New support programmes for local businesses

Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wandsworth Council is funding a series of bespoke support programmes to help businesses through some of the challenges presented by COVID-19. The programmes on offer are designed to help entrepreneurs to build resilience as they Start, Reset & Grow their business during these uncertain times.

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Cllr Aled Richards-Jones, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Skills and Employment said: “Wandsworth Council believes that small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of our communities - which is why we continue to be committed to fostering and supporting businesses in the borough through these uncertain times.

“Over the next eight months, local businesses will have the opportunity to access a range of tailored 1-1 sessions as well as online programmes of workshops and themed events. With social distancing and national restrictions set to continue in coming months, these sessions will take place online for the foreseeable future. The programmes cater to a wide range of business needs and sector, so I'd urge businesses to see what's on offer.”

Forthcoming programmes include:

Brexit support – an offer of tailored 1-1 consultancy to help businesses navigate Brexit.

Re:Create 2021 - a two-month programme (in partnership with Creative United), aimed at creative businesses, makers, entrepreneurs and artists. Re:Create will feature a specialist 1-1 mentoring sessions and a series of themed, virtual events where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders as well as network with like-minded creatives.

Wandsworth Digital - a three-month programme (launched in partnership with Enterprise Nation), that will support small businesses with little or no digital presence to start selling online. In addition to ongoing 1-1 advice, the programme will comprise a digital bootcamp featuring expert speakers from Uber Eats and Amazon, and cover a range of topics such as building a website, digital marketing and social media - designed to equip participants with the tools and skills they need to get started in e-commerce.

Ready, Steady, Grow (in partnership with Virgin Startup) – six month programme for entrepreneurs wanting to kick start their business idea or scale up their existing start up. The programme which starts in April, will provide structured training on the fundamental areas of starting a business, from idea generation and validation, through to business planning and cash flow forecasting. Participants will also have access to a 10-part webinar series, a business advice helpline and ongoing 1-1 mentoring.

To book your place on one of these programmes or to view additional business support events from the Council visit www.wandsworthenterprisehub.com