This progressive move builds on the joint working, which Nwes and NBV – two of the largest Enterprise Agencies in the UK – have enjoyed in recent years. The merger will bring together these two dynamic not-for-profit organisations to the benefit of the start-up and existing small businesses, and will aid the long term future of entrepreneurial support across the East Midlands, East of England and London.
With 2017 seeing both Nwes and NBV celebrating 35 years of enterprise support, integration is due to commence as soon as possible, and the merger is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017.
With a network of Business Advisors and an extensive property portfolio, the Nwes group offers 1-to-1 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.
Established in 1982 to boost enterprise and jobs in the Norfolk and Waveney area, the strong vision and leadership of Nwes has seen it widen its reach to offer total business support throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex. Having completed a merger with London Small Business Centre as recently as December 2016, this move cements the Nwes group as the largest enterprise agency in the UK.
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.”