West of England Jobs and Skills Summit begins

By Nick Batten on 5 July, 2021

The West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) first ‘Jobs and Skills Summit’ will take place this week from 5th – 9th July.

During the week Metro Mayor Dan Norris will meet people across the region and hear their views on jobs and skills opportunities and concerns. This will include students, apprentices and workers whose careers have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are also a series of FREE online events for residents and businesses with information on apprenticeships, wellbeing and careers support.

To find out more click here. 

Creative Sector Growth Programme 

WECA has also launched a new growth programme aimed at creative businesses and freelancers across the region (inc. North Somerset).

The programme follows on from the highly successful Creative Scale Up and will support up to 120 creative businesses to reformulate their operating and financial models, explore new business opportunities and review business plans in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme will offer participants access to sector specific support including:

  • • £3,000 of professional sector specific expertise (mentoring, coaching and/or consultancy),
  • • a dedicated Peer Support Programme including a minimum of six facilitated peer group sessions and
  • • access to workshops and training delivered by Watershed.

The facilitated peer sessions will bring cohorts of 10 businesses together, regularly, to address the shared challenges of recovery and building resilience whilst learning collectively from each other.

The programme runs until March 2022 and each business and freelancer on the programme will receive a minimum of six months intensive business support.

Download the application form and find the Frequently Asked Questions on the Growth Hub website: Take me to the Creative page.

Applications should be emailed to creativegrowth@westofengland-ca.gov.uk by Monday 26 July, 12pm quoting Creative Sector Growth Programme in the subject of the email.

Green Business Grants close this week 

Finally, this is the last opportunity for regional businesses to access the latest round of support to improve their green business credentials.

Green Business Grants are saving businesses an average of £1,700 off their annual energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions by an average seven tonnes annually too.

All types of small and medium sized enterprises can apply for a grant; from garages, laundrettes and coffee shops through to architects and pubs.

Find out more and apply online today: take me to the Green Business Grant application page. The deadline for applications is  11th July.