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WECA Newsletter – 29 June 2020

West of England Careers Hub extended to help more people into work

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles has announced that from September, every secondary school and college across the West of England will be part of the West of England Careers Hub.

Led by the West of England Combined Authority, the Careers Hub works with schools across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to inspire young people and prepare them for the world of work.

Currently the Hub is working, remotely, with 76 schools and colleges but from September 2020 it will support 95 schools and colleges – including special educational needs schools and pupil referral units. Read more…

New support offers financial resilience for small businesses

Small businesses in the West of England will get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by Metro Mayor Tim Bowles.

The new accountancy support programme, delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), will provide small businesses with a financial check-up, as well as bespoke advice and guidance on effective financial management.

Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, said: “I’m backing West of England businesses to help kick start our region’s economy as we safely ease the Covid-19 restrictions. I know that a one-size fits all approach helps no-one, so this programme forms part of my package of bespoke support measures to give companies the help they need.” Read more…

West of England Combined Authority Newsletter

The West of England Combined Authority has a regular newsletter that highlights the latest support and news from WECA and the LEP. You can sign up here

West of England Growth Hub

Our Growth Hub offers a package of support such as the new Accountancy Support Programme, delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The programme provides small businesses with a free financial check-up, as well as bespoke advice and guidance on effective financial management. The programme aims to enable growth and boost the productivity of small businesses, through hands-on coaching to help businesses to adopt new tools and processes, which is delivered by a chartered accountant. The support is fully funded and tailored to each company’s requirements.

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator, is a free online training programme that can help businesses with their development. Delivered in partnership with Enterprise Nation, it offers a package of free training and financial support, specifically tailored to helping start-ups and small businesses navigate and recover from the challenges of COVID-19.
It includes practical advice for all types of business from sole traders, start ups and entrepreneurs through to more advanced support for existing businesses seeking long-term growth.

The West of England Growth Hub also has a regular e-bulletin with the latest in business support, grants, funding, events and partner information. You can sign up here

Future Bright

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support to help residents develop the skills and confidence they need to take the next step along their career path.

The Future Bright team will match participants with a dedicated career coach who will support them to create a personalised action plan which includes: advice and support; developing skills and personal budget planning.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, Future Bright coaches continue to support residents by using telephone and online tools to stay in touch safely.

Future Bright is available to residents in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

Find out more here…


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