Business West launches webinar and virtual networking series to aid COVID recovery

By Anita Jaynes on 18 May, 2020

As the UK looks certain to enter recession as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, Business West is launching a brand-new series of webinars and virtual networking events to help enable businesses to bounce back and get the South West’s economy back on track.

Aimed at SMEs, the webinars will address the various practical issues and challenges facing businesses as lockdown measures are eased to smooth the transition to life after COVID-19.

Drawing on the in-house expertise of its award-winning business advisors and network of member businesses from the professional services sector and beyond, this brand-new series of webinars will meet the demand of businesses for a one stop shop of coronavirus-related advice and guidance that they know they can trust. In addition to informational, advice-led webinars, Business West is also set to launch its ‘Zoom around the room networking sessions’ to help enable the local business community to connect, collaborate and share business opportunities throughout this challenging time.

Upcoming events include:

The launch of a webinar and virtual networking events series represents the latest expansion of Business West’s hugely successful Trading Through Coronavirus service, which has been accessed by more than 60,000 businesses since launching in mid-March. Featuring answers to frequently asked questions, up to the minute expert legal and financial advice and even a regular video and podcast series Trading Through Coronavirus has become the trusted go to partner of South West businesses as they attempt to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West

Business West Managing Director Phil Smith said,“Building upon the overwhelming success of our Trading Through Coronavirus hub, we have launched this series of webinars and networking events to continue to deliver the trusted, expert advice and guidance that we are known for via a more dynamic and interactive medium. I am delighted that we are able to bring to bear the expertise of our membership to bring first class advice and guidance to these webinars

“In turn this will enable us to respond to the coronavirus crisis with even greater agility and to continue to meet the growing demand for expert business advice, information and guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic from a single, and most importantly, trusted source.

“Moreover, I’m delighted that we have been able to take our sell out Chamber networking breakfast networking events online for the very first time. Business owners tell us that they value the role Business West plays in helping them to make smart connections, which is why we have created virtual breakout rooms to try and recreate the unique networking opportunities of our face to face events in cyber space.”

Business West is one of the most influential business leadership organisations in the UK. It represents over 21,000 businesses in the South West including its network of Chambers of Commerce members in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. To find out more visit: