Business Bolton Newsletter – February 2015

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Need support to grow your business?

Jonathan Crabtree our Bolton Business Growth advisor   

Is your business growing? Could you benefit with support and direction to overcome barriers? Jonathan Crabtree our Bolton Business Growth Advisor could help with support including a review and development of your business plan, through to information on funding opportunities.

If you could make use of this support, contact Jonathan on Tel: 07525603484

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Speedy broadband to enhance your business

Get Digital Faster   

Fibre broadband and digital services can improve your performance in a competitive market, opening up new opportunities for your business. Fibre broadband is being rolled out in areas around Bolton, funded by ERDF, BDUK, BT and Bolton Council, to raise coverage to more than 99% of premises in Bolton by 2017. To take advantage of superfast broadband speeds, you need to upgrade to a fibre service: it's not automatic.

To find out more about access in your area and service providers please see the link below: 

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Growth funding opportunities

Business Growth Hub   

The Co-Investment Fund and the Innovation Voucher Pilot Programme are two match funding opportunities currently available to SME growth businesses.

Co-Investment Fund
Up to £3,000 match-funding is available to businesses, with eligible projects including those which introduce a new product or service and create or safeguard jobs. To apply please contact or telephone 0161 359 3050

Innovation Vouchers
Available to support projects of up £10,000 (Ex VAT) through a competitive application process with the University of Manchester and the Business Growth Hub. Funding could be given to SME’s with growth potential for the development of a new product, service, process or other activity such as data testing or market research.

Applications will close on 27th February 2015 at 5pm

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Sponsorship and advertising opportunities

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities   

Bolton Council have a great range of sponsorship and advertising opportunities that provide access to:

• Approximately 266,000 Boltonians
• Over 12,000 businesses
• Nearly 10,000 dedicated council employees
• Over 26,000 students
• Approx 29,000 commuters
• Over 6 million annual visitors

Call Michelle Tiffin, Commercial Development Officer

Tel: 01204 334948 - Mob: 07789031793

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Business events - February 2015

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


Action For Business Bolton
Bolton College, Deane Road, Bolton

Time: 07:30 - 09:30






Opening doors to new markets - SALSA food accreditation and HACCP
Mercure Bolton, Georgian House, Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton

Time: 10:00 - 12:00






Developing a product - Turning a new product into a unique product
Mercure Bolton, Georgian House, Manchester Road, Blackrod, Bolton

Time: 12:30 - 13:30






Big Bolton Expo
The Bridge Conference Centre, Bradford Street, Bolton

Time: 16:00 - 20:30






An Evening with 'Francis Lee'
Deane Lecture Theatre, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton

Time: 18:00 - 20:30






The Business Network Bolton Seminar Event
Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton

Time: 10:00 - 11:00






Bolton Landlords' Forum  
Halliwell UCAN, Hatfield Road, Bolton

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

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