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Business Support

Dudley Business First works closely with partner organisations to offer a range of services to support your business needs.
Whatever your business needs, Dudley Business First works closely with partner organisations to provide a range of specialist services to help your business succeed.

Support is available from a number of organisations including:

  • Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Black Country Growth Hub

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One of the top three priority areas to improve Dudley’s prosperity, identified by local businesses in the Dudley Borough Business Survey, is supporting businesses to be more innovative.

This section provides information on innovation projects and support that may be available to Dudley businesses to explore and develop their innovative potential.


Initiatives including the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) and New Technologies for Automatic Identification, Location & Sensing (NTAILS) enable businesses explore opportunities to work smart and diversify.

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Recruiting and retaining people with the right skills is integral to any successful business. There is a range of support available to help with your training and recruitment needs.
Dudley Business First works closeley with a range of partners including local colleges to help businesses and their employees aquire the skills to succeed and grow.

Options include apprenticeships, taliored packages of training,industry recognised qualifications and financial support.

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Business networks can bring a range of benefits to businesses of all sizes by providing an opportunity to establish relationships and share business interests and ideas.  
There are a range of prominent business networks operating in the Black Country and West Midlands region covering a range of sectors.

Networks include:

  • West Midlands Manufacturing Club
  • Constructing Excellence Club
  • Alliance 4 the Black Country

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Dudley Business First works closely with its partners to provide a range of practical support to those looking start their own business.

Our partners provide tailored support with every aspect of start up guidance including business ideas, business plans and funding.

Help is available from a range of organisations including:

  • Black Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Start up Britain

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Dudley is committed to protecting and improving the borough’s natural environment; and managing natural (and other) resources sensibly whilst strengthening the area’s economic prosperity.

The transition to a low carbon world will transform the whole economy.

The UK aims to lead the move to a low carbon economy in a coordinated drive to tackle climate change.

Support is available from a range of sources including:

  • Green Grants Machine
  • Sustainability West Midlands
  • Dudley College Energy Training Hub

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