Business Bolton Newsletter – July 2015

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Bolton and Bury Business Awards 2015 - entries closing soon


Business Awards 2015   

This year’s Bolton and Bury Business Awards take place at the Macron Stadium on Thursday, 10 September 2015.

There are ten categories to enter including ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Business Person of the Year’ and ‘Young Person / Apprentice of the Year’.

To enter click on the link below to take you to the category you wish to enter, fill in the entry form and submit.

Closing date has been extended to Friday July 17.

For any further information please contact Lynn Ashwell, Deputy Editor by emailing: lynn.ashwell@nqnw.co.uk

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Greater Manchester Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme


Connection Vouchers   
Boost your bottom line with a £3,000 grant for superfast broadband for your business, through the broadband connection voucher scheme. A faster internet connection can make your organisation more efficient and boost your business.

How it works
The scheme allows eligible SMEs to apply for a grant of up to £3,000 towards the costs of connecting to business quality, super fast broadband or, if they already have a fast connection, to double their speeds. If there a number of tenants in a property, these grants can be added together to secure cheaper monthly rates for tenants and government funding to upgrade your building infrastructure.

Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Nearly 3,000 Greater Manchester businesses have already benefited – so make sure you don’t miss out.

To apply for a broadband grant you must be a small or medium sized business, or a registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader.

What do I do next?
Businesses can either get a quote from an approved supplier for their area, or from a national broadband provider. For a full list of suppliers for your postcode, to check your eligibility and for more information on the scheme and how to apply, visit the link below:

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Action for Business - Bolton


Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce   

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce events offer cutting edge topics, leading speakers and enjoyable networking. The next Bolton event takes place between 7.30am and 9.30am on Tuesday 4 August 2015, Bolton Whites Hotel.

Presenting at the meeting will be Lynn Ashwell, Deputy Editor of The Bolton News who will speak about the role of the media and how it can assist businesses.

As part of a new format there will also be a “Talkabout” section where attendees can take to the floor to speak about whatever they want – as long as it’s business related. It could be a good news story, a new product or service, a bit of advice you’re after or an issue affecting your business.

GMCC Members can attend the event free of charge (one place) with additional places available at £10 plus VAT. Non-members are also welcome to attend for £15.00 plus VAT.

For any further info contact: Diane Elebert-Morgan, Regional Manager on 07740 196476 or email diane.elebertmorgan@gmchamber.co.uk

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Travel Choices - unlock travel benefits for your business


Transport For Business   

Sustainable commuting and business travel make good sense. By planning travel, your business can benefit from financial savings, improved efficiency and resilience, and improved staff wellbeing and productivity.

Travel Choices is a free, expert service provided by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to assist businesses in making the most of sustainable travel options available.

The service offers all the tools and practical support you need to help plan, promote and encourage sustainable commuting and business travel at your workplace. As a member of the Business Travel Network, employers can access a toolkit which includes a range of free incentives to help encourage sustainable travel, including:

  • Tailored support from our expert travel advisors
  • Free membership to TfGMs car Sharing Scheme
  • Free Cycle Maintenance Workshops and cycle training
  • Access to loan free bikes, along with helmet, lock and lights
  • Personal Travel Planning for your staff
  • Access to sustainable travel grants of up to £10,000

For further information and to sign up to the network, please visit the link below:

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Bolton EmployAbility


BoltonEmployAbilty   

Bolton EmployAbility is an exciting opportunity for Bolton Businesses to work in partnership.

Through the scheme, Firwood High School are working with Bolton Council and local businesses to provide on-site placements for young people with special needs, introducing them to the world of work and hopefully leading to competitive employment.

Bolton EmployAbility is keen to engage with employers who have a positive approach to young people with additional needs and would be willing to give placement opportunities.

The scheme is being officially launched at Firwood High School at 2pm on Wednesday July 22nd 2015. The launch will include a short graduation ceremony for the current group of young people on the project and will be an opportunity to share their achievements with local employers.

If you are interested in attending the launch or would like further information on the scheme, please call Marie Cullen 01204 333044 ex.3605 or email mcullen@firwood.bolton.sch.uk

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Business events - July 2015

There’s a host of events happening this month which you can attend to help increase your knowledge and skills, whether you’re looking to start a business or maximise your business.
 
 Thu
09
Jul

 

Business Startup Workshops
Elderdale Enterprise Hub, Yewdale Gardens, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 5JF

Time: 09:30 - 12:30

 

 

 

 Thu
09
Jul

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 Thu
16
Jul

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 Thu
16
Jul

 

Bolton Business Networking Club
Farmers Arms, 357 Radcliffe Road, Darcy Lever, Bolton, BL3 1RU 

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

 

 

 

 Tue
21
Jul

 

Patent and IP clinic
Manchester Central Library, St. Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD 

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

 

 

 

 Wed
22
Jul

 

Bolton Professionals Networking Lunch
Harvey's Cafe Bar, Mawdsley Street , Bolton, BL1 1U

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 Thu
23
Jul

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PD 

Time: 120:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 Thu
30
Jul

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 
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