Business support and networking organisation NBV will become a part of the NWES enterprise agency by the end of March 2017 in a new merger.
Originally formed in 1982, NBV offers comprehensive business support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses across the East Midlands and in recent years, the organisation has supported thousands of clients into business.
Lincoln-based NBV Chairman, James Pinchbeck said: “NBV has, since its inception some 30 years ago, played a key part in supporting and nurturing new business start-ups and growing businesses across the East Midlands.
“It has earned an enviable reputation for both developing and delivering business support programmes and for working with a myriad of both public and private sector providers.
“The board believes that by NBV and NWES coming together, individuals and businesses, now and in the future, will be better placed to receive an enhanced level of support, as well as the potential to benefit from some new and innovative business support initiatives.”
The NWES group offers one-to-one business advice, a range of business and personal skills training courses and events, access to finance and serviced business premises, for those wishing to start or grow a business.
NWES CEO, Kevin Horne said: “The political landscape of the country has changed immensely over the last few years and it is important that we adjust and realign accordingly.
“Neither NWES nor NBV are organisations which rest on their laurels and we are excited about our joint vision for the future.
“The merger forms part of our careful expansion programme to offer more services, to assist more people, and to continue to encourage enterprise and innovation in both the eastern region and the Midlands.
“Our existing and new clients and tenants will benefit from access to a wider range of Business Advisors, properties, products and services and will also be part of a bigger network.”