A2B E-Newsletter: September Edition 2020

Giving you Access to our Business with the best monthly highlights and updates!

Welcome to the official Access to Business E-Newsletter.

The effects of COVID19 will not stop us from getting our good news to you, and from workshop reviews to client success stories, you can catch up with all the latest updates here at A2B!

Read the highlights of all the success as our staff continue to work hard, making sure all clients receive the very best of our services tailored to their own personal requirements.

A2B - New Updates

Cyber Security Essentials: We've Passed!

We've been gifted an official Cyber Essential Certificate of Assurance!

After a final grading, we are so proud to announce that we have recently passed the Cyber Security Essentials 2019 assessment.

Cyber Essentials is an official UK wide, government-backed certification that helps companies guard against the most common cyber threats and reduce your risk by at least 80%. It also allows you to demonstrate your commitment to cyber security to prospective customers.

RAISE - Self Employment

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BUSINESSES SUPPORTED

Online Workshops

RAISE: A Team to Remember

Achieve your business goals and gain success with our tailored training and guidance.

Our RAISE team have supported a total of 82 businesses since working from home in April. Members Carole, Gary, Bal, Carol, Paula, Jim, Laura and Jess continue to offer support to new and existing clients through a range of workshops.

These SFEDI accredited business advisors provide one to one sessions for their clients, and run a number of online group sessions with workshops varying from Business Planning, Business Finance and Marketing to Social Media and Bookkeeping.

In addition, WEST’s popular Coffee & Catch Up session is a great opportunity for any woman looking for guidance in business to interact with like-minded professionals and build a stronger network.

Our Star Client Success Story

Featured self-employment client, Zhaire shares the success of her new business...

Zhaire contacted A2B looking for support to start a business. She worked in care but decided to be a stay at home mom bringing up her three children.

Though she wanted to venture into self-employment, Zhaire wasn’t sure where to start or even what to do. She attended the RAISE online information session where her advisor gave her 1-1 support, and advised her to attend the standard RAISE workshops including Business planning, Marketing and Business Finance.

Finding them extremely useful, Zhaire had the confidence she needed to start her business. Using MS Teams to video call her advisor, she received help and was able to create a Facebook page for her business.

She later attended more business workshops to gain better business knowledge regarding Self-Assessment, Social Media and Bookkeeping. Zhaire is now in week two of her business and has already started to grow her following via her Facebook page, and is now taking orders from customers.

Now looking forward to the future and building her business, Zhaire will continue to be supported and promoted by the RAISE project, and we anticipate inviting her to future networking events.

RAISE Workshop Feedback

Get an insight on the top RAISE workshops from the mouths of our clients!
"The content was very informative and exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the course, and it gave me a great foundation to start my own business."
Business Planning Attendee
RAISE WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
"Both advisors were brilliant! Very supportive, friendly and were clear and informative when presenting the course content."
Coffee & Catch Up Attendee
RAISE WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
"Staff were very friendly and answered any questions we had. They also understood the course material and presented it well."
Business Finance Attendee
RAISE WORKSHOP FEEDBACK

BRIDGES - Self Employment & Employment

BRIDGES: Here to Support You

They say that “Life is about taking your opportunities...”

If you wish to explore self-employment our highly skilled and successful BRIDGES team are waiting to speak to you about the support and guidance we may be able to offer you.

This can include supporting you to produce a business plan and considering legal aspects, marketing, business finance guidance or using social media for business.

If you decide that Self-employment is not for you then we can offer employment support and further training opportunities. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by calling our friendly BRIDGES team who are here to support you!

If you would like information on the full range of self-employment and employment support services available at Access to Business, please contact us using the details below:

📞: 01902 572397 | 📧: info@access2business.co.uk | @TNLComFund | #TNLComFundESF | @steps.work | @bbo.bridges

Brunch with BRIDGES: The Perfect Combo!

As the saying goes, “Brunch is much more than just a late breakfast...”

It was a treat to see all our brilliant BRIDGES participants come along and enjoy ‘Brunch with BRIDGES.’

Taking place on Friday 14th August, the event was full of light-hearted fun and activities – including an exclusive tour of Dave’s veg patch, and our attendees sampling a range of different and delicious brunch menus and variations.

While cakes and biscuits might not have been considered the healthiest food options, everyone had a healthy dose of socialisation by being able to get to know each other, and catch up on the latest happenings at A2B.
A welcomed break during these challenging times of COVID-19.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Sara, who’s ‘Tasty Mushroom, Bacon & Tomato Sandwich’ was voted the favourite brunch of the day!

Celebrating National Fish & Chip Day!

Access to Business celebrated ‘National Fish & Chips Day’ on Friday 4th September!

Aside from being known as one of the most popular awareness days on the calendar, we wanted the occasion to be special this year. We dedicated National Fish & Chips Day 2020 to the food industry and their efforts during COVID19.

We say a very big THANK YOU to this amazing industry who are at the centre of every community – adapting to keep us fed when able to do so safely, and have kept us all safe by remaining closed at great sacrifice to their business.
They have all shown great resilience throughout lockdown.

It was great to bring everyone together to celebrate and enjoy this iconic British Dish, ranging from Fish & Chip shops, pub chains, restaurants and retailers, to fishermen and farmers, who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients needed to create this family favourite!

Why not contact our BRIDGES team and find out what else they do when they are not involved in Fish and Chips!

Black Country Futures - Employment & Wellbeing

BCF: Learn something new!

This is your time to increase your skills, confidence and wellbeing.

Why don’t you give us a call to see how we can help you make 2020 your year?
Please Emma a ring on 01902 572397 or email emma@access2business.cco.uk for more information.

  • CV Support

    Tailor your CV towards the career you want

  • Careers Guidance

    If you're struggling with your career path we'll provide support with job searching

  • Application Forms

    1-1 support to give you the best chances to the employment you desire

  • Interview Techniques

    Choose from a variety of group workshops and 1-1 support of interview training to help you shine.

Your Time to Shine: Clients Success

Your journey at your speed, and let us support you with those next steps!

We have two qualified advisors who can work with you 1-1, supporting you with your journey into work.
Black Country Futures is very proud to announce another two of our fantastic participants have moved into employment.

“Since joining A2B, I feel I get the full support to help me move in the right direction in finding a job to suit me. I’m looking forward to my future with A2B as I am supported with my mental health to keep me positive.”
Nichola
Black Country Futures Participant
“Emma and Simon were very helpful and supportive. They would give me advice on whatever I needed to get through my interview, and as a result of their support, before my interview I was offered the job as ‘Activities Coordinator’ at East Park Residential Care Home. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Access to Business for these training courses.”
Paulette
Black Country Futures Participant

Courses for Life

Make this your time to shine and give us a call to help you with your journey into employment.

Here at Access to Business we are very proud to be able to offer many different online training sessions such as:

• Health & Wellbeing
• Healthy Body Healthy Mind
• Basic IT
• Excel Spreadsheets
• Canva Design Programme
• Introduction to BSL
• Interview Skills
• Money Matters
And many more!

Sign up to one of our Online Information Sessions or search our Online Training Courses page for workshops and webinars right for you!

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