Business Bolton Newsletter – March 2017 / Insider Breakfast: Doing Business in Bolton

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Insider: Doing Business in Bolton breakfast

Doing business in Bolton event registration


You are invited to hear from key businesses about how Bolton is attracting investment and sustaining growth at the Insider Doing Business in Bolton breakfast.

You will also have the opportunity to listen to some of the main players, that hold a principle role in Bolton's investment and development plans, about the strengths and opportunities in the town.

Speakers include:-

  • Stephen Young, Director of Place, Bolton Council
  • Vaqas Farooq, Managing Partner, Shoosmiths
  • Tim Vaughan, Chief Executive, Moorgarth Group
  • Richard Knight, Planning Director, Peel Holdings
  • Mo Hanslod, Chief Executive, Britek Technologies
  • Nicola Hodkinson, Director of Business Services, Seddon Construction
  • Christian Spence, Head of Research and Policy, GM Chamber of Commerce

Over £1bn of investment projects have already been delivered and the trend is set to continue.

Strong partnerships and a determination to deliver are key to achieving further success. Join the event to question the panel on Bolton's business opportunities.

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Digital and Creative work placements - can you help?

Digital and Creative


Digital and Creative is a priority sector for the Team Bolton Partnership which means making sure we are developing the skills and talents of our residents to match employers' needs in the sector.

We are keen to hear from Digital and Creative businesses who want to inspire the next generation of young people by offering student placements and internships, developing apprenticeships or by attending careers events for students to showcase the opportunities available, so that Bolton benefits from its home-grown talent. If you are interested in supporting job seekers, please consider offering a Work Placement to help them get back into work.

If you are a Digital and Creative business and would like to learn more about how your business can support young people and jobseekers by offering a work placement, as well as the support available from the Team Bolton Partnership to help you do this, please visit the link below.

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Apprenticeships are changing

Apprenticeships are changing


This week (6th to 10th March) is the 10th National Apprenticeship Week and there will be local, regional and national events and communications to raise awareness of the impact apprenticeship and traineeships have on residents, business and the economy.

It's an interesting time for apprenticeships and there are plenty of changes happening. From April, Government will fund apprenticeships differently. Employers with an annual pay bill of over £3million will be required to pay a contribution (Levy) towards apprenticeship training which will be offset by a £15,000 allowance.

The Digital Apprenticeship Service is now live for employers and will support businesses to select a Framework or Standard, choose a training provider and advertise and recruit apprenticeship vacancies.

The changes also mean that there will be new incentives for small businesses to take on an apprentice. The Team Bolton Partnership held a well attended event in January to support businesses affected by the Levy and we are continuing to support all employers by providing impartial advice and guidance.

Team Bolton would like to work with you to shape apprenticeship provision locally. If you would like further information on this, or have any training and recruitment queries please contact

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Develop the skills to grow your business

Skills Support Workforce


Fill your business's skills gaps with fully funded training. Skills Support for the Workforce in Greater Manchester is supporting eligible businesses to develop and implement bespoke, funded training plans, helping to meet growth ambitions by satisfying immediate and long term workforce skills needs.

Tailored training programmes can be provided if you are a business based in the Greater Manchester area and operating in one of the following sectors.

  • Business, Financial and Professional Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Digital and Creative
  • Construction
  • Logistics
  • Health & Social Care and Health Innovation
  • Retail
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Low Carbon and Environmental Goods & Services

To find out more about the eligibility criteria and support available, visit: or contact (0845) 644 3753 for further information.

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Business events: March - May 2017

There’s a host of business events happening which you can attend to help increase your knowledge and skills, whether you’re looking to start a business or grow your business.





‘Spark2Scale’ launch event
Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road

Time: 08:00 - 10:30






An Evening with Andy Burnham
University of Bolton, Deane Road

Time: 18:00 - 20:00






EKW Open Day & Networking
EKW Group, 1 Pavilon Square

Time: 10:00 - 15:00






Bolton Professionals Networking Lunch
Harvey's Café Bar

Time: 12:00 - 14:00






Internationalise your Business - Bolton
University of Bolton, Employee Lounge

Time: 07:30 - 09:30






The Business Network Bolton & Bury Event With Free Morning Seminar
The Last Drop Village, Bromley Cross Road

Time: 11:00 - 14:00






Insider Breakfast: Doing Business in Bolton
The Light Cinema, Market Place Shopping Centre

Time: 07:30 - 09:15






The Big Bolton Expo
The Bridge Conference and Exhibition Centre

Time: 16:30 - 20:00






Collaborate: Out of Your Comfort Zone
Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Manchester Road

Time: 18:30 - 21:00






E3 Business Expo 2017
Macron Stadium, Burnden Way

Time: 10:30 - 16:30






The Women in Business Network
The Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South

Time: 12:00 - 14:00






Dynamic Networking - Bolton
Bolton Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Bromley Cross Rd

Time: 17:30 - 19:30






Bolton Lads and Girls Club Breakfast Event
Bolton Lads and Girls Club

Time: 07:00 - 09:30






GM Chamber of Commerce Action for Business - Bolton
The Last Drop Hotel, Bromley Cross Road

Time: 07:30 - 09:30




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