Newsletter 47

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

city of wolverhampton council

Relight Business Support

    Newsletter issue:  47    

Mentoring Support


A business mentor can help your business grow and become more sustainable. Mentored businesses and organisations often identify many benefits, including increases in turnover, productivity and employee numbers as a result of working with a mentor.

Be The Business is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, with a single goal: to help business owners and leaders improve the performance of their business. Benefit from the expertise and experience of a senior leader through this mentoring programme. For further details click here

Are you a growing business in search of support and guidance from an experienced business professional? If so, use the Mentors Me search engine to access a list of quality-assured mentoring organisations in your area that specialise in helping businesses at your stage of development. For further details click here

Scaling businesses can benefit from  the more bespoke and tailored approach that is available through Barclays Eagle Labs. They offer specialists in growth through their mentoring partners. Businesses looking to raise further capital can be connected to investors through their Demo Directory. For further details click here


Business Growth West Midlands - Webinars


Social Media Essentials is a series of webinars delivered through Business Growth West Midlands focused on each of the major social media platforms, going through the essential information that you need to know. 


Tuesday 7th May    10am – 11.30am   Linkedin Webinar  

The next one of these insightful webinars is focusing on Linkedin. Claiming itself as ‘the professional network’ it’s popular with businesses to connect with others and promote their organisations. What is the best strategy to use? In this session, you will cover the basic principles to get you up and running and look at the best ways to build loyalty.

For more details and to book a place please click here


Tuesday 21st May     10am – 11.30am   TikTok Webinar

Later in the month the focus is on TikTok, which is an increasingly popular platform with a broad user base. Is it all dancing and lip-syncing or is there a real business case to use it? In this session, you will explore the many different components that TikTok offers and how to use the platform to its full potential for your business. For more details and to book a place please click here 


Manufacturing Support Services


The Manufacturing Support Services team, based out of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), was created to support the UK’s SME manufacturers to address and overcome their engineering challenges to accelerate performance and improve efficiencies.

To help businesses in the early stages of their transformation, Manufacturing Support Services offers free initial consultations and the first step is a line walk of your facility with no obligation to commit to any work.

A senior member of the team will visit your facility and conduct a tour of your business operations to obtain an initial understanding of the challenges faced, before providing guidance on the best route forward.

The MTC brings skills and experience from across a range of technologies and, provided they can agree on a business case, the priorities and an appropriate work programme, they will share with you a proposal outlining how the MTC could support the implementation process. For qualifying SMEs, they will also discuss with you the Innovate UK REACH funding that is available to support the cost of your project. For further information please click here


Energy Assessments and Net Zero Grants

pro enviro

The UKSPF Net Zero Grant Programme (NZGP) seeks to support businesses in the city to reduce their environmental impact and to reduce the rising energy costs these companies are experiencing. Grants of typically up to £15,000, at a maximum 50% intervention rate, can be applied for once a free Energy Assessment has been completed by regional consultants Pro Enviro. We will open the application window for Expressions of Interest for these grants early in June – however, to apply you must have your free Energy Assessment completed as it will identify the actions and investment that can be made to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. To register for an Energy Assessment please click here

To learn about the Net Zero Grant Programme please click here


Social Enterprises and public sector contracts

soc econ psc

Social Enterprises in the city are invited to apply to Contract and Investment Readiness, two free programmes designed to support social economy businesses in the West Midlands to secure investment and win public-sector contracts. Join one or both programmes to:

  • Boost your business growth
  • Connect with providers to gain new opportunities
  • Learn how to raise investment for your business
  • Discover how to write successful bids and deliver on public-sector contracts  

Apply today as spaces are filling up! The deadline for applications is noon on 3 May 2024


Midland Business Network Expo

The Midlands Business Network is holding its first-ever exhibition in Wolverhampton, set to take place on Thursday 2nd May 2024 from 10am to 3pm at the Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park. Building on seven years of successful networking events across the Midlands, including Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester, and Birmingham, the network is expanding its reach to engage with the vibrant business community in the city.

The exhibition will feature a diverse range of industries, including technology, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, and more, offering attendees the opportunity to explore new products, services, and business solutions. Additionally, the event will include networking sessions, seminars, and workshops designed to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among participants.

For further details and to book a place please click here


Business Helpline, Business Support and Business Diagnostics


If you have any queries relating to business support, growing your business, or some of the challenges you are facing then please call the council's Business Support helpline on 01902 555572 or complete the online enquiry form here

To support your business enquiry and growth our team are more than happy to carry out a free business diagnostic - to ensure we can connect you quickly to right support. 


HMRC Business customer survey


The annual Tell ABAB Survey 2024 is now available to complete. Commissioned by an independent body, the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board (ABAB), the survey provides crucial insight on the big issues faced by small businesses (including those who identify as tax agents) in the tax system. ABAB challenges HMRC on its performance, providing robust scrutiny against key initiatives, such as Making Tax Digital and Improving Customer Experience. The survey is an opportunity for small and micro businesses, and sole traders to provide insight on the tax system. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete, and it will be open until 30‌‌‌th April‌‌‌ ‌‌2024. Results from the survey will be published on GOV.‌‌‌‌UK in September 2024 in the Tell ABAB Report. If you have any questions about the 2024 survey, please email