Stoke Staffs LEP

Note: As well as the national support signposted on this page, local businesses can also seek locally tailored advice and support through the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub, via its business helpline.

You can contact the Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002, or by e-mail to

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub

National Business Support

There is a wide range of national business support offered through UK Government and its constituent components. The websites for these bodies are listed below and on them you will find lots of useful information and opportunities to support your business development.

What our own Growth Hub support offers is additional locally informed and tailored personal advice from the people with experience in working with the other local and national support programmes.

UK Government has created a new website and helpline for businesses called Business is Great. On this site you will find lots of useful information about schemes available to fund and support your business development.

The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into GOV.UK. Here you can see all policies, announcements, publications, statistics and consultations.

The Department for International Trade secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade

HMRC are the UK’ tax and customs authority, responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services. They facilitate legitimate trade and protect our economic, social and physical security.

The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

ACAS provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. They support the workforce relationships which underpin business success.

The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.