ST JOHN’S Innovation Centre has teamed up with Huntingdonshire District Council to offer a new round of Boost Your Business – a one-to-one coaching service exclusively available to companies in and around Huntingdon.

St John's panel of 22 professional business coaches has many years of experience in helping companies of all sizes and sectors to achieve their growth potential.

Boost Your Business builds on the coaching programme that St John's delivered on behalf of EEDA in 2011, which supported 107 businesses across the East of England, ranging from chilli farmers to mobile app developers.

Huntingdonshire businesses can sign up now at www.stjohns.co.uk/boost-your-business for a free introductory session, which will be hosted at Pathfinder House, in Huntingdon, on Monday January 16.

St John's managing director David Gill said: “Companies planning for significant growth in 2012 will need to be more focused, strategic and customer-driven than ever before as market conditions continue to be tough.

“St John's coaching programme has a track record of helping businesses move one step ahead of their competition. Professional business coaches – all experienced entrepreneurs themselves – help ambitious businesses plan a sustainable route to growth, avoid common pitfalls and connect with valuable new contacts within their industry.”

Following an introductory workshop focused on strategic planning for growth, each company is assigned a dedicated business coach with a wealth of industry experience and contacts.

Over four half-days of one-to-one coaching, the coach works alongside the business management team to overcome common barriers to growth, which may include issues such as market understanding, team working, supply chain development and organisational structure.

HDC is subsidising the costs of St John's dedicated coaching service for businesses in the district until March next year.