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Harborough Business Update
Harborough District Council
District of Harborough
July 2021 | Issue 100
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Welcome to the Harborough Business Update. We provide a fortnightly overview of the latest business related news, initiatives and support packages.
Thank You Day - Sunday 4th July
Thank You Day is here this Sunday!

This event provides an excellent opportunity for everyone who deserves it, to receive a big "Thank You!" for all they have done, particularly over the last year.

If you're a business, you can get involved by printing off one of the Official Thank You Day posters and placing it in your shop window. You can download these posters for FREE here.

Don't forget to contact us via our social media channels to let us know who you want to thank, and we will share these periodically during the event.

Twitter: @HarboroughVisit
Instagram: @visitharboroughdistrict

Click the link below to find out more about Thank You Day
Invest in Harborough Workshops - Help us help you!
We are still looking for people to take part in our survey about your business workshop preferences! 

We have had a number of successful events and webinars this year delivered by some great partners, however, we want to hear from you as businesses 

What topics do you want to us cover next? 

💷 Managing Finance
📣 Marketing Strategy
📱 Social Media
🌍 Entering International Markets
🤝 Networking and Business partnerships
💆‍♀️ Dealing with stress while running a business

The options are endless!

These responses will help us deliver content that is more relevant to you, in a way that is most convenient for you.

The survey will only take a couple of minutes and your feedback is invaluable to us, so help us help you by filling out the quick survey in the link below!
Harborough Jobs: Skills Funding to Support Your Business
10am – 11am, Tuesday 13 July
Join our webinar to find out how you can access free training to upskill your workforce, and ultimately improve your business.

Tuesday 13 July, 10am - 11am

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester & Leicestershire.

They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees' skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

They can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your needs, and because this programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) there is no cost to your business!

Register free now!
New Additional Restrictions Grants Webinar - Support for Businesses
Would you like to hear more about the new ARGs that will be available in the coming month?

Check out our informative webinar on these grants and how they will focus on providing support to businesses in recovery, growth and innovation post Covid-19. 

This is an opportunity for you learn about the various schemes available and understand how they would support your business.

There will also be opportunities for attendees to feedback towards the end of the webinar.

Tuesday 6 July, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Click the link below to register free
Harbs Collective wants to hear from you!
Market Harborough's group of small and unique independent businesses have put together a survey with Harborough District Council, to give local shoppers the opportunity to have their say about the way that they shop and engage with their businesses.

The survey is designed to help the retailer group understand what you would like to get out of your town centre. More specifically the shopping experience, services, and events that Harbs Collective provide throughout the year.

We are encouraging people who visit the town centre in various ways to take part in the survey and enable Harbs Collective to continue to serve the community in a way that is unique and caters to the needs of those local and from further afield.

Harbs Collective say

"The way we shop has changed in the wake of COVID-19, and as such Market Harborough's independent retailers need to make sure that we adapt to that change but without losing the charm of our high street and sense of local community. That's why Harbs Collective would love our shoppers and visitors to complete this survey so that everything we do moving forward responds to our community's needs and makes sure the town is a vibrant and inviting place to visit for everyone."

Complete our short survey and encourage others to do the same via the link below 
Inspire the next generation!
Welland Park Academy is looking for businesses to take part in their next careers fair to inspire the next generation!

Careers can be a minefield for young people but speaking to real life employers can help them to decide on the next steps they want to take in school and in life. 

There will be two talks to parents and students, at 6pm and 7pm which employers may choose to get involved in.

If you have any special requirements for your organisations display (require a plug socket etc.) please specify this on the Microsoft Form.

Email to find out more or register your interest here.
Get Professional Business Support With NBV
NBV supports start-up businesses through the NBV Grant
The grant can be used for equipment such as computer hardware, tools or alternatively for consultancy services to help you plan success for your business marketing plan, IT projects and Sales strategies.

The NBV Business Assist Programme is here to provide your start up and growing business access to impartial, experienced business advisors that act as a sounding board, providing focused and objective assistance.

These business advisors have extensive experience dealing with problems that SMEs in East Midlands face and have access to a plethora of high-quality information, resources, and training to support you and your business.

Whether it's 1-to-1 sessions, sector specific workshops or networking opportunities that you need access to, NBV has it covered.

If you'd like to know more about these and other services, provided by NBV, click the link below.

Dates for the Diary
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Tuesday 6 July, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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Thursday 8 July, 9:30am - 12:30pm
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Friday 16 July, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Tuesday 20 July, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Wednesday 28 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tackling Plastic Packaging - Grants Opportunity
The Government has announced that it is looking for innovative solutions to tackle the world-wide problem of plastic packaging.

To help encourage this, it is making £7m available from its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for research and development projects which can 'significantly impact' the targets set by the 2025 UK Plastic Pact.

If you think your organisation can demonstrate an innovative concept that will lead to improved packaging recycling or re-use, compared to existing re-use and recycling concepts of the same capacity - then this is a fantastic opportunity for you!

The deadline for applications is 11am on 8 September

For a more in-depth review of the parameters needed for a successful application, and info on how to apply, click the link below.

1-2-1 Business Meetings
Get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of our team.

We offer support on a wide range of topics from funding opportunities to digital marketing and more.
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