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Volunteer Business Support Scheme

The COVID-19 crisis has created significant economic downturn and uncertainty for businesses across the UK. Hertfordshire is particularly vulnerable to these threats due to a high proportion of micro-businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.

During these unprecedented times, Hertfordshire Growth Hub, the central point of access for business support in the county, has seen a huge increase in demand from businesses that are seeking support to help them minimise the impact of COVID-19.

Working in partnership, the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Growth Hub, powered by the Hertfordshire LEP, have devised the Volunteer Business Support Scheme. The scheme has created a network of volunteers, all of which will play a vital role in supporting Hertfordshire businesses that are either critically distressed or experiencing new demands. It complements the peer-to-peer mentoring and coaching section of the Hertfordshire Growth Hub's COVID-19 Resource Hub and encourages businesses to work together during this uncertain time.

How will the scheme help my business?

The Volunteer Business Support Scheme has been designed to help start-ups and SMEs bounce back as best they can. By bringing together a network of highly experienced volunteers, your business can now access on-going support.

Your business will be matched to a volunteer from the same sector or similar business background, enabling targeted support and help with navigating through all the available resources. All volunteers have experience of managing or coaching at a strategic level and will act as a critical friend. The scheme is based on continued business and moral support offered online through email/video calls or by telephone and in a way that works for both your business and the volunteer supporter.

How can my business access support?

If your business is interested in benefitting from the scheme, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch.