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Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're focusing on our new ShopAppy webinar, our Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) Expression of Interest form, Harwell Campus Green Week and The King's Awards for Enterprise.

We're also highlighting ShopAppy's product uploading sessions, promoting your events through Experience Oxfordshire and Tourism South East, a current opportunity to sell to the councils and an upcoming webinar from Oxfordshire Greentech.

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
We've partnered with ShopAppy to provide an online marketplace for independent High Street businesses located in South and Vale. Our partnership with ShopAppy aims to consolidate local, independent businesses on a single online marketplace, allowing residents access to a platform through which they can purchase goods and services from South and Vale based businesses.

To help businesses get the most out of the ShopAppy platform, we're running a webinar to outline how you can increase your income by selling your products and services.

Date and time:
Thursday 27 July
11am - 12pm

This event is aimed at home businesses, micro businesses, small businesses, entrepreneurs and anyone looking to boost their income to help take their business to the next level.

How can ShopAppy help your business?

  • Free presence until March 2024
  • Feature your business locally and nationally, with unlimited product listings
  • No commission on sales
  • Quick and easy product uploading functionality
  • Access to digital marketing materials to create and enhance your own campaigns, whilst benefiting from ShopAppy's local and national campaigns
  • 1-2-1 support on optimising your ShopAppy store, including online training sessions and access to industry experts
  • Exclusive discounts from ShopAppy partners, saving you money on services needed to run your businesses, such as Insurance, PR and advertising

We’ve recently secured funding through the government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF).

The fund supports the aims of the government’s Levelling Up White Paper and Future Farming Programme. It will fund capital projects for small businesses and community infrastructure that help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy and rural communities.

We’ll be making funding available to help achieve aims set out in our Corporate Plan, including action on the climate emergency, and improving community and economic wellbeing.

You can find more information about REPF via the links below:

We’ll be opening a grant scheme to allow organisations to apply for this funding later this year. In the meantime, we’re asking interested parties to complete an expression of interest form (EOI).

Completed EOIs will help us to understand local demand and will inform the criterion for our final grant scheme that we expect to be available in Autumn 2023.

Please note - by submitting your ideas, you are not committing to undertake the project, and we are not committed to funding it or to offer funding in this area.

Submit your expression of interest form here.

Harwell Campus Green Week: 3 - 6 July

Harwell Campus is joining the UK NetZero Week by organising its second Green Week from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 July.

Each day will provide opportunities to learn and engage in sustainability through virtual online sessions and in-person events. There will also be a focus on various themes, including:

  • Monday 3 July – Launch Day and 10 practical steps to Net Zero
  • Tuesday 4 July – The Future We Make
  • Wednesday 5th July – Nature and Biodiversity
  • Thursday 6 July – Active and Sustainable Travel
Check out the itinerary and book your space via Eventbrite.
Apply for The King's Awards for Enterprise

The King's Awards for Enterprise are now open for applications. The awards are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility
The awards are free to enter and you can apply for more one category. You have until 1pm on 12 September to submit your application. Shortlisted organisations will be notified in October.

Organisations that have previously received an award have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Apply for The King's Awards for Enterprise via the Goverment's website.
ShopAppy's product uploading sessions

The ShopAppy team are hosting free sessions to show businesses how they can upload their products and use the platform effectively.

Every Monday   |   2pm - 3pm

During the session, businesses will learn about ShopAppy, how the platform works, how to get started with the platform and how to upload your own products.

You will be able to ask questions and learn how to get the most out of the platform.

Businesses can register to attend this free session via ShopAppy's website.

To find out how you can get involved with our ShopAppy scheme, visit our website here.
Promote your events through Experience Oxfordshire and Tourism South East

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are members of the Destination Management Organisation, Experience Oxfordshire, and the official tourist website for South East England, Tourism South East.

Our local businesses are hosting an assortment of events this summer, and to help promote them, you can now submit your events to Experience Oxfordshire and Tourism South East to promote to their audience.

Selling to the councils - current opportunity

The councils buy goods and services from a variety of contractors, ranging from someone who is self-employed to national organisations. To provide cost-effective services for our residents, the councils often operate a joint procurement process, and therefore award joint contracts.

The councils currently have the following contract open for expressions of interest:
If you are interested in the above opportunity, you will need to register on the South East Business Portal.
Improving the energy efficiency of your business

It's 2023 and words like 'energy efficiency', 'net zero' and 'low carbon' are all over the place, but as a business, you might not have begun to consider how they affect you yet. In the midst of a cost of living crisis, what can busy business owners do to improve their business' energy efficiency when they're juggling so many other priorities at the same time?

Oxfordshire Greentech, Low Carbon Hub and Energy Solutions Oxfordshire invite you to a short lunchtime webinar to discuss why a holistic approach to energy efficiency is so important, and talk through how they can support your business to take meaningful and actionable steps to improve the energy efficiency of your premises.

Wednesday 5 July   |   12pm - 12:45pm

Attendees will come away from the session with the knowledge of how to save money and energy within their business.

Register for your free place via Eventbrite.

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