Newsletter 48

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    Newsletter issue:  48     

Supply Chain Transition Project


Do you want to access opportunities in the very light rail and electric light vehicles sector. If so, this project could be for you. With partners including the West Midlands Growth Company and Ice Blue Marketing (who own the Find It network which was launched to develop contract and procurement opportunities across the region) the project covers 

  • Overview of the opportunity, key customers, processes and technology
  • Accreditations, standards and other requirements
  • Sales and marketing 
  • Bidding, winning and managing contracts 
  • Skills, qualifications, training and recruitment
  • Change and risk management

This would be of particular benefit to those businesses already supplying the automotive, heavy rail or aerospace sectors – and benefits include a personalised supply transition road map, 2 OEM site visits, a meet the buyer event, and three support workshops. To register your interest in joining the first cohort please email  and


Business Growth West Midlands - Workshops


Understanding how best to finance the growth of your business can be a challenge - the following Business Growth West Midlands funded workshops could help:

Access to Finance 2-Day Advice Workshop 

Tuesday 21th May and Wednesday 22nd May  9.00am – 4.00pm                   The Hub, Littleton Street West Walsall WS2 8ES

This 2-day event is designed to enable you to identify the best source of finance for your business’ needs and prepare for an application. Delivered by a team of experienced business finance specialists, you will walk away prepared to begin your business finance journey. For more information and to book a place click here


Access to Finance - LGBTQ+ Workshop and Network

Tuesday 28th May  10.00am - 2.00pm  SPEED Wolverhampton Science Park 

This free interactive taster session is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to discover the funding options available to their business and create new networking opportunities in the regionFor more information and to book a place click here


Access to Finance Workshop for Creative Businesses

Wednesday 29th May   9.30am - 1.00pm  Zellig Business Centre, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4A1

A free interactive taster session with an overview of the funding options available to businesses and help to demystify the world of business funding including: Debt finance & understanding interest rates; Alternative Finance; Grant funding – is it free?; Crowdfunding – reward, social and equity; Angel Investment & Venture Capital – when is it right for you?; The importance of creating a Pitch Deck or a Business Plan; Financial forecasting and why it’s the narrative you need.

For more information and to book a place click here


Enterprise Nation


Working out how to start and grow a business can be tough – Enterprise Nation seeks to help address this through plugging you into a network of fellow businesses, business advisers, resources, expertise and connections. Support can be accessed at a selection of events or online.

To get a personalised action plan for your business please click here

To get a started on a series of e learning modules click here

To access a series of themed ‘Insight papers and reports’ please click here


Innovate Business Growth


What do we mean by innovation, how can your business be more innovative, what difference does an innovative mindset make, what support and funding is available? To answer these questions and more the city council have partnered up with Innovate Business Growth to deliver a programme of 8 local workshops and drop in sessions.

Details of the first 2 sessions which are being held at Wolverhampton Science Park are below

Introduction to Innovate UK Business Growth – Who are we and what do we offer?

Friday 14th June 9.00am - 10.30am   Wolverhampton Science Park

To book a place please click here

The Innovation Journey – How to create a road map for your innovation journey and the things to consider

Friday 5th July 9.00am - 10.30am    Wolverhampton Science Park

To book a place please click here

These workshops start with refreshments and a breakfast bap and conclude with an opportunity for a follow on 121 session that morning with an Innovate UK advisor, or can be booked for a later date.

and to get an insight of the support available from Innovate UK Business Growth please click here


Journey to Net Zero with a Warwick Manufacturing Group Cohort


The Net Zero Innovation Programme has recently been launched by the Warwick Manufacturing Group. This free programme offers a cohort based approach to understand what net zero would mean and look like for your business. It includes a net zero readiness assessment, a net zero roadmap, collaboration events, a best practice visit, a technical innovation project, and the opportunity to apply for grant funding toward an energy efficiency project (and this can be additional to the city councils Net Zero grant funding).

Underpinning this is an understanding that key to business engagement in the Net Zero journey is to help manufacturing SMEs understand the commercial benefits of decarbonising the workplace. Sustainability is important to businesses but the ultimate drivers for this kind of change are reducing costs, boosting reputation and meeting their customers’ growing requirements for a greener supply chain.

For more detail and to register your interest please email    and


First Aid and Fork Lift Training

With funding through the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Momentum Group is offering free First Aid and Fork Lift Truck training.

If either of these courses supports your company training plan and you have employees who you would like to be put forward for any of the courses please contact Tom Winbow at Momentum Group direct -

Quoting reference number: WCC1.


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 is more than happy to carry out a free business diagnostic - to ensure we can connect you quickly to the right support. 


Community Enterprise Mentoring Project

The Wolverhampton Black Business Network (WBBN) has successfully secured £20,000 funding to relaunch its mentoring programme. The funding will support both new and existing businesses in the Wolverhampton area covering a two-year period. WBBN will be launching ‘The Community Enterprise Mentoring Project II’ on the 24th of May, 2024, at Heritage Centre, Clifford Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0AA, from 5.30pm. ‘The Community Enterprise Mentoring Project II’ will deliver a tailored mentoring programme to meet the needs and challenges of each participant on their journey to become successful in their business and will offer mentorship in areas of entrepreneurship such as business strategy, business finance, marketing, procurement and related business challenges. Should you wish to join this year’s Mentoring cohort, please indicate your interest by contacting Sam Duru on 07771734967 or Ms. Janet Smith on 07481018227, or emailing   All prospective mentors and mentees will be expected to complete the enrolment forms at the launch.


HMRC - Self Assessment


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