Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities:

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Economic Development Covid Business Newsletter, Courses and Opportunities:

Serco SSW Free "How to Successfully Bring Your Team Back from Furlough and Hospitality Recruitment & Skills" Event


Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) helps support small & medium-sized businesses to upskill their employees with training courses & qualifications to grow their business and boost the local economy.

Please find links below to Eventbrite advertising two business events we are hosting under the Skills Support for the Workforce Programme for the South West region.  The events are aimed at advising businesses on the support available to those staff members returning from Furlough and support for successful recruiting and retaining staff within the Hospitality sectors.

Both events will be held via Teams:

22nd September 2021 – Furlough Event:  Click here

7th October 2021 – Hospitality Event:  Click here

Eagle Labs Funding Readiness programme

Eagle Labs

Applications are open for the Eagle Labs Funding Readiness programme which begins on Monday 4 October Do you know an early stage start-up? Or an established scale-up? Either way, getting backing that fits their business can be tricky. With the Eagle Labs Funding Readiness programme, we’ll help the business become ‘funding ready’. The programme is in partnership with funding experts Capital Enterprise and is designed to help demystify the funding options available to founders and entrepreneurs and to provide the skills and knowledge needed to fund business growth. Who's it for? The programme is for entrepreneurs ranging from early-stage businesses to established scale-ups who are looking for investment, or funding to develop and grow their business. Any UK business can apply, they do not have to be a Barclays customer.

Why join?

  • The programme is free
  • Improve knowledge about innovation grant funding, crowd funding and equity investment
  • Learn about the available grant funds and what makes a compelling grant application
  • Understand how to plan a crowd funding campaign and how to successfully market a campaign
  • Opportunity to connect, network and learn from a cohort of other ambitious businesses
  • Attend virtual workshops
  • Have access to online educational content
  • Receive additional support from the Eagle Labs team after the programme ends, including mentoring
  • Receive 1-2-1 mentoring support from a grant and/or crowd funding expert
  • Tailored and 1-2-1 investor readiness support, to shape and deliver a compelling pitch to investors as well as deck and pitch feedback
  • January 2022 Demo Day*.

How it works The programme is delivered online via virtual workshops and educational content, as well virtual training and mentoring sessions.

Key dates • Apply by Monday 27 September • Programme runs from Monday 4 October to November • Demo Day: January 2022*


*Selected businesses will have to apply to be included in the Demo Day.

Register on the Eagle Labs website.

Minehead Plan for People & Place - Public Draft Report & Survey Feedback


Somerset West and Taunton Council is supporting the Minehead and Coast Development Trust, working with local partners in Minehead commissioned a new Minehead Plan. Over that past few months the consultants have undertaken consultation to refresh the 2016 Minehead Economic Plan with a focus on People and Place.

The final draft of the Plan titled ‘Minehead Plan – Inspiring People and Place’ can be found at:


A final Minehead Survey has now been set up and can be accessed using the following link:

You have until the 13th September to complete the survey.  If you have specific queries on the survey, please email Thank you for your contribution to the process.

Minehead Tourist Information

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022- Entries are now Open


Entries are now open for the Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022

We’re celebrating the achievements, successes, and resilience of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK – and you’re invited! Whether you’re shortlisted for one of 12 local awards, or make it all the way to the spectacular UK Final, it’s time to put your business in the spotlight and show us what you’re made of.

It’s free to enter, so what are you waiting for?

Can't wait until then?

Celebrations aren't just for special occasions! Give your business a boost and show everyone how you make a difference in your local community all year round with our new #SmallBusinessBigDifference campaign. Share your story on social media, or download a free poster or email signature to spread the word.

Business Climate Leaders Campaign Stakeholders Toolkit: 'Together for Our Planet'

Business Climate Leaders campaign stakeholder toolkit

What is the campaign?

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow this November, we want thousands of UK small businesses to join the fight against climate change. And we really need your help to spread the word!


The Together For Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign is a new drive to encourage small and micro businesses to go One Step Greener and commit to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and to net zero by 2050 or sooner.

Businesses who commit by signing up to the SME Climate Commitment will be recognised by the United Nation's Race to Zero campaign, and will be joining governments, big businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission.

The Business Climate Leaders campaign is the latest phase of the government’s UK-wide Together For Our Planet campaign, which is encouraging everyone, including small businesses, to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and help us get to net zero by 2050.

What are the benefits of making the commitment?

Taking action on climate change will help businesses grow, seize new opportunities, create new jobs, encourage investment and adapt against the challenges of a changing planet. Reducing emissions can also lower businesses’ running costs, save them money and attract new customers – ultimately helping them maintain a competitive advantage locally and globally.


Signing up to the official SME Climate Commitment via the UK Business Climate Hub means small businesses will get access to assets and promotional materials to publicise their pledge, so they can show prospective customers evidence of their climate credentials. They will also be included on the UK Business Climate Hub's list of businesses who have signed up and have the chance to feature in the campaign.

How can my organisation promote the campaign?

I'm a small business - what can I do?

Haven't made the commitment yet:

Go to the UK Business Climate Hub ▶

Made the commitment and looking to do your bit:

Take me to the small business assets ▶

eCargo Bike Grant Fund – Department for Transport

£400,000 has been made available by the Department for Transport in 2021/22 for the purchase of ecargo bikes, to support businesses switching to a sustainable transport solution.

  • Funding covers up to 40% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models.
  • Applications will be capped at five bikes per organisation. Larger applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications may include more than one organisation. In these joint ‘high-street’ applications, a lead applicant will be responsible for submitting the application.

The application deadline is 14 December 2021.

eCargo Bike Grant Fund information - Energy Saving Trust


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