutions for Business brand. For further information please contact the Communications team at Advantage West Midlands.

Contact: Communications team
E: solutionsforbusiness@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 380 3500
 
 
Requirements for Business Support projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 – 2013 funds business support projects mainly under the Stimulating Enterprise Development section of the Programme (Priority 2). All ERDF funded business support projects are required to follow and implement the full Solutions for Business branding whilst continuing to acknowledge the European Union’s support and satisfying the additional European requirements as a beneficiary of ERDF.

To assist ERDF projects with this, summary guidance has been produced and is available from the Advantage West Midlands website.

For further information on incorporating the ERDF publicity requirements with the Solutions for Business branding please contact the European Programme Management team or the contacts shown below.

Contact: Lynsey Kerr
E: lynseykerr@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 380 3613

Contact: Sarah Duggan
E: sarahduggan@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 503 3389
 
 
New Projects

A number of guidance documents have been produced by BIS to help those developing new products ensure that they fit within the new portfolio. The documents have been published on the Advantage West Midlands website and new and updated documents will be uploaded as they become available.

Advantage West Midlands will continue to work with partners to ensure that only Solutions for Business product names are used.

For further information on the Solutions for Business brand please contact our Communications team.

Contact: Tony Sims
E: tonysims@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 503 3283

Contact: Communications team
E: solutionsforbusiness@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 380 3500
 
 
Market Awareness

Advantage West Midlands has produced a Regional Guide for Partners which details all products in the portfolio with regional and/or national contact information.

An additional brochure specifically aimed at businesses is also being produced and will be promoted through the Advantage West Midlands' website.

A Finance & Grants for West Midlands businesses document has also recently been produced.

Copies of the new Reference Guide for Partners are currently being distributed to partners. If you require further copies please contact the Communications Team.

Contact: Communications team
E: solutionsforbusiness@advantagewm.co.uk
T: 0121 380 3500
 
 
National Launch

BIS is currently considering a complete product launch in March 2010. Advantage West Midlands will update all partners when further details have been received.
 
 
 
 
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