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News and information for West Oxfordshire’s businesses - 07 May 21

Deadline looming for ARG claims

The deadline for submitting a claim for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is next Wednesday 12 May. All claims must be received by the end of that day. Those businesses that have previously received an ARG from us have been sent an email requesting confirmation of key information.  You must reply to this email with the requested information by close of play on 12 May.
The criteria for ARG have been extended so more businesses should be eligible.  If you have been severely affected by the Covid restrictions but are ineligible for the Restart Grant then you may well be eligible for an ARG. Please check the criteria on our grants webpage where you will also find the application form. Deadline for submitting the completed form is Wednesday 12 May.
Grants web page

Many restart grants unclaimed

We have had an excellent response to the Restart Grant scheme but there are still many businesses that we think are eligible but have not replied to our email seeking the key information we need to pay the grant. If you have previously received a COVID grant from us, please check your inbox and your spam to make sure you haven't missed the email.

Full details of Restart Grant and ARG criteria are on our website along with application forms for both schemes.
Grants web page

OxLEP innovation webinar

OxLEP will be delivering a webinar showing businesses how to access local resources to help their innovation projects. The session will explore some of the help available at the University of Oxford’s Begbroke Science Park, including rapid prototyping equipment, the Oxford Materials Characterisation Service and the facilities available at the Agile Lab.

The webinar will include case studies showing how SMEs have already benefitted from the facilities as well as explaining how the Begbroke Innovation Voucher scheme works. This webinar runs from 10:00 to 11:30 on 11 May 2021.
OxLEP Business webinar

Turn Off, Tune In Event 

Are you struggling to adapt your work: life balance as the way we do everything seems to keep changing? Dell Technologies is delivering a series of events during May to guide business owners through this shift. 

The series includes engaging talks, masterclasses and workshops covering a mixture of both lifestyle and business focused sessions. Content will be available on-demand, so if you can’t join live, you can catch up at your convenience.
Dell Technologies Event

Other helpful organisations

Several business groups are coming up trumps with help and advice for businesses. The ones below are good but do also check the trade association for your own sector.
  • Enterprise Nation - a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers with a website packed full of resources
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group
  • OSEP CIC - is a social enterprise set up to support Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprises, enterprising charities and purposeful business across Oxfordshire 
  • Prince's Trust - useful advice, guidance and resources targeted at young entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
  • Institute of Directors (IoD) - business organisation for company directors
  • Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) - represents the UK's self-employed including freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors 
  • UK Hospitality - represents the broad hospitality sector – covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues
  • Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) - Growth hub for Oxfordshire
  • MD2MD - helps managing directors compare notes on business MD to MD. Now operating online with a free trial period for qualifying business leaders.

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