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5 November 2021
This newsletter provides updates on help and advice available locally for businesses.

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Help to Grow: Management course starting 23 NovemberWe have partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to deliver the exciting Help To Grow programme locally. The first Wiltshire-based course starts on 23 November, and there is still time to sign up.

The programme includes 50 hours of in depth training, one-to-one business mentoring and the opportunity to grow your business, fast.

The 12-week programme costs just £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government. You can take part around your existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

Aimed at senior leaders in small and medium businesses, the course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices.

Find out more on the UWE Bristol website
Sign up to the course starting on 23 November

New Export Support Service available to help businesses trade with Europe

If you’re a UK business selling goods or services to Europe, or thinking about starting, you can now access one-to-one advice via a new phone and online service launched by the UK government.

You can ask any question for your business, including on:

  • exporting to new markets
  • paperwork you need to sell your goods abroad
  • rules for a specific country where you want to sell services
Access the Export Support Service

International Trade Week from 15 to 19 November 2021

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has organised the UK’s first ever International Trade Week from 15 to 19 November 2021.

The week offers a series of exciting events to help businesses learn more about selling globally and connect with trade industry experts.

Whether your business currently sells goods or services internationally, or is yet to start, whether you are a small business new to exporting to multinational companies looking to expand your horizons, International Trade Week will give you the inspiration, advice and confidence to take the next steps to grow your business.

You can build your own programme of events across the week, with both virtual and in-person opportunities available. From webinars on key global markets (such as doing business in Singapore) through to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) workshops, with events will be run by both Government and businesses, there is something for every business. You can tailor your week’s programme to meet your company’s needs.

If you would like to use the week as an opportunity to share your company’s export success and/or ambition via social media, please use #MadeInBritain and #TradeWeek.

Find out more and sign up to the free events
Business climate hubCOP26 is well under way, and businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.

No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs!

Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. We’re asking you to take the first step on your journey, by committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.

Find out more and how to join the business climate hub
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