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    Newsletter issue:  19        

Wolverhampton Business Week

business week

Wolverhampton Business Week runs from 26th to 30th September with a range of free business focused events. The latest details can be found HERE

Events include an introduction to selling online, advice for business start-ups, the Black Country Digital Festival, business growth and finance, the launch of the National Brownfield Institute, and the City of Wolverhampton Business Breakfast showcasing the potential impact of the upcoming investment plans for the city.

IGNITE your Business Growth potential


During Business Week join us at lunchtime on 28th September at the new IGNITE Hub at i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, WV11LH - a space specifically designed to invite collaboration and spark creativity amongst the Wolverhampton business community. Officers from the City Council and colleagues from NatWest will share some ideas and tips about planning for business growth including the importance of cashflow and forecasting. IGNITE provides entrepreneurs, business start-ups, established growing SMEs, students and graduates with FREE bookable and drop-in workspaces, resources and business support.

To book a place please CLICK HERE

Business Continuity – managing disruption, shocks and risk

business continuity

Join us at the Technology Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, for a breakfast briefing on ‘Managing Business Continuity’ on Thursday 8th September.

Whilst Covid was not foreseen, and required many to be reactive and to think on their feet; there are many other things that can be foreseen and ideally should be planned for.

IT system failures, fires and floods, major theft, supplier collapse, and numerous other issues can all be planned for. The Council's Business Resilience Team will help you plan and build resilience. The interactive workshop will begin with a networking breakfast at 8am, followed by a 45-minute presentation, finishing with a Q&A session.


This event is supported via funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

To book a place please CLICK HERE


The Midlands Internationalisation Fund

int trade

Funding is available to Wolverhampton SMEs looking to increase their sales in international markets. The Midlands Internationalisation Fund is available to small businesses with high international growth potential and those with a product or service suitable for export. The grant funding is provided by the Department for International Trade (DIT) using European Regional Development Funding (ERDF). The fund was launched back in December 2020 and has already helped some local businesses to achieve considerable success in international markets.

To check your business eligibility and to apply contact DIT’s regional network and agree an export action plan. Application advice can be provided if appropriate. Further details of the fund can be found on the DIT website.

Future Upskilling Programmes

skill survey

The University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University are working on developing an upskilling programme to enhance innovation capacity of employees and managers of local businesses and other organisations.


They would welcome your views to help develop this via completion of the following anonymous survey HERE

Care Leavers Week

care givers

Care Leavers Week will run from 24th - 28th October and we are reaching out to organisations and businesses to help to donate items to use for activities during the week and also as prizes to be won by our Care Leavers. We would be massively grateful of anything you could offer our Care Leavers; some of the things we are currently on the lookout for include:

  • Craft Materials – paints, brushes, pens, pencils, small canvases etc.
  • Small flat pack furniture – we are hoping to use these for a “Task Master” game for the young people to show off their independent living skills
  • Beauty/Well Being items - Face masks, nail varnish, skin care etc.
  • Food Donations – we are looking to host a “Food from Around the World” evening alongside a film so any donations/support in providing some interesting meals would be wonderful.
  • Prizes to giveaway - Amazon Vouchers, Vouchers to use in Local Businesses (cafes, restaurants etc) etc.

If you are able to support with any of the above or wish to host a Care Leaver Week event (this is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the successes of our Care Leavers in the City, and to inspire them to achieve their full potential) please get in touch with Hannah Finch (Corporate Parenting Officer) at before 16 September 2022.