Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're focusing on our free 'Make a difference' business workshop, organised in partnership with Jennings and Oxfordshire Greentech. The workshop will take place on Tuesday 10 May and details on how to register for you free place can be found below.

We're also highlighting Good Food Oxford's #SwitchUpYourLunch campaign, our ShopAppy marketplace for businesses, our next Networking in... session and OxLEP's Investor Pitching Fast Track sessions.

There are lots more opportunities, events and resources to get stuck into this week, but as always, if you'd like to suggest content for the SVBS newsletter, please get in touch with us.

- Team SVBS
‘Make a Difference’ business workshop: do good for people & planet

Becoming a more sustainable, ethical business can seem quite daunting. It's a global problem, so how can smaller companies really make a difference and help their community?

We've teamed up with Jennings and Oxfordshire Greentech to bring local businesses a free interactive networking workshop to learn and share ideas. There will be great guest speakers, all running local businesses that are making a positive impact on our environment and community.

Date and time:
Tuesday 10 May 2022
09:30 - 13:00

If you want to make changes but aren't sure how, this will help overcome some of the common barriers - time, cost, access to support and more. After all, it's proven that being more ethical and sustainable makes better business sense, too. Happy customers, happy employees and a healthier planet!

Get involved in the #SwitchUpYourLunch campaign

As part of Oxfordshire’s ongoing action on climate change, Oxfordshire Greentech and Good Food Oxford are inviting businesses to get involved in the fourth year of the Switch Up Your Lunch pledge.

People, companies, schools, universities and community groups across Oxfordshire are invited to pledge to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch on Monday 13 June 2022. If you’re in a large office or workplace, this would mean your kitchens cooking an entirely vegetarian/vegan menu or employees bringing in their own vegetarian/vegan lunch. If your organisation works remotely, your pledge could be to encourage all employees to make their own vegetarian/vegan meal at home.

By switching up your lunch you’ll be helping make a difference to the environmental impact of our food in Oxfordshire. If we all make a pledge to eat a veggie meal regularly, we can help to slow climate change and conserve precious natural resources, whilst improving your health. All you have to do is start with one veggie meal.

Find out how you can get involved on the Good Food Oxford website.

Register for our free online marketplace for South and Vale businesses

We’ve partnered with ShopAppy to pilot an online marketplace for independent High Street businesses located in South and Vale.

The platform will be free for the area’s businesses to access over the first 12 months of the scheme (excluding bank / card charges). Businesses will need to allocate just 20 minutes a week to managing their profile.

If you're interested in our new online marketplace, you can find further information and how to register on our website.
OxLEP's Investor Pitching Fast Track

Does equity investment feature in your growth strategy? Want to know how to develop and deliver an engaging pitch?

OxLEP is running a two-day Investor Pitching Fast Track workshop, designed to take you from zero to comprehensive pitch deck able to withstand investor scrutiny.

Thursday 5 - Friday 6 May 2022   |   09:30 - 16:30

This event is for SMEs, entrepreneurs and business owners who want to learn how to prepare and deliver an engaging and comprehensive investor pitch.

Register here via Eventbrite.

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