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Mid-February Update

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With so much going on right now and some great new opportunities out there, we hope you don't mind us sneaking in an additional mid-month update.

  • Adapt & Diversify - new grant scheme from WCC
  • Creative Futures Incubator seeks young creative businesses
  • FREE PopUp Business School - one week to go!
  • Update on Wet Led Pub Grants
  • Donut Time online networking - 10 Feb
  • Growth Hub support for businesses

New Warwickshire grant scheme - Adapt and Diversify

Warwickshire County Council have announced a new Covid-19 Adapt and Diversify grant scheme as part of a package of funding to support economic recovery in the county.

The scheme is open to all retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses and certain identified businesses in their supply chains that have also been affected by Covid-19.

The scheme is offering grants of between £2,500 to £5,000 for businesses to access specialist external advice. The scheme is also offering grants of up to £20,000 for projects which involve both specialist advice and the purchase of equipment or the refurbishment of property.

The scheme will be open for applications on 15 February and will close when all funds have been allocated. 

For details on eligibility and how to apply click here. 

New support package for creative and digital start-ups

The team at Creative Futures Incubator are looking for start-ups and early stage businesses in the creative and digital sectors to work with. 

They are offering a fantastic package which includes a subsidised co-working space at 1 Mill Street in Leamington along with 6 months of business support, mentoring and advice to help you develop and launch your business and access to University of Warwick's experts, mentors and graduate entrepreneurs.

For more details on eligibility and how to apply click here. 

PopUp Business School - 15-19 Feb

There's just one week to go until our FREE online business school - there are still some places left so don't delay and book your space now!

We have partnered with PopUp Business School to bring this revolutionary course to entrepreneurial residents, workers and students of the area. Based entirely on passion and practicality, the course is open to everyone, including under 18s. So if you want to explore the idea of running your own business, or simple want to brush up on your existing business skills, this is for you! 

And please share with friends and family too ... you never know who might be interested!

Book your place and read more.

Update on Wet Led Pub Grants

Applications for the Christmas Support Payment for Wet Led Pub grants has been extended to 28 February 2021 with payments being made until 31st March. 

For information and how to apply for one of these grants click here. 

Networking for small businesses

Wed 10 February, 10-11.30am

Donut Time is a great opportunity to say hello to some fellow small business owners, hear about what's going on locally and give yourself a well deserved pick-me-up. 

This lively Zoom event will take place on Wed 10 February at 10am and features a session from Gus Bhandal (The M Guru) who will be sharing his Top Tips on Effective Blog Writing. Also includes breakout sessions so you can get to know other business owners and connect with old friends!

Book your FREE place here.

Are you or your business struggling with the effects of the pandemic?

The Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub can help.

They can offer advice and support on:
  • Grants and loans
  • Employees and self-employed
  • Legal and HR
  • Business rates and VAT
  • Health advice
  • PPE resources
  • ... and much more
Give the team a call on 0300 060 3747, email them on or take a look at these Growth Hub websites:
Business Recovery
EU Support
Find new employees
Find your new career/next job
Please share this newsletter with anyone you know who runs their
own business or is thinking of setting up a new business.

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About Venture House...

Although our hotdesking and meeting facilities remain closed due to the pandemic, our first-floor serviced offices still remain Covid-secure and open. To find out about vacant office space, please contact us for an informal chat.

The VH Team continue to work remotely supporting local businesses in the form of business advice and signposting, start-up support, plus online workshops and networking (Donut Time). So if you are considering starting a business, want help to grow your business or are experiencing challenges within your business, please get in touch.

For more info call 07583 100488 or

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forms part of the Council's business strategy. 

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