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

We can now confirm that the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant Fund) will be open for applications next week.

We will send out a newsletter confirming the eligibility criteria and application link as soon as the scheme goes live.

The Councils are also finalising the application and payment process for the following grants and will offer a further update via the newsletter as soon as possible:

Our local businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we understand that it can be difficult to find the right person to talk to.

As a bit of light amidst the gloomy start to the year, we have partnered with Graham Ballantyne, Director of UK Business Mentoring Group, to bring you a FREE online workshop on the Seven Secrets to Improve your Business Profits.

As a bonus, Graham will be offering all attendees a FREE one hour mentoring session, so you can get specialist one-to-one advice to help your business navigate through the current economic uncertainty.

Date and time

Wednesday 27 January

14:00 - 15:00

About this event

The workshop will explore seven key areas that will make a real impact on your business' ability to make money. The workshop is specifically aimed at businesses located within South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available. Our first workshop has sold out, so be sure to register quickly!

This one-hour workshop will follow the format of:

  • LEARN - discover the seven key areas
  • DISCUSS - share ideas with the host and other attendees
  • APPLY - apply these to your business to increase your profit
OxLEP's Post-EU Transition Service

The OxLEP Business team are offering businesses in Oxfordshire a tailored support service from experienced business advisers.

They can help find answers to your specific post-EU transition questions, as well as reviewing the impact these changes may have on your business and helping you develop an action plan. They can provide you with one-to-one guidance and advice on challenges and opportunities in the following areas:

  • Importing and exporting
  • Regulations and standards
  • Workforce and people 
  • Business and legal requirements 
  • Energy and climate
  • Public procurement, IP and UK EU Funding
This programme will be supported by a number of online events, giving you access to experienced advisers. 

Find out more on our Brexit Transition page.

Are you an Energy Pathfinder?

Oxfordshire Greentech and OxLEP have launched a competition to find the best low carbon energy projects in Oxfordshire.

The competition, known as Energy Pathfinders: 2050 (EP:50), will shine a light on a wide range of vibrant and dynamic projects in the built environment and communities, transport and infrastructure, and energy efficiency and demand reduction. The judges will also make a further award to a project which demonstrates exemplary standards of diversity and inclusion and embodies key aspects of the Energy Strategy.

Your project, if selected, will become part of an Energy Pathfinder showcase for clean technology, helping you to connect with potential investors, influencers and customers.

Find out how to apply here.

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

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