Newsletter 38

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city of wolverhampton council

Relight Business Support

    Newsletter issue:  38       

Merry Christmas


Support for businesses

We’re determined to keep Wolverhampton’s business community vibrant and resilient by working with our local businesses and their employees, those who are self-employed, and those looking to start a business. If you have any business related query please complete the contact form at the foot of the Wolverhampton Employer Support site and we will respond within 2 working days. Alternatively, you can call one of our business support officers during normal office hours (weekdays 9pm-5pm) on 01902 555572.

Depending on the nature of your enquiry we will provide an answer or signpost you to the relevant organisation/s to help you. This might be through a relevant workshop, a specialist website, or more in-depth face to face support.

(Please note the Wolverhampton Employer Support Service will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 22 December 2023 and reopening at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2024).


Please join us for one or both of 2 great free breakfast workshops funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The Art of Persuasion   

Low Carbon

How to thrive amidst rising energy costs and decarbonisation challenges.

Bescot Stadium, Walsall Football Club   6th February 2024

Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme are hosting a free Workshop event which will have expert speakers on hand to share their knowledge about energy efficiency and decarbonisation, as well as discussing the opportunities the transition to net zero can present for businesses. Aston University will also be present to share information about the Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme and the Free Energy Assessments now available to SMEs.

To book a place please click here



16th January 2024

This webinar explores the science of persuasion and can help you understand how to use it effectively in your sales conversations. Learn why people buy and how to connect with their needs; understand how to build trust with potential customers; understand how storytelling can boost your sales; and get tips on creating a story that grabs your customer's attention.

Whether you're a seasoned salesperson or just starting out, this webinar will give you the tools to get that "yes" from potential customers. Learn from the experts and level up your sales skills! 

For further details and to book a place please click here


Creative UK


Create Central, in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Creative UK, has announced its successful bid to deliver the next phase of the Create Growth Programme (CGP) which will help creative businesses to scale, with access to major new investment opportunities.

The West Midlands Create Growth Programme will address the needs of high-growth potential creative businesses and nurture the development of investor networks. The CGP is founded on three synergistic pillars: business support tailored to the creative industries, financial empowerment, and the cultivation of investor capacity. A key aim of the Programme is to support creative businesses to explore and secure commercial investment opportunities. To this end there will be a programme of activity that will enable businesses to be ready for investment and facilitate access to additional funding from Innovate UK and commercial investors in 2024 and beyond.  

For more information and to express your interest in applying, please visit we are creative

or email

Applications for businesses based in the West Midlands for Create Growth Programme will open in January 2024. 

And don’t forget that the black country has its own Creative Chain of digital agencies – so if you are a creative or digital agency and you are based in the Black Country, please sign up to our newsletter and social channels to get the latest news on when and where the local events are  Register Your Creative & Digital Agencies On The Creative Chain



If you’re new to VAT or simply want to refresh your knowledge, HMRC’s online support can provide the support you need. Register today and join our live webinars – during which, you can ask any questions you may have by using the on-screen text box text.

VAT – the basics and the VAT return

During this live webinar, you will hear about 

What VAT is and charging VAT 

Standard VAT Accounting

Paying your VAT bill

What to do if you make a mistake 

To register click here Register here

For more help, browse the Registering for and paying VAT playlist to view short videos – available on HMRC’s YouTube channel.