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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.

Save The Date: Business Growth Club LIVE, 9th Sepember.

We will be holding our first virtual networking event as part of the University’s Alumni Reunion Festival! We are really excited at the prospect of being joined by so many Alumni of the University to what we hope will be an informative event. We will be joined by the Business School, BGP, Accelerate, Employer Engagement and more! It will be a jam packed hour of speakers and opportunities to ask questions. Watch this space

NEW Accelerate programme

Accelerate is a new programme, part funded by the European Social Fund, for businesses (including sole traders) across Cheshire to reskill and upskill their current workforce. This includes a variety of courses ranging from Continuing Professional Development, technical training, accredited qualifications, non-regulated short courses, and up to Level 7 (equivalent to a Master's Degree) modules across all subjects however niche or bespoke your business. Complete this survey to connect and declare your interest in the programme. Read more.

NEW Autmun BGP Events

Workshop: How to Build a Strong Brand and Add Value
Date: You MUST attend both sessions, Tuesday 13th and 20th October, 9:30-11:00
Delivered by: Clearly, Simply, Truly Marketing Management
The four most valuable brands in the world are worth some 6 billion dollars. Not many businesses will get close to those dizzy heights. We can however use the same brand principles to strengthen and increase the value of our own brands.

Workshop: Website & SEO
Date: Wednesday 7th October, 09:30-12:30
Delivered by: Displace Digital
This workshop is aimed at helping businesses develop an effective approach to search engine optimisation, (SEO), Google in particular. Providing an overview of the importance of SEO as a key element of online success and sharing tried and tested methodology to help lay the foundations of an effective SEO strategy.

Masterclass: Getting Retailer-Ready
Dates: You MUST attend both sessions, Tuesday 15th September + Friday 18th September, 09:30-12:30
Delivered by: Bosworth Consultancy Ltd
This virtually-delivered two session masterclass has no crystal balls, but it does offer the tools to help you reorient your products – possibly your entire business – for you to reassess, pivot and go again: confident that you have considered purposefully rather than simply flip-flopped.

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.

Webinars

Webinars are a great way to enable distance learning and we're thrilled to share with you the below upcoming webinars brought to you by local and national experts.

Government Guidance

UPDATED lockdown restrictions for the North West

Online Risk Assessment Reopen your business safely during coronavirus

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Small Business Grant Fund

Government Guidelines have changed for the Discretionary Grant Scheme

Gov.uk - Sick Pay Rebate Scheme | Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Support Finder | Gov.uk - Skills Toolkit

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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