04/04/2022 Latest business news from Wiltshire Council (see more)

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1 April 2022
This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses.

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Business Information Support at your local TEN Centre

Business Information Support is a funded programme and networking opportunity for all small business owners who are based in Swindon and Wiltshire. These events will be a chance to discuss common growing pains small businesses face, how to overcome them, and how Outset Swindon and Wiltshire plans to support you going forward.

Outset is a programme designed to help you explore self-employment as an exciting option, whether you are looking to build and grow a company, become a sole trader, or go freelance. We can help by giving you the knowledge and skills on how to progress in running a successful business.

The events take place at The Enterprise Network centres in Corsham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, and sessions can be booked on Eventbrite. When you arrive you will be asked to complete an Outset programme enrolment form which gives you access to all the support on offer.

The support is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and is completely free.

If you would like to have a chat and explore more about the support on offer, call 0800 917 1179 or visit Outset Swindon and Wiltshire

Book your place on Eventbrite
Workplace health
It’s Stress Awareness Month this April and stress in the workplace can affect every aspect of a business, from employee morale to absenteeism. Stress can also go unnoticed.

It’s important to regularly check in with your teams and share tips on ways to relax.

Get resources from the Stress Management Society
Inspire Business Awards
Inspire is hosting the Inspire Business Awards to showcase the fantastic, ambitious businesses based across the South West of England.

The last two years have been tough in one way or another for most businesses and business leaders. Despite this many have displayed amazing innovation and resilience to emerge from the pandemic in good shape to continue to serve their customers and provide a livelihood and secure future for their staff.

These awards will be somewhat different from pre-pandemic awards. Some categories will focus specifically on the achievements of many businesses in responding to the particular challenges faced by us all over the last two years, as well as those which will face us in the coming years. Examples include working towards a lower carbon economy and having a positive impact on our communities.

Entries close on 19 April.

Enter the Inspire Business Awards
Find training and employment schemes for your business
There is a dedicated page on the Government’s website to help you find training and employment schemes for your business.

A range of government programmes are available for employers considering hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff, some of which offer financial incentives.

Find training and employment schemes on GOV.UK
Fully funded courses in Wiltshire and Swindon
Skills Support for the Workforce programme is providing fully funded training courses for SMEs in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Available courses:

  • 5 April – Time Management
  • 6 April – Conflict Management
  • 6, 7 April – Effective Marketing Strategies
  • 7 April – Appraisals and Performance
  • 12 April – Project Management
  • 13 April – Excel Basic
  • 14 April – People Management
  • 20, 24 April – Sustainability Level 1
  • 21 April – Assertive Management
  • 27 April – Introduction to Leadership and Management

For more information contact your Partnership Coordinator, Lisa Hutchings at lisa.hutchings@serco.com.

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