Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're putting a call out for a local organisation to host our Autumn Natural Netwalk. If you'd like to gain exposure for your business and shout about the amazing work you do, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We're also highlighting the opportunity to have your say on the Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF) project, plus we're focusing on our ShopAppy platform for local businesses, Energy Saving Funding for businesses, the Enterprise Nation Sustainable Small Business Awards and our in-person Thame Business Buzz event.

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
Following the success of our Natural Netwalks from The Earth Trust and The Old Crown Coaching Inn pub in Faringdon, we're looking for somewhere to host our Autumn Natural Netwalk.

Previously, we have embarked on a 2-3 mile walk before heading back to the host's organisation for teas/coffees and a tour of the facilities.
If you're a local visitor economy or hospitality organisation (such as a pub or café) based in either Abingdon, Thame, Wallingford or Wantage, and you're situated close by to great walking routes, we'd love to hear from you.

This will be a great opportunity to open your doors to over 20 like-minded business people and shout about the work you do.

If this is of interest, please get in touch with us by Friday 8 July.
Vale of White Horse District Council is currently working on a regeneration review for central Abingdon, called the Central Abingdon Regeneration Framework (CARF). The project will include a review of the town centre to identify realistic options for improving buildings, spaces and movement to help make central Abingdon a thriving place in the future. 
The Council would like to hear from you to inform the work on the CARF project. A four-week online consultation event is now live, and will close for responses at 11.59pm on
Friday 15 July 2022.
Current proposals can be viewed on Vale of White Horse District Council's consultation webpage. In-person materials will also be displayed throughout the consultation period in the windows of Unit 24, Bury Street (the former H Samuel shop) in Abingdon.
How to take part

The quickest and easiest way to comment is via the online survey.

Comments can also be made by:

Emailing: carf@whitehorsedc.gov.uk

Writing to us: CARF project team, Vale of White Horse District Councils and post to ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed)

If you would like to receive updates on the CARF project, please complete this opt-in form.
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.
Last chance to receive Energy Saving Funding for Businesses

The Energy Solutions Oxfordshire partnership between Low Carbon Hub and Oxford Brookes Environmental Information Exchange is on a mission to help more businesses save energy and cut carbon. With support from The UK Community Renewal Fund, they only have 5 remaining spaces for businesses to gain several days of funded support from an expert team of energy assessors.

If you have commercial buildings in Oxfordshire and are seeking to act on their energy use or install renewables and low carbon technology, register an interest here.

Support can be offered as an energy assessment, help with finding funding, or overseeing the installation of energy saving measures and renewables. 

Enter the Sustainable Small Business Awards

Enterprise Nation, in partnership with Aviva and TSB, is launching the Sustainable Small Business Awards.

The awards form part of Plan it with Purpose, a programme that helps owners of small and medium-sized businesses develop a better understanding of environmental and social issues in the UK. The team are on the hunt to find those small businesses that are making a difference.

The Awards are a great opportunity for your business to receive recognition for making a conscious effort to be sustainable and a way for you to stand out from your competitors.

Enterprise Nation will spotlight shortlisted entries through its website, social media and case studies. Winners will receive £5,000 worth of sustainability consultancy advice from Good Business and their own Sustainable Small Business Award.

More details and how to apply can be found 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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