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

COVID-19: Supporting your blind and partially sighted customers

As we begin to move out of lockdown, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has created a guide for businesses to dramatically improve their experience for blind and partially sighted customers.

The guide provides practical tips and guidance on how to make your business accessible for people with perfect sight (or ‘20/20 vision’) and those who see darkness, and for people who see nothing at all.

The guide offers advice on:

  • Visual indicators and awareness
  • In-store and customer experience
  • Innovative accessible solutions
  • Home delivery and Click & Collect
  • Online, social media and video content
  • RNIB Business Services
Read the guidance here and make your business accessible.
Calling all landlords!

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have teamed up with Makespace Oxford to launch a new £1.7m project that will revitalise vacant shops across Oxfordshire.

Named ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire…’, the project aims to transform boarded up streets and empty shops into vibrant places for artists, makers, independent retailers and purpose-driven community organisations. Some buildings will form community hubs, bringing together a range of organisations spanning different sectors all under one roof.

Makespace Oxford are keen to speak to landlords and possible occupiers of vacant high street retail units across the town centres in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. 

If this is of interest, please get in touch.
Starting your own business?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been receiving a number of enquiries from those wanting to start their own business.

To help, we’ve partnered up with the Start Your Own Business team to create a free local guide for businesses based in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.

The guide includes:

  • A clear step-by-step process, with tips on tax and accountancy, funding, finding customers, social media, employing staff and more
  • A Start-up checklist
  • Who to contact and where to find support
  • Links to free resources

If you would like to receive a copy of our free ‘Start Your Own Business in South and Vale’ guide, please complete our short form here.

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

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