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A new business accelerator to support entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses has been launched by Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

This funding has enabled a collaboration between HDC and Deyton Bell, who have been commissioned to deliver a 12-month programme for new and existing businesses.

The scheme is now open to entrepreneurs who have an idea to start a business and to those who have already started and are looking to develop and grow.

The programme offers free business support, helping people to develop their ideas, increase business survivability, access experts and peer group support in addition to a range of workshops from understanding finances, operations to marketing skills and more.

Delivered by one-to-one and specialist workshops, this is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower businesses and entrepreneurs.

Cllr Sam Wakeford, Executive Councillor for Jobs, Economy and Housing at Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "We’re pleased to appoint Deyton Bell in this collaboration to empower and support new and existing businesses to thrive in our district. This programme offers invaluable support and will help to grow an even more prosperous business community within Huntingdonshire."

Nykki Rogers, HDC’s Economic Development Manager, said: "I’m looking forward to supporting our residents choosing to start their own business. In any start-up, it’s vital to have a strong support network and our aim with the peer-to-peer groups is to foster a thriving business community and inspire each other with long-lasting connections and support."

Robert Smith, Corporate Services Manager at Deyton Bell, said: "We are extremely excited to be partnering with Huntingdonshire District Council to provide this support for entrepreneurs and new businesses in the Huntingdonshire area.

Deploying our highly successful business support programme that tailors support precisely to the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses we can’t wait to get started assisting businesses to ‘Start, Grow & Flourish’."

The project is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is now open. For more information about the programme, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit Huntingdonshire Business Accelerator.