Business News and Events - December 2019

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FSB Awards

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards aim to recognise the best small businesses. We are therefore encouraging the self-employed and small businesses across the West Midlands to enter the awards before the closing date of 17 January 2020.

The West Midlands winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 6 March at the Forest of Arden hotel in Meriden. The awards, run by the FSB, will recognise and celebrate the best of the West Midlands and UK small businesses and the vast contribution they make to both regional and national economies and local communities. The West Midlands award winners will then go forward to the UK final of the FSB awards held in London in May 2020.

The awards are free to enter and are open to all small businesses – FSB members and non-members.

The 12 Award categories are:

  • International Business of the Year
  • Environmental Business Award
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Workplace Wellbeing award
  • Self-employed / sole trader of the year
  • Digital / E-Commerce Business of the Year
  • Community Business of the Year

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Funded training for eligible SMEs

Coventry and Warwickshire Skills 4 Growth project extended to June 2020!

Small to Medium Sized Enterprises in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering or Service Sector Industries (including Health and Social Care) can receive 50% funding for skills training that will close skills gaps in your business and lead to accredited qualifications.

Businesses can now browse scheduled training dates for January – June 2020. For any training needs not covered in this ‘Open Programme’ offer, please contact We can also provide onsite delivery to meet specific employer needs.

Coventry & Warwickshire Skills 4 Growth is part funded by the European Social Fund and receives further funding support from Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council. Companies must be based in Coventry or Warwickshire.


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