Business Support, Well-being & Grants: 21st August
We hope you are well and navigating the ups and downs over the last week OK. We understand there are mixed feelings and that our members are looking for different forms of support. For those who receive our emails, you will have seen that various grants have been offered by both the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and Warwickshire County Council. In addition to this, we have emailed you about other support and training from these organisations as well as the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. Below is a brief summary of what is available and the points of contact. Please note this is ever-evolving so do not hesitate to get in touch for recent updates.
There have been two business grants on offer and the deadline for these has now passed. However, businesses may not have heard back yet or could be looking for further information. The relevant contacts are as follows:
- Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub: ERDF Specialist Growth Fund SME Grant – Now closed. Successful businesses have been advised. Please click here for more information.
- Warwickshire County Council: Retail and Leisure Grants – Now closed. Applications still pending. Please click here for more information.
Business Support & Training
1. Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce: FREE Digital Training
The Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Stories Marketing and the Towns Network, is offering a free digital training programme open to all Warwickshire retailers to help you reach and connect with current and new customers through online and social media tools. Covid-19 has shown that now customers are online more than ever before and it’s imperative for you to learn how to embrace digital to grow your business. Training open to all bricks and mortar retailers and hospitality businesses in Warwickshire.
The Chamber of Commerce also has a lot of other useful business support available – please click here for details.
2. Warwickshire County Council – Survive, Sustain, Grow:
The ‘Survive, Sustain and Grow’ programme will provide an enhanced business consultancy service to assist businesses with their post Covid-19 recovery plans. The program is open to all micro and small enterprises based in Warwickshire and will offer a tailored Covid-19 recovery support package through its network of specialist consultants. They will assist in developing and delivering a robust business framework that will identify key stages, challenges, opportunities and potential access to grant funding the businesses should consider as they progress towards succeeding post Covid-19. All support will be provided free of charge and will look to engage with companies in all business sectors but with a focus on Retail, Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure.
3. Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub:
The team at the Growth Hub offer various forms of support ranging from employment advice on loans. Please click here for more information.
Business Owner and Staff Health & Well-being
Warwickshire County Council has extended its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support owners and staff in town centre micro and small businesses with their health and wellbeing.
The programme will be available from Tuesday, September 1 to businesses with 10 or fewer employees operating in the towns of Warwickshire who may need help.
This includes access to information, support and guidance (including coaching and counselling where appropriate) on a wide range of topics including work, career, relationships, family, money management, debt and health and wellbeing.
And finally …
In addition to this please don’t forget we are here to help and would be very grateful to get your feedback which will help shape future support on offer. You can also join our Leamington Town Centre Facebook Group if you haven’t already. We also post updates on the BID Leamington Facebook page – and the Royal Leamington Spa Town Centre Facebook page is where we showcase what you are now doing.
Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you out and about,
Steph & Alison