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Support to Grow

Dudley Business First works closely with partner organisations to provide a range of services to meet your business needs.

High Speed 2 (HS2) Opportunities

High Speed 2 (HS2) is one of the most demanding and exciting transport projects in Europe and there will be thousands of opportunities within the HS2 supply chain. These will be:

  • created across many business sectors, requiring a wide range of capabilities;

  • suitable for suppliers of all sizes; and

  • generated over a number of years.


Registration is via email to ‘Supply Communications’. Email  SCC@hs2.org.uk to be added to the supply chain distribution list. HS2 Ltd will then invite companies to business events, highlight new opportunities and provide updates on the latest project news.

Supply chain opportunities

The construction of Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands presents a great opportunity for businesses from large to small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to benefit from tens of thousands of supply chain opportunities. Refer to the HS2 website regularly where supply chain opportunities will be advertised in due course. To view the HS2 website click here

Any queries relating to supply chain opportunities and how the Government  intend to manage them should be sent via email to the ‘Supply Chain Communications’ mailbox at:

GetSet for Growth

GetSet for Growth is a specialist service designed for businesses with the ambition and potential to grow.

Made up of finance, sales, marketing and business development experts, the GetSet for Growth West Midlands team is dedicated to offering their support and expertise to SMEs in the West Midlands area, thanks to the Regional Growth Fund.

SMEs from all sectors are eligible to register for support.

For further information and to register please click here

The Manufacturing Hub

The Manufacturing Hub is the ‘go to place’ for essential services that will help your business unlock its potential and grow.
The Manufacturing Hub provides specialist industrial support, from a collective of five organisations which have joined forces to provide a single source solution for manufacturers looking to access high quality continuous improvement, lean production, funding, strategy and sales and marketing support.

For further information click here

Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. They focus on delivering bespoke manufacturing system solutions for our customers.

For further information click here

COBRA - The Complete Business Reference Adviser

Dudley Libraries has a subscription to this online resource giving you FREE access when you log in with your library card and pin number.

To access COBRA click here.

RAISE - Raising Aspriations, Inspiring Self-Employment/Social Enterprise

Access to Business and SWEDA offer advice and support with your business needs. From initial advice and guidance from qualified business advisors to free workshops and networking events.

For more information visit SWEDA's website or call 0121 525 2558

Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to the UK. 


DIT are responsible for:

  • developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe

  • developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries

  • negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)

  • providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment

For more information call DIT West Midlands on 0345 222 0159 or email enquiries@uktiwm.co.uk or to visit the DIT website click here.

Innovation 1st

Innovation 1st is a project that assists small organisations (fewer than 250 employees) to explore business opportunities through the innovative use of technology. Companies are able to use the various cutting edge devices, discuss opportunities with advisors who have industry knowledge and experience and explore new and innovative product ideas. Organisations are also able to trial software that might be new to them, in a supportive environment, to identify ways in which their business may benefit from the adoption of enhanced technology.

Innovation 1st works with many sectors including:

  • ICT and Digital Media

  • Environmental/Carbon Management

  • Built Environment (Construction and Offsite Manufacturing)

  • High Value Manufacturing

  • Medical and Health (including Leisure)

    For more information click here

Touch Digital

Touch Digital is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.

Whether you’re a new or established company, your business can use the Touch Digital Team’s expertise and resources to:

  • Explore, research and develop ideas and concepts

  • Prototype new products

  • Enhance your existing products and services

  •  Measure the usability of your product to see if it meets its intended purpose

  • Adopt their free digital products to complement your services

  • Market your business in the digital era

As Touch Digital is a fully funded project, there is no financial cost to businesses that use their services.

Businesses in the majority of sectors can be supported however, there are a few limitations.

For further information click here

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and economic growth in the UK. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme addresses the support gap for growth-orientated small businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. Designed by business education experts and run in partnership with leading UK universities and business schools, the programme is fully funded for all participants.

The 10KSB UK Programme is a partnership between Goldman Sachs, the Goldman Sachs Foundation and leading UK universities.

For more information visit our website

Business Networks

There are a range of prominent business networks operating in the Black Country and West Midlands region.

For more information on business networks click here

Planning for Business

For information on change of business use, commercial development, signs and adverts and working from home, visit the Planning for Business area of Dudley MBC's website. You can also contact the Planning Help Desk on 01384 814136 or for further information on Planning Services click here

Business Rates

To find out information regarding Business Rates (National Non-Domestic Rates) on Dudley Council's website click here

Alternatively for assistance and advice call 0300 5558000.

Business Continuity

Dudley Council’s emergency planning service provides advice and assistance on business continuity to small businesses. They are available to discuss any issues you may have, and to provide you with guidance and useful documentation to help you improve your resilience to business interruption.

To find out more about Business Continuity click here

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