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Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

This week, we're focusing on Thame Town Council's Business Breakfast events, the Thames Valley Business Crime Partnership's new Disc software for retail businesses and the Beautiful South Tourism Awards.

We're also highlighting The Big Help Out 2024, webinars on T Level placements and Small Business Britain's Build a Business Plan on a Page workshop.

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.

- South and Vale's Economic Development team
Using their allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), Thame Town Council are running a series of in-person Business Breakfast events, each focusing on different topics around sustainability.

The first workshop will cover eliminating wasted energy, how to improve energy efficiency and which low carbon technologies are appropriate for small to medium-sized businesses.

Friday 17 May
9am – 10.30am
Thame Barns Centre

There will be light touch solutions for those with little time or money, and more impactful suggestions for businesses wanting a strategic planned approach to energy. Attendees will leave the session with practical steps that they can take to manage their energy better.  

At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity to apply for up to £1,000 of funding to part-cover the cost of a building energy assessment for your organisation, which will include a site visit and report.

The workshop will be delivered by two experts from Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx).

Register for your free place on Thame Town Council's website.
Free Disc software for all retailers

Following the recent launch of the Thames Valley Business Crime Partnership, retail businesses are invited to try out the new Disc software, an online information-sharing platform to help retailers report and access information about crime.

The software has the following features:

  • Access to galleries of known offenders
  • Submit incident reports about existing and new offenders
  • Submit crime reports directly to the police, rather than through 101
  • Send and receive instant messages and email alerts to other users about anything urgent/important
  • Read alerts, important news and information about upcoming events
  • Access reference or guidance documents
  • Receive an automated eNewsletter every week, summarising everything added to your Disc system in the previous seven days
Find out how your business can get involved on the Thames Valley Alert website.
Apply for the Beautiful South Tourism Awards

The Beautiful South Tourism Awards are now open for applications, and we're encouraging businesses in South and Vale to get involved.

The awards categories are as follows:
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drink
  • Wedding and business venues
  • Unsung heroes
  • Dog-friendly
  • New business
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Events
  • Experiences
  • Visitor information
  • Attractions
  • Future of Hospitality
  • International Tourism
If you would like the awards team to help with your entry, they will be running a series of online workshops.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 23 June. Apply via the Tourism South East website.
Lend a hand in The Big Help Out 2024

Businesses of all sizes are invited to take part in The Big Help Out 2024, the national volunteering event, taking place from 7-9 June 2024.

The objective of The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK, and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

There will be volunteering opportunities to suit helping hands of all shapes and sizes, and a chance for volunteer-involving organisations of every kind to lend a hand.

The Big Help Out is calling on businesses to support events in their local communities, to organise and register their own Big Help Out activities on the Platform, and to help spread the word among their customers, employees, partners and communities. To help spread the word, you can share on your social media channels or put posters up in your windows.

Get involved via The Big Help Out website.
Want to find out more about T Level placements?

Organisations interested in finding out more about providing a T Level industry placement can sign up to a series of webinars and in-person conferences over the coming months.

Run by the Department for Education and Strategic Development Network, the events will look at the practicalities involved with the placements and how they can support workforce development plans, as well as what government support is available to businesses.

Topics include:

  • Industry Placements - Developing effective partnerships with Schools and Colleges
  • Developing tomorrow's workforce - an introduction to T Level industry placements
  • Helping T Level students achieve their industry placement learning goals
Find out more and sign up to the webinars on the Government's website.
How to: Build a Business Plan on a Page
Join Small Business Britain, Lloyds Bank Academy, and industry expert and seasoned entrepreneur Nicole Higgins for a free, one-hour webinar on how you can create an actionable one-page roadmap for your business.

Tuesday 30 April  |  10am

This session will take you though 'The 3F’s':

  • Foundation: Gain a clear understanding of the essential components of a business plan
  • Focus: Learn how to identify and prioritise the most critical aspects of your business strategy
  • Feasibility: Leave with actionable insights and practical strategies for developing a compelling business plan
The event forms part of a programme of webinars, hosted by Small Business Britain and Lloyds Bank Academy. Topics include financial management, branding for business growth, productivity hacks and stress management.

Register for your free place via Zoom.

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