Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're focusing on our upcoming Natural Netwalk in Faringdon, happening on
Tuesday 21 June. If you're looking for a great way to be active and escape from sitting in front of your computer, then check out how to register below.

We're also highlighting
South and Vale's Joint Local Plan consultation and the need for local businesses to have their say. We're also talking about our free ShopAppy online marketplace for South and Vale based businesses and the upcoming Women's Tour, happening this Saturday (11 June). Details on how you can get involved can be found below. 

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
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have come together to work on a new Joint Local Plan. The Joint Local Plan will guide the kinds of new housing and jobs needed and where they should go, informing planning application decisions for the districts.

While development has been allocated up until 2031 for the Vale and 2035 for South Oxfordshire in our current Local Plans, councils must cover a 15-year period, and so this new plan will cover the extra years to 2041.

We want to hear your thoughts on the main issues facing our districts and how we could use the Joint Local Plan to address them.

You can comment on the consultation until 11.59pm on Thursday 23 June 2022. 

Further information on how to contribute can be found below:
Why should I leave my feedback?

We want to hear your thoughts on the main issues facing our districts and how we could use the Joint Local Plan to address them.  As the plan has an impact on jobs, housing and planning decisions, we want to ensure as many businesses as possible take part in the consultation so that a broad range of local business views can be represented as the plan is developed.

What happens next?

Your comments will help shape the draft of the Joint Local Plan for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. In early 2023, the Councils’ expect to publish a Joint Local Plan ‘Preferred Options’ document that will set out proposed policies and sites for development. You will then have the opportunity to give your views on these ‘Preferred Options’.

The Women’s Tour cycle race takes place this Saturday (11 June) when around 100 elite cyclists will race through our towns and villages. 

To find out when and where you can see the race, check out the Women’s Tour route and the estimated route timetable.    

Please note that rolling road closures will be in place from around 15 minutes before the race is due to arrive in each location and there will no parking on the route on race day until the riders have passed safely through.  

For more information about the event, please see southoxon.gov.uk/womenstour or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/womenstour.  
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.
#SwitchUpYourLunch on Monday 13 June 2022

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. 

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.

Get involved on the Good Food Oxford website.
“Collaboration : A Journey to Acquisition”

Join us for our next Networking in... South & Vale event as we welcome Lucy Spencer, Founder and Director of Education Boutique and shortlisted Tutor for Entrepreneur of the Year 2022. Founded in 2016, the Education Boutique team believe that the role of a teacher and a tutor are no longer thought of as separate.

Join us in hearing about the lessons that Lucy has learned on her acquisition journey.

Wednesday 15 June   |   09:30 - 11:00

The first 40 businesses to register for this event can claim a half-price ticket for just £5, using the code 'SVBS'.

Register for the event here on the official
Networking in... event page.
Natural Netwalking in Faringdon

We're inviting local businesses to join us for the second in a series of Netwalks, showcasing the market town of Faringdon and its picturesque surroundings.

Tuesday 21 June    |    10:00 - 12:00

Working in partnership with our Active Communities team and Natural Netwalking, the walks are a healthy and safe alternative to traditional business networking events and a great way to be active and escape from virtual meetings.

After the walk, refreshments will be available at The Old Crown Coaching Inn, located in the marketplace.

Register for your place via Eventbrite.

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