Weekly Business Update - 29th July

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29th July 2021

Business News, Support Training and Skills

Skills Access Hub

Skills Access Hub

Businesses can now access free impartial advice from experienced Skills Advisors and develop action plans to close skills gaps within the workforce.

The plan could focus on upskilling the existing team, or look at ways to bring new skills and capacity into the business via apprenticeships, Kickstart, internships and/or graduate placements.

The dedicated team of Skills Advisers work with businesses on a one-to-one basis, to ensure support it tailored and responsive to business needs.

For more info and to access, click 'Skills Hub' below.

Skills Hub

The Skills Access Hub is a 3-year project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, that offers skills advice and brokerage support to small and medium sized businesses based across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).

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Winning business and building resilience with ISO 

Business of all shapes and sizes are frequently being asked to demonstrate their compliance with standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 when either tendering for new business opportunities or looking to grow the work they do with existing customers.

But what are these standards, why are they being asked for and what benefits do they bring to your business?

In this session, BSI, the UK’s leading ISO certification body with over 115 years of experience of working with Standards, will run through some of the key standards you are likely to be asked for, the concepts behind them and the steps required for achieving the necessary certification to demonstrate your excellence when bidding for work.

ISO Standards are designed to be suitable for organisations of all sizes across all industries. Whether you are looking to win construction work from HS2, or provide digital services to the NHS, they are bound to be relevant.

For all the detail and to reserve your place please click 'More Info' below.

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Working Safely 2

Reaching STEP 4 in Broxtowe

Most of the legal restrictions around how businesses can operate and the safety measures for those who work in and visit those venues, have now changed.

How can businesses continue to operate safely during the pandemic?

The Council are urging businesses, venues and other settings to continue reviewing the Government's guidance packs on 'Working Safely'.

Employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19 and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk/s a business may identify. 

Businesses should also closely monitor official communications from the Council and relevant industry bodies.

The latest guidance on 'Working Safely' is available via our 'Open For Business' webpage.

Open For Business

Grant to help businesses tackle domestic abuse

Employers across Beeston and Chilwell can access help to support workers affected by domestic abuse thanks to a grant awarded to Broxtowe Women's Project (BWP) from The Rotary Club of Beeston.

With the grant of £1,000, BWP, which works across the Borough and beyond to support people affected by domestic abuse, will help local businesses focus on what they can do to address the problem.

How can my business support?

If you’d like your businesses to be part of the project contact: chris@broxtowewp.org at BWP, or secretary@beestonrotary.org

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Clean and Green

Call-out for litter-pick volunteers

Discarded litter across the Borough continues to be a challenge for us all to deal with and many of us are disappointed to see branded (and non-branded) takeaway items discarded without thought on streets in our towns, parks and other public places.

As part of the Council’s ‘Clean and Green’ campaign, we actively encourage volunteers to come forward and litter-pick in their local communities and offer people the tools and kit to support this.

How businesses can help

In a bid to keep our town centres clean, we now are extending the scheme to local businesses. Could you or some of your workforce spare some time each week to tidy up outside your premises or surrounding streets?

You may be a business that has a food or drink offer and suffer from littering around your premises. Or perhaps you just want to give some time to smarten up the community you serve.

How the Council will help

The Council can supply rubbish bags and litter-picking equipment. All we ask is that you leave the collected rubbish next to a designated Council bin for us to collect.

We really hope you can support us with this and we’d be happy to publicise your efforts if you can supply some photos.

To register your interest, please email refuse@broxtowe.gov.uk

The search is on for Nottinghamshire’s Hidden Gems

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) feedback shows that post-lockdown some areas of England are heavily saturated with visitors/tourists, whilst other areas of the country – mainly cities including Nottingham – are seeing low visitor numbers. Simply put, some areas of the country are struggling to cope with high demand, whilst other areas are seeing low demand – making the latter particularly vulnerable.

The search is on!

 To tackle these variations, FSB’s England regions will run a #myhiddengems social media campaign. The aim is to encourage the general public to share their hospitality and tourism hidden gems on social media, whether retail, a walk, a museum, anything they love under the tourism / visitor economy umbrella.  

 To kickstart the campaign FSB are asking their networks to share their hidden gems, which will be promoted and celebrated on FSB’s social media channels from Monday 19 July to early September 2021.

How can my business get involved? 

If you consider yourself a hidden gem or know one, please contact Natalie Gasson-McKinley by email natalie.gasson@fsb.org.uk before Monday 26th July to stand the best chance of being featured in the campaign.

Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub - New Business Events Added

The D2N2 Growth Hub continue to offer valuable help and advice to businesses in Broxtowe. This includes various events delivered online due to the pandemic.

For a full programme of future events, click 'Business Events' below.

Business Events

Council services during the COVID-19 pandemic

We have a Support for Business page on our website which has lots of useful information about grants, schemes and links to guidance.

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We are also sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can also get updates on our social media accounts.