Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week's edition is slightly shorter that usual, this is as the team are busy finalising two new business grant streams that we're aiming to launch this Thursday 25 November.

The new grants we'll be offering include a start-up grant, and a sector hardship grant. We'll send out a special edition of the newsletter to confirm all relevant details ahead of the launch later this week, please do keep an eye out for more information. 

In the meantime, within this edition, you can find details of a new £1m John Lewis backed fund to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy.  We're also showcasing the return of in person networking in Thame, with the local SVBS supported Business Buzz event restarting at a new venue. 

We hope you find the update useful, and remember, if you have business, news, an event, or opportunity or you would like us to feature, please get in touch.

- Team SVBS
John Lewis Partnership launches new £1 million Circular Future Fund

In partnership with Hubbub, the John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1 million fund to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy.  

The fund will provide grants between £150,000 - £300,000 and will be ideal for businesses who are rethinking waste with new products or materials, finding creative ways to shift consumer mindsets or developing new business models and services.

The funding will support a small number of high quality, innovative projects over one year, starting in May 2022. Projects will be selected by a Grant Panel, consisting of independent experts on the circular economy, grant making and innovation authorities, as well as senior representatives from the John Lewis Partnership. 

If you would like to be involved, complete your application on the Circular Future Fund website by 9 January 2022.
Get involved in our six-week campaign

We're currently running a six-week "Greening the Web" campaign to highlight the easy ways your business can reduce your digital carbon footprint.

Until 17 December, we're posting a message at midday, each day, on our Twitter and Facebook pages, with a different theme for each week.

Last week we focused on green hosting providers and this week, we're covering the simple things you can do to make your website greener, that are also good for business.

We'd love for you to get involved in the campaign. You can request our free guide via the below link, and share the actions you’re taking on social media by using the hashtag #DigitalCarbonFootprint!

Find out more on our website.
Thame face-to-face Business Buzz is back!

We're pleased to announce that the SVBS-supported Thame Business Buzz is moving back to face-to-face meetings! The first event will take place at Thame Snooker Club on Friday 3 December.

Date and time:
Every first Friday of the month
10:00 - 12:00

Please note that:

  • Attendees must register and book via the WebApp. Cash is not currently accepted
  • There will be a ‘no hand-shake policy’ in place
Register on the Business Buzz app.

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