Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're focusing on our upcoming Natural Netwalk in Faringdon, happening next 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 Vale of White Horse District Council's Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF) public engagement events, our ShopAppy online marketplace for businesses and the Councils' Joint Local Plan. Plus, come and join us for some fun and informal networking at Thame Buzz!

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
Looking for a healthy alternative to traditional business networking events?

Following the success of our first Natural Netwalk at The Earth Trust, we're inviting local businesses to join us for the second in our series, this time focusing on the wonderful market town of Faringdon.
Date, time and location:
Tuesday 21 June
10:00 - 12:00
Meeting in Faringdon Market Place
Working in partnership with our Active Communities team and Natural Netwalking, the walks are a great way to be active and escape from virtual meetings.

The scenic route starts in Faringdon Market Place and heads out of the town towards the sports ground at Folly Park. Walking along footpaths across the fields, we will end up with a gentle incline up to Faringdon Folly. A pleasant stroll back across farmland takes us into the Market Place, where coffee and refreshments will be available at the The Old Crown Coaching Inn.

Tickets are free for all Natural Netwalking Members. Tickets for non-members of Natural Netwalking are £10.00.
Vale of White Horse District Council is carrying out a review of Abingdon town centre to identify realistic options for improving buildings, land and transport routes to help make it a thriving place in the future. The work will result in producing the Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF), a document which will identify what future improvements are needed in the town for when an opportunity presents itself and to direct future decisions to support the vision for central Abingdon.
As part of this process, the council would like to invite your thoughts about central Abingdon and our current proposals. You will be invited to share your views via an online engagement survey, which will be published later in June. More information about the survey will be available on the
council's website here.

Vale of White Horse District Council will also be hosting two in-person engagement events at Unit 24, Bury Street (the old H Samuel shop) in Abingdon on the following dates:

Friday 17 June - 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday 18 June - 09:30 - 13:00

Further details can be found on the council's dedicated webpage.
If you would like to opt-in for updates on the CARF project, please complete this opt-in survey. If you want further information on how the council will use and store your personal information, please see this privacy notice.
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.
Joint Local Plan - have your say

South and Vale 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.

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.

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

Find out more below:

South Oxfordshire businesses - click here

Vale of White Horse businesses - click here
Join us at Thame Business Buzz in-person

If you’re looking for vibrant, welcoming networking events in Oxfordshire, we have a fantastic local group in Thame to help you reach more business people in your area.

Thame Business Buzz takes place every first Thursday of each month, with the next event taking place in early July.

Thursday 7 July   |   10:00 - 12:00
Tickets are just £6, payable on the Business Buzz app in advance, or you can pay on the door.

Come and join us for some fun and informal networking!

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