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The University of Chester’s Commercial Operations team has pulled together a collection of resources from the Government, our delivery partners and our very own business engagement managers to support you through the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope this is of use during what is an uncertain time. Please be assured that our business engagement team are still available to support you and can be contacted via email for meetings via Skype. For any general enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us email: businessgrowth@chester.ac.uk.

The University of Chester has put together a COVID-19 Updates section of the website. With information from University regarding internal plans, guidance for Commercial Occupants and more.

Our commercial sites have many businesses located on them. Keeping each other safe whilst ensuring our commercial sites remain operational is our priority in the commercial operations team. The team have worked tirelessly alongside other colleagues from across the University to maintain a safe working environment, ensuring all the latest national and local guidelines are adhered to. The team have received some fantastic feedback from the commercial occupants located onsite. Read more.

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BGP Events

The University of Chester is proud to be a delivery partner of the ERDF funded Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme.
The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme provides fully funded support to local SMEs in the form of workshops, master classes, one-to-one advice, mentoring and peer-to-peer support.  
We will help you understand the priorities for your business, as well as what steps you need to take to move your business to the next stage. 
Contact us now to apply for business growth support directly from the University of Chester: BGP_Team@chester.ac.uk.

Workshop: Creating & Leading a Motivated, Focused and Resilient Workforce
Wednesday 10th February, 09:30 – 11:30
Delivered by: Chris Sharkey
Develop yourself as a leader and maximise the effectiveness of your team, building your skills in emotional intelligence. With Covid-19, Brexit and an economic downturn, this is a particularly difficult but important time for business leaders to ensure effective engagement and communication with employees. 

Start-Up Bootcamp: Review, Reflect, Create
2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th March, 09:30 – 11:30
Delivered by: Ruby Star Associates
This online Business Bootcamp provides an ideal opportunity to do just that: reflect, reframe and reinvent. Designed for SMEs and Sole Traders across all sectors, who are new to business (trading less than 12 months). Perfect as well as for any person considering starting a new business instead of or alongside their current employment.

Sustainable Growth Bootcamp: Big Impact, Small Footprint
20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, April and 4th, 6th May, 14:00 – 16:00
Delivered by: Ruby Star Associates
Designed for businesses or entrepreneurs who are keen to grow their business in a way which minimises negative environmental impact and maximises positive social and economic impact. Suitable for pre-starts and trading businesses across all sectors. Attendees leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of truly sustainable growth, and a plan for how they want to include sustainability (in all its forms) as part of their future strategy planning and operational management.

Accelerate Programme events

The University of Chester is proud to be a delivery partner of the ESF funded Cheshire & Warrington Accelerate Programme.
The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme provides fully funded support to local SMEs in the form of workshops, master classes, one-to-one advice, mentoring and peer-to-peer support.  
We will help you understand the priorities for your business, as well as what steps you need to take to move your business to the next stage. 
Contact us: acceleratecandw@chester.ac.uk.

Our Business Support Blogs, Vlogs & Top Tips

Visit our Top Tips page to get some useful guidance from our Business Development Team and our Business Support delivery partners.

Government Guidance

Business Finance Funding and Schemes - Gov.uk

Small Business Grant Fund | Support Finder | Gov.uk - Skills Toolkit | The Job Support Scheme | Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

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