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Cirencester Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

Cirencester Growth Hub - created to help drive economic growth in the town and Gloucestershire - is celebrating its first birthday.

Funded by a £1.25m grant from the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and by the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), it opened last July in purpose-built premises at the RAU, becoming the latest addition to the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network.

Cirencester Growth Hub's mission is to support new and growing Gloucestershire-based businesses through a mixture of free advice and guidance, workshops and events. The venue also offers pay-as-you-go membership for use of the co-working space and meeting room hire.

Since it opened, the Growth Hub's management team have welcomed more than 2,500 visitors, offered personalised business support to more than 110 local businesses and hosted more than 30 workshops and 10 networking events.

Yesim Nicholson, Cirencester Growth Hub manager, said: "It's been an amazing first year. The response has been fantastic and we know that we are making a big difference to the local business community.

"But there are many more businesses out there who could benefit from the free support we offer, so we would urge them to get in touch and see how we can help build on the business success of Cirencester and the surrounding area."

To mark its birthday, Cirencester Growth Hub is letting its three meeting rooms for free, for the whole of August. The offer is for one full day (9am-5pm) per company and must be booked by telephone on 01285 889850.

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