Worcestershire business support provider BizSmart has expanded into Gloucestershire with the launch of its first franchise.
Established in 2012, BizSmart brings business leaders together via peer-to-peer learning and engagement and has helped hundreds of businesses across the Midlands to scale up and improve operating practices.
Founder and managing director Kevin Brent launched the BizSmart franchise model in 2020 to enable professionals to build and establish their own business support offering under the BizSmart umbrella.
The new BizSmart Gloucestershire franchise will be led by Granger Forson who has worked with small, medium and large businesses for more than 25 years.
Kevin Brent, founder and managing director of BizSmart, said: “Given the unprecedented times businesses have faced over the last 18 months, now is the ideal time to expand BizSmart’s support across the UK to help more businesses than ever overcome challenges and reach their full potential.
“The launch of BizSmart Gloucestershire would not have been possible without the support of Worcestershire County Council and its Here 2 Help Business grant which helped us with funding to develop our franchise infrastructure. I would also like to thank Ashton’s Franchising and Ashtons Legal for their advice and Franchise Focus and AB Commercial for their support.
“I wish BizSmart Gloucestershire every success in helping local firms grow and develop in the months and years to come and I can’t think of a better or more experienced person to carry the BizSmart® name in the region than Granger.
“We have spent the last eight years honing the BizSmart model and the success of our approach has been proven time and time again in Worcestershire. We now look forward to continuing the expansion of our franchise network and scaling our approach UK wide.”
The launch of BizSmart’s Gloucestershire franchise comes following a period of significant growth for the business.
In December 2020, BizSmart was also awarded six cohorts across Worcestershire and the Marches under the Governments’ ‘Peer Networks’ programme, which saw it help more local business leaders surpass challenges and grow their businesses. Following its success, the support provider has also been awarded four cohorts across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, and two in Lancashire.