Business Bolton Newsletter – November 2015

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Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant - don't miss out!

Apprenticeship

  

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE) is a grant of £1,500 for companies who haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months and replaces the national AGE grant for GM Employers. To qualify, companies must have under 250 employees and appoint an apprentice aged between 16 and 24 in a GM Workplace, for a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes them to complete an apprenticeship.

Employers can also apply for additional incentives worth £1,000 if their apprentice is progressing from a completed Traineeship to an Apprenticeship within a 4 week period or is an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship. If criteria for all elements are met, you may be eligible for a total grant of up to £3,500.

Funds are available on a first come first served basis until December 2015, subject to availability.

What do I do next?

Employers linked to a training provider should consult them for further advice. Employers not linked to a training provider should contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or the Bolton & Bury Work Based Learning Partnership on (07827) 774359 or by emailing bolton.partnership@trainingfortoday.co.uk.

 

Bolton’s Winter Festival – get involved with your team


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Bolton Winter Festival is a fantastic event for 2015, running for 5 weeks in Bolton town centre and it’s set to go down a storm!  If you’re looking to entertain clients or want to say a thank you to staff, there’s plenty on offer.

The all new tipi tents will offer a great range of food and drink over the festival period, including Nordic Supper Nights with Masterchef champion, Simon Wood.  Join Simon for a 3 course meal fit for a king, and at only £30 per person it’s a special one-off opportunity!

Fancy something a bit different?  Why not try out your skating skills on our impressive super-sized ice rink this year  - your staff will love it!  Join a skate session or book a private function, it’s sure to get everybody talking!

Add Santa’s grotto, cookery demonstrations from Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and an artisan market and you won’t want to go anywhere else!

Don’t forget there’s also free parking after 3pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday at Deane Road, Topp Way and Octagon NCP Multi-storey car parks.

Arrow  Further information and book tickets
 

Development Update – Market Place Shopping Centre


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Anyone intrigued by the crane hovering above Bolton’s skyline will be excited to learn about the £20 million remodelling of Market Place Shopping Centre. The renovations are pivotal to the improvement of Bolton as a whole, embracing its history while delivering the contemporary, unique and social vibe desired by today’s shoppers.

Market Place is already proving popular with retailers and leisure operators alike and the scheme has recently let units to Pandora, New Look, JUST Boutique, Nandos, GBK, Prezzo, a Micro-Brewery as well as a new store for JD Sports. Market Place has a lot in store for early 2016, including the official launch of the state-of-the-art 9 screen Light Cinema

Arrow  Further information
 

Free Event - Build Your Business with Creative Industry Finance


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Creative Industry Finance have partnered with Business Bolton and The Business Growth Hub to help you grow your creative business and guide you through the maze of funding and finance.

The course takes place between 4pm and 7pm on Monday 30th November at the University of Bolton and is open to creative businesses looking to grow and obtain the finance to make it happen.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the steps needed for business growth, gain insight into what funding and finance options are available, meet the Creative Industry Finance team, and hear from a business who has worked with an advisor and received loan finance.

Delegates can also sign up for a free one to one session to discuss their funding and finance needs on the night.

Refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so please book early.

Arrow  Book your free place now
 

Help influence skills across Greater Manchester


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The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is looking for local businesses to engage with them to help expand their existing and successful Employer Skills Groups.

Your roles as local businesses will be to help influence, design and commission vocational training to develop the skills of the regions workforce. This work is in response to the new powers given to Greater Manchester as part of the government’s devolution arrangements.

As part of this work the GMCC is currently developing membership of their Employer Skills Groups to look at the skills needs of each business sector. Membership of these groups is free, in return for your participation and views on the skills, challenges and opportunities faced by your workforce.

To express your interest please click here which will help the GMCC understand your current workforce development needs.

 Arrow Express your interest 
 
 

Business events - November 2015

There’s a host of business 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.
 

 

 

 Tue
10
Nov

 

Building Your Creative Business
Bolton Octagon Theatre Howell Croft South

Time: 18:00 - 20:30

 

 

 

 Thu
12
Nov

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library 2nd Floor Business & I.P Centre, Town Hall

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

 Tue
17
Nov

 

Patent and IP clinic
Manchester Central Library St. Peters Square  

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

 

 

 

 Tue
17
Nov

 

Building Your Creative Business
Bolton Octagon Theatre Howell Croft South

Time: 18:00 - 20:30

 

 

 

 Thu
19
Nov

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library 2nd Floor Business & I.P Centre, Town Hall

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

Wed
25
Nov

 

Employment Law
Bolton Golf Club Chorley New Road

Time: 08:00 - 09:30

 

 

 

Wed
25
Nov

 

Bolton Professionals Networking Lunch
Harvey's Cafe Bar Mawdsley Street  

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

Thu
26
Nov

 

#DigitalThursdays - Drop-in session
Manchester Central Library 2nd Floor Business & I.P Centre, Town Hall

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

 

Mon
30
Nov

 

Building Your Creative Business Event
The Employee Lounge University of Bolton

Time: 16:00 - 19:00

 

 

 

 
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