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We hope you are keeping safe and well during these most challenging of times.

This mid-month update focuses on the support that is available to assist you and your business through the pandemic. A number of you have asked about the top-up to the local business grant funding scheme – this information is not yet available but, rest assured, we will notify you as soon as we hear more.

Should you have any questions or require guidance on finding information for your business, please don't hesitate to contact us at email

In this edition ...
  • Latest guidance on working safely during coronavirus
  • Coronavirus guidance from Venture House
  • Impact survey for rural businesses
  • MoneySavingExpert's financial guide
  • Businesses urged to prepare for further virus waves
  • Helping local people in crisis
  • Business advice from the CW Growth Hub
  • Message from Copy Café
  • Message from Simple Steps to Health
  • Online events and networking

Latest guidance on working safely during coronavirus

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help the self-employed, employers and employees to understand how to work safely in their differing workplaces during the pandemic.

There are 8 guides that cover a range of different types of work and you may find more than one applies to you. 

Click here for more info.

For more guidance on the extended furlough scheme, bounce back loans and other government measures visit the Venture House website:

Impact survey for rural businesses

In their efforts to support rural businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Warwickshire Rural Hub has been working with partners, the CW Growth Hub and WCC, to help support rural businesses across the county.

The Hub has devised a short survey and the data gathered will be fed back to government to help determine future funding and support for the rural sector. There is also an opportunity to ask for advice and support for your business in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak.

If your trading has been affected by Covid-19, please take 5 minutes to complete the tick box survey and help influence support for the rural sector going forward. The closing date is 1 June.

Complete the short Rural Businesses Impact Survey.

MoneySavingExpert's guide for the
self-employed and small limited company

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live. It's an anxious and upsetting time, and while the primary concern is health, many who are self-employed have found they can't continue in business.

This guide from the MoneySavingExpert looks at your rights as a self-employed person and what support's out there – including help for limited company directors.


Businesses urged to prepare for further waves of coronavirus 

Leading figure for public health in Coventry, Liz Gaulton, is urging businesses across the county to seek advice on preparing for working life alongside Covid-19, after warning that future waves of the virus are likely until a vaccine is found.

Read more on the CW Growth Hub’s website

Helping local people in crisis

Anyone can reach crisis point and the Foodbank is there to help when this happens. Get help here

If you want to help your local community during the Covid-19 crisis, contact the Stratford Foodbank. They rely on the support of the local community for food donations, volunteering and finances.

Here’s a list of the items the Foodbank currently need
Do you need some business advice re COVID-19?
Are you looking to grow your business or
set up a new venture?

The local business experts from the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub are here to help.
For a friendly and confidential chat
call 0300 060 3747 or email

Free copywriting support

for small business owners 

Get Copy Café Light membership completely FREE for 6 months:

This copywriting support is designed to help you position your expertise, maintain your visibility and make the most of opportunities – now and during the months ahead…

Use it to share your copywriting challenges, build contacts and connections, and gain tips and ideas for how you can make words work harder for you and your business.

Time on your hands? Need extra income? Seeking a new challenge?

Simple Steps to Health is an international health business with 27 years’ experience and we are now looking to grow our business in the UK.

If you are interested in partnering with us to create a part-time income with future potential to build a full-time international business, email Craig on at for further information.

(Experience of using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc an advantage.)

Let us know about any forthcoming events you would like us to include in future updates.


Local Events

Looking after customers webinar - 15 May (email organiser for details)
How to pitch webinar (Session 3) - 19 May 
Social media Question Time - 19 May
Digital marketing planning webinar - 20 May
Coaching for performance - Individuals & teams webinar - 20 May
Maximise LinkedIn with innovative marketing - 21 May
Impostor syndrome session - 21 May
Resilience and sustainability webinar - 22 May (email organiser for details)
How to write your business plan webinar (Session 4) - 26 May
BusinessCLUB - 27 May
The business growth formula webinar - 29 May (email organiser for details)

New Business Start-up Workshops - an ongoing programme of events across Coventry and Warwickshire

Local Networking

Whether you are a seasoned networker or are new to the world of networking, there are still plenty of opportunities to connect with other businesses as many of the friendly local networking groups are running online events. Take a look at our list of local networking groups for further details.  If you are running online networking events, please tell us about it and we can add update your listing.

Please share this newsletter with anyone you know who runs their own business or is thinking about doing so, who organises training and events or who works from home.

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About Venture House...

Venture House is a fresh and friendly business centre dedicated to supporting businesses, organisations, entrepreneurs and homeworkers. The Centre provides flexible and affordable office, desk and meeting space, as well as a full programme of workshops, networking events and advice to start and grow your business.

For more info call 01789 207500

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