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BRENTWOOD BUSINESS NEWS 

FEBRUARY 2019

   
   
   

BUSINESS ADVICE, 

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

   
   

Brentwood Business Showcase 2019

Save the Date - 31 October 


Brentwood Borough Council is pleased to announce that the Brentwood Business Showcase will return for its fourth year on Thursday, 31 October 2019. 


Save the date in your diaries and keep an eye on the Showcase website for updates!

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National Apprenticeship Week Pop-Up Shop 

4 - 9 March, Baytree Shopping Centre


In association with the Centre for Apprenticeships and Havering College, Brentwood Borough Council and leading training providers will be opening a National Apprenticeship Week Pop-Up Shop at the Baytree Centre from 4-9 March.


The shop will bring together apprentices, employers, colleges, and private training providers for a series of informative presentations, CV workshops, LinkedIn headshots and special guests throughout the week.  


A full schedule of activities will be published shortly.

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Spruce Up the High Street

4 - 8 March, Brentwood High Street


Brentwood Borough Council is giving the town centre a deep clean the first week of March.  We'll be removing fly posting, painting railings, cleaning street furniture, planting and weeding.


The Council is looking for a few volunteers to help our Depot staff and Neighbourhood Action Team. If your business or community group would like to get involved, email business@brentwood.gov.uk or call 01277 312774 for more information.

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Food Hygiene Course

Hosted by Brentwood Borough Council


Wednesday, 6 March - 9:15am - 5pm
Merrymeade House, Merrymeade Chase, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BG


Brentwood Borough Council has introduced this course to assist caterers in preparing food safely and to provide up to date information on food hygiene. The subjects covered include current food legislation, food poisoning and bacteria, cross contamination, temperature control, personal hygiene, pest control and allergen awareness. The course fee is £67 per person.
   
   
   
   

FREE WORKSHOP - 'Managing Growth…and the unintended consequences'

Presented by Pro-actions Business Coaching & Support

Hosted by Brentwood Borough Council, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brentwood Business Partnership


Wednesday, 3 April - 6pm - 8:30pm
FRP Advisory, The Drive, Warley, Brentwood, CM13 3BE


Rapid growth is what every business aspires to – but it can generate some real issues if you’re not prepared. Running out of cash because of ‘over trading’ is one of the biggest killers of businesses that are growing fast and appear to be doing well. And as you grow, so do the demands on both leadership and management. 


This Pro-actions business seminar will explore some of the common pitfalls and top strategies and tips for how to successfully navigate them.


Attendees can look forward to understanding more about 

  • How to prepare your business for rapid growth 
  • How to manage your cash to avoid the pitfalls 
  • Tried and tested tactics for how to survive if you hit a cash flow problem 

Packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must-attend event for anyone who is serious about their business having the best chance to succeed. 


Light refreshments will be provided for delegates. Booking is essential as there are limited places.

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FREE WORKSHOP - 'Social Media for Business'

Presented by Invest Essex
 

Hosted by Brentwood Borough Council, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Brentwood Business Partnership


Tuesday, 23 April - 9:30am - 1pm 

Brentwood Borough Council, Seven Arches Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY


Brentwood Borough Council, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Brentwood Business Partnership have partnered with Invest Essex to bring you a FREE social media workshop. 


Topics being covered include: 

  • The key features of creating a successful social media strategy 
  • Measurement tools for social media & why measurement is important 
  • How to optimise your platforms 
  • How to use social media to grow your business 
  • Hints & tips for saving time 


Light refreshments will be provided.  The class is now full but you can add your name to the waitlist.  We are working with Invest Essex to schedule a second course and will let you know when a date has been confirmed.

   
   
   

BEST Growth Hub Business Events
February - March 2019


BEST Growth Hub have a wide selection of business workshops and events taking place across Essex throughout February and March. Topics range from setting up a new business, business marketing, IT skills for business and several business networking events. 


BEST Growth Hub also provides free one-to-one business advice to support you in reviewing your business and suggesting ideas for its development to increase productivity. 

   
   
   

Brentwood Local Development Plan Consultation
5 February - 19 March 2019


Brentwood Borough Council approved the pre-submission version of the Brentwood Local Plan in November 2018. This document will soon be published for public consultation before submission to the Government for examination. The Plan will set a vision, objectives and planning policy to manage development in the Borough over the next 15 years. 


The Council also approved the Brentwood Town Centre Design Guide to be published for public consultation before it can be adopted. The Guide will provide an important tool to inform details related to the design of new development in the Town Centre. 


Consultation on both documents will take place from 5 February till 19 March. 

   
   
   
   
   

BUSINESS SUPPORT AND GRANTS

   

Superfast Essex Gigabit Vouchers


The Government has launched a new scheme aimed at increasing access to full fibre broadband networks across the UK. Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. 

As part of this commitment, the Government is investing £67million for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme from March 2018 hoping to encourage suppliers to invest in gigabit-capable services.

The scheme is aimed at businesses but also available to residents together in a group with businesses if businesses are the main beneficiary. Through the scheme businesses and residents, can approach suppliers who can apply for micro-grants in the form of vouchers on their behalf to support the cost of deploying new gigabit-capable connectivity. 

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Individual businesses and group projects can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection. For more information please visit the Superfast Broadband website.

   
   
   
   

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies)


Who Is It For? 
TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) provides free support to SMEs that have a logistics function. 

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Early participants to the range of free workshops, diagnostic assessments and grants include companies engaged in air freight, road freight, containers, print, cleaning, healthcare, event hire, footwear manufacture, parts manufacture, warehousing, and logistics software systems. 

Visit www.haven-gateway.org/projects/tale/ to join them. If you need any more info, please speak to sian.dowell@haven-gateway.org.
   
   
   

Brentwood Business Partnership


The Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP) is a collaboration between Brentwood businesses, local business organisations and Brentwood Borough Council to raise awareness of Brentwood as a thriving place for businesses, visitors and residents; to Increase footfall and encourage local spend to grow the local economy; to support retailers, businesses, tourism and the night-time economy; and to sponsor events and projects to attract more business and improve the public realm. 

The Brentwood Business Partnership business plan has been published and is available for download.


Follow the Brentwood Business Partnership on @BwdBizPartner for updates, or visit www.brentwoodbusinesspartnership.co.uk
   
   
   
   

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For further information on business news & events, please visit www.discoverbrentwood.co.uk. Thank you, Economic Development Team, Brentwood Borough Council.

   
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Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY 
01277 312500 
business@brentwood.gov.uk