Events, support, opportunities and funding for businesses across Cherwell

11/08/2017 | NEWS

For those already in Oxfordshire who need help to start-up or grow a business, Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS) can help, offering free start-up advice sessions and growth workshops.  Forthcoming local workshops include; 26th September 2017 - Business planning for growth, 24th November 2017 - Networking for Business Start-Ups and 11th December 2017- Make Your Business More Efficient. For more information about the range of support available and to book your place on a workshop or arrange an individual business advice session, visit the OBS website.

The Oxfordshire Project invites businesses join in their open networking meetings across Oxfordshire. The meetings are friendly and informal yet offer the structure required to optimise the time spend with them. You can choose to attend any meeting according to your schedule, location or choose a topic of interest. The next local network meetings are in Banbury on 14th August 2017 and in Bicester on 24th August 2017. To find out more about The Oxfordshire Project and to book a place at a meeting, please visit their website.

Small Business Advice Week takes place from 4th to 10th September 2017 and is here to help the country's 4.5 million SMEs thrive in tough times, with advice from both leading experts and businesses across Britain. If you have any questions about Small Business Advice Week or if you're a company, organisation or brand and feel you have a strong message which links with Small Business Advice Week then please get in touch. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with media, partnerships and even video production. E-mail

If you are looking for a way to help your business, Velocity Growth Hub is a focal point for businesses with aspirations to grow and unleash their potential, offering a choice of free one-to-one advice, workshops, training, networking and more, all tailored to your own specific business needs. To arrange a one-to-one appointment and to find out about the range of support on offer from Velocity, please visit their website or call 0300 01234 35. Velocity is also promoting a morning of advice and support on 7th September 2017, to help celebrate Small Business Advice week.

The Banbury Business Networking Club has been running for over 20 years for the benefit of the local business community. With high-calibre guest speakers and fantastic food – it offers a brilliant opportunity for regular networking sessions with a large, well-established database of like-minded business professionals. Their next event is 7:00-9:00am on Friday 8 September where they will be joined by Simon Biltcliffe of Webmart. To attend book your place here. To find out more about the free membership benefits, visit the website or call 01295 661581

The Oxfordshire LEADER programme delivers European funding for rural development using a community-led approach. It is aimed at farmers, businesses, community organisations, foresters and tourism providers. Come along to Kirtlington Village Hall on 13th September 2017 to find out more about what projects are eligible, for a brief presentation and for information about other local opportunities. For further information about Oxfordshire LEADER, visit the website or phone 01235 422245.

Cherwell District Council’s next Job Fair will be held in Banbury on Thursday 28th September 2017. These popular and well attended recruitment and careers events attract many local businesses and jobseekers. Businesses interested in attending this event or our fortnightly Job Clubs in Banbury and in Bicester should contact the Job Club Team at

Through their FEAST project, the Food & Drink Forum can offer a range of useful services to food and drink manufacturers over the next three years, including; grant funding for businesses looking to purchase new equipment to help them grow and create jobs, business mentoring, industry events, technical support and technical apprentices. To access any of these services or for further information on the FEAST project, please call the Food & Drink Forum on 0115 975 8810 or email

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a fully funded programme of training courses to help businesses grow. It aims to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses, providing recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees' skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. For more details and to find out if you are eligible for funded training through SSW, contact SERCO by e-mailing

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