Written by Tracey Waters, Project Manager at Konnect for Business. 

 

July Monthly Briefing: ‘Successful local business support service will soon be available to all businesses in Cornwall’

 

 

We are all aware of the challenges that businesses and individuals have been facing over the past couple of years due to Brexit, the pandemic and now the conflict in Ukraine. Many businesses have been forced to close for prolonged periods of time, which meant a large loss in revenue and employees seeking work elsewhere.

Although the government has given additional support to a range of businesses across the country, this has not enabled all businesses to bounce back. Konnect for Business is pleased to be offering a scheme that has been supporting businesses across Cornwall since July 2021.

We developed Konnect for Business to offer specialist advice, support and mentorship to business owners in Cornwall that have particular issues, or start-ups looking for general help and guidance. We recognised the importance of keeping these businesses going for the economy of Cornwall, especially in the more deprived parts of the county.

Our experienced team of business specialists has been giving tailored mentoring and coaching to each business, providing them with valuable, practical support, gained through their own personal experiences within the industry. They show real passion for helping local businesses develop and grow.

Jamie Smith, one of the specialists assisting SMEs on the scheme, said: “It’s an honour to work with such an array of promising and vibrant businesses in order to help them get to the next stage of growth. It can be challenging and often lonely running a small business and it’s great that Konnect for Business has enabled us to provide this support for so many people at such a critical time.”

We are now helping 36 organisations and have successfully completed our package of support with 18 of those. We are passionate about businesses and individuals in Cornwall and have been working with large and small organisations. We are extremely honoured to have received great feedback from those we have helped so far.

At the launch we could not have dreamed of such an amazing response, nor that we would have achieved our quarterly target sooner than expected.

Konnect for Business is a one-stop-shop for businesses to gain support in all areas. Our key areas of expertise are:

  • Business development and growth
  • Marketing strategy, development and implementation
  • Financial forecasting
  • Bid writing and fundraising
  • Leadership development
  • Staff wellbeing
  • HR policies and practices
  • Recruitment

Following the success to date, we are very excited to be launching a new project later this year where we will be expanding the service across Cornwall and the UK and to those not eligible for fully-funded support.

Profits made will fund the work of Konnect Communities, which supports individuals across the county who are facing challenges in their lives, this includes victims and offenders of crime, those facing homelessness and young people struggling to remain in education.

We are all aware that the challenges still continue for many businesses across the country, with many struggling to find and retain staff. Brexit has meant many employees have been unable to stay and hospitality staff have been forced into different professions following closures. We are so excited to be extending our service across Cornwall and the UK, in the hope that we can reach these businesses and do what we can to support them.

If you are a business owner and feel you would benefit from our help, please do not hesitate to get in touch: hello@konnectforbusiness.co.uk. We are aiming to launch our new paid for service in September so, even if you are not eligible for our fully-funded programme, we may be able to assist you later in the year.