Welcome to the latest edition of our South and Vale Business Support newsletter!

The Government has urged shoppers to take part in Shop Local Week to help local businesses rebuild from COVID-19. The scheme is part of the Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, encouraging people to get back to normal while staying safe.

By shopping locally, people can help local business owners and local communities get back up and running.

We're encouraging shoppers to support their local high streets now that it's safe to go back and visit.

Share your best #ShopLocalWeek photo and tag @teamSVBS so we can share your services!

£20 million Government programmes to help small businesses grow

The government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills.

The help will be delivered through the Small Business Leadership Programme and the Peer Networks Programme.

The 10-week Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening leadership skills, and the Peer Networks Programme will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills through a series of guided exercises.

Find out more on our website.
Interested in developing your digital skills for free?

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is an international programme that helps people develop digital skills for free.

Our learners include school pupils, apprentices, business leaders, pensioners, students and community groups.

Through a series of online challenges, users complete interactive modules known as ‘badges’, which can be accessed for free on any device connected to the internet.

Discover how to get started here.
Your lockdown lifestyle: how active are you?

Nationally, 33% of adults are doing less exercise than before the COVID-19 outbreak and 40% of children are doing less than 30 minutes a day.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils would like to understand the impact COVID-19 is having on your physical activity levels and attitudes towards getting active. Your answers will help us plan for a safe return to activities that we run or support in your local area.

Those who would like to contribute have until Tuesday 8 September 2020 to fill in the survey.

Complete the survey here.

Find out more by reading the Business and Innovation Strategy Action Plans 
on our SVBS website.

Copyright © 2020 South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, all rights reserved.

To find out more about how the council holds, uses and stores your personal data, please click on the appropriate council’s link:

South Oxfordshire District Council   | 
Vale of White Horse District Council