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In this edition ...
  • Government support for business
  • Top tips for getting paid on time
  • New redundancy support service for C&W
  • Have you got an idea for a business?
  • Donut Time networking - 11 November
  • Survive, Sustain and Grow programme
  • New grant for creatives
  • Skills and learning
  • New audio tour for Stratford visitors
  • Digital Annual Business & Economic Conference
  • Rural matters...
  • Other interesting stuff...
  • Advert: Stratford Family Mediation
  • Events & Networking

Government support for business

Government information available to businesses is changing regularly.  We recommend you keep a close eye on the following websites:

The latest Coronavirus news:
Job Support Scheme
Track and trace self-isolation payment scheme

Businesses are being asked to immediately contact Warwickshire Public Health if they have two or more suspected or positive cases of Covid-19. You should also notify the Public Health England West Midlands by ringing 0344 225 3560.

Warwickshire businesses open to the public are also being urged to download the new NHS QR code posters following the launch of the new NHS Covid-19 App.

EU Exit
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020. Business need to act now to get ready for new rules that will come into force from 1 January 2021. To receive updates on the latest information for businesses, subscribe for free to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s bulletin here.

Top tips for getting paid on time

If you attended Donut Time last month then you will have seen Jodie Jones of the Small Business Commissioner giving her top tips for getting paid on time. She has created this blog for us which details some simple yet effective tips which can help ensure that as a small business owner, you get paid on time. 

Read the full blog here.

New redundancy support service for Coventry & Warwickshire

The new Coventry & Warwickshire Redundancy Support Service (CWRSS) is designed to support local businesses through these turbulent times as they make some quite difficult decisions in the months and possibly years ahead. The CWRSS can offer a wide variety of support from E-packs to workshops and one to one sessions.

As part of the support, weekly events are being hosted by the CWRSS and businesses are invited to join industry experts to explore such topics as:
  • Emergency Funding and Finance
  • Business Support and Planning for the Future
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Staff Retainment and Training Programmes
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Employment Support
Book your free place on one of the Thursday morning sessions.

Th CWRSS is a collaborative service created by Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and partners such as Department for Working & Pensions, CWLEP and many more.

Have you got an idea for a business? 

The JumpStart Project has been designed to help anyone who has a business idea but doesn't know where to start or how to go about getting it off the ground. 

The programme provides business support workshops as well as the tools and knowledge to confidently start a business - all absolutely free. Some of the topics included are personal development, business planning, cashflow forecasting and social media.

If you are interested or know someone who is, then please contact the JumpStart team on 02476 551777, by email or send the JumpStart team a message on Facebook by searching “JumpStart Project”.
Next Donut Time: Wed 11 November, 10-11.30am
Connect with local small businesses at our free
Zoom networking event featuring a session
from Jim Clark of the CWLEP Growth Hub on

"EU Exit for small and micro businesses" 
plus breakouts for social time with other business owners.
Book your FREE place here 

Survive, sustain and grow programme

The Survive, Sustain and Grow Programme is a new £300,000 initiative launched by Warwickshire County Council which will provide businesses with an enhanced business consultancy service to assist with their post Covid-19 recovery plans.

The program is free of charge and open to all small businesses in Warwickshire but does have a particular focus on the retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors. 

Also, WCC are extending their own successful internal Employee Assistance Programme to the employees and owners of micro and small businesses who may be struggling with stress and anxiety at this time with practical and emotional support.

New grant for creatives

The Arts Council England have invested £18 million of National Lottery funding to develop a new grant for creative individuals and practitioners. 

Applicants can apply for a grant between £2,000 and £10,000 for activities such as research and development opportunities, building new networks and creating new work.

The funding will be available between October 2020 and October 2021 and will be released in 4 rounds. Applications for the first round need to be in by 5 November 2020. 

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply here.

Skills and learning

On-demand courses in culture, tourism and digital
For anyone working in Culture, Tourism and Digital roles in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, Warwickshire College Group is offering a range of FREE 20hr on-demand courses. 
Read more here. 

Peer Networks Programme for 18-30s
Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises to grow and develop.
In partnership with the CWLEP Growth Hub, the CW Chamber of Commerce is delivering a Peer Networks programme specifically designed to support young, aspiring business leaders, aged between 18-30, in either the Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sector or the Professional Services sector.
Read more here.

New audio tour for Stratford visitors

Vidi Guides and Shakespeare's England have partnered up to create a brand-new self guided podcast tour which will allow visitors to learn all about Shakespeare and his history at their own leisure and enjoyment. 

All visitors need to do is download the Shakespeare's England podcast, go to the start point, press play and begin the tour. It includes details of Shakespeare's life, visits to some of the town's oldest and most renowned buildings and even some conspiracy theories around Shakespeare's work. 

The tour is 45 minutes long and covers a distance of approximately 1.3km. It costs £7 to download.  

Read the full press release here.
Digital Annual Business & Economic Conference
from the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday 11 November 2020, 2.30 - 4.30pm on Zoom
Focusing on how Coventry & Warwickshire can bounce back from the devestating impact of COVID-19, as well as exploring the fantastic opportunities that Coventry 2021 & Birmingham 2022 will bring to our region.
Book your conference place here
Find out about networking and free training events from the Chamber

Rural matters ...

The Warwickshire Rural Hub has a new Webinars webpage - watch past webinar recordings on such subjects as partnership agreements & succession planning, renewable energy solutions and championing the farmed environment.

HS2 news: section of A425 between Southam and Ufton closed from 26/10/20 for up to 9 months.

The Kenilworth Show, on Saturday 5 June 2021 at Stoneleigh Park, is seeking volunteers. Contact Sam on

Sign up to the free Warwickshire Rural Watch Email Messaging System. And while you're there, take a look at the Rural Watch crime prevention advice sheets for advice on how to protect your rural business.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is seeking to acquire land which is difficult to farm productively through purchase, donation or long term agreements.  Email Ian Jelley for full details. 
Over £670 million in loans given to struggling C&W firms during pandemic.

Take the annual ScaleUp Survey to help the ScaleUp Institute understand the barriers to the future growth of your business.

Growth Hub highlights HS2 supply chain opportunities for businesses across the region. 

New electric motor boats for the River Avon.

The Small Business Saturday Virtual Roadshow starts on 2nd November. The tour will consist of 1 to 1 mentoring sessions and workshops for local businesses. Click here to see how you can get involved.

Local law firm Lodders has been named a UK Business Hero by the British Chamber of Commerce.

Help retailers solve the Christmas conundrum - take this Maybe* shopping survey. 

Wellesbourne cafe provides catering for Compton Verney.

Royal Mail launches doorstep parcel collection service.

Stratford Family Mediation 

‘No one likes a fight. There is a better way to resolve conflict’ - this is the strapline of Stratford Family Mediation, the latest company to move into Venture House.  

Couples turn to family mediators when a marriage or relationship irretrievably breaks down, normally when issues arise about child arrangements, property and finances.  Professional mediation is a voluntary and confidential process which is a less expensive, less disruptive or acrimonious and normally a quicker way of resolving family conflict than through the court process.

If you would like to learn more about Family Mediation please visit our website or contact Cathy on


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

October events

Webinar - Coventry Public Realm Improvement Programme - Coventry City Council - 3 Nov
Start up workshop - Instagram for beginners - Chamber of Commerce - 3 Nov
Tech start up webinar - Marketing in the Covid-19 era - CUE - 3 Nov
Start up workshop - An introduction to marketing - Chamber of Commerce - 4 Nov
Retail Therapy Christmas Shopping Showcase - 4 Nov
Webinar - Building digital resilience in your business - Chamber of Commerce - 4 Nov
Tech start up webinar - How to make money online - CUE - 5 Nov
Start up workshop - What you need to consider for your website - Chamber of Commerce - 10 Nov
Start up workshop - Writing your business plan - Chamber of Commerce - 11 Nov
Tech start up webinar - How to come up with a profitable business idea - CUE 12 Nov
Online branding masterclass - how to get your message across - Chamber of Commerce - 17 Nov
Webinar - Productivity via time management - Business Ready - 17 Nov
Webinar - Coventry and Warwickshire redundancy support service - 19 Nov
Tech start up webinar - SEO for the novice - CUE - 19 Nov
Webinar - Developing great networking and negotiating skills - CUE - 20 Nov
Webinar - Creating your marketing strategy - Business Ready - 24 Nov
Start up workshop - Getting started with finances - Chamber of Commerce - 25 Nov
Webinar - Coventry and Warwickshire redundancy support service - 26 Nov
Tech start up webinar - How to survive a start up - CUE 26 Nov
Webinar - Winning and retaining customers - Business Ready - 30 Nov

Take Action Tuesday - Business Helpline - Chamber of Commerce - Every Tuesday 11am to 1pm

Local Networking

Whether you are a seasoned networker or are new to the world of networking, there are still plenty of opportunites 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 of setting up a new business.

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For the time being, our hotdesking and meeting facilities remain closed due to Covid-19. However, our first-floor serviced offices remain accessible. 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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