A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020

A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020

We've got a special, Autumn edition of our newsletter this month!
With good news, new projects, and more from both October and November.

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.

Community Matters

A Community Well Served & the End of a Successful Project
"I want to thank you all for the fantastic job that you all did on the project and for your hard work and dedication in making our project the best in the CM partnership."
Josie Kelly
Access to Business CEO
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Through the formidable leadership of Project Manager, Simon Moore, the Community Matters team have gone from strength to strength, and championed themselves countless times to success.
Their successful achievements did not go unrewarded, as they later received additional funding and a project extension.

They were bestowed with the largest contract in the partnership and were one of only two partners allowed to continue to the end of September.
Crusading through many project changes and mountains of paperwork, the team continued to do an excellent job supporting their CM clients, with many of them succeeding in achieving their goals.

“It was an absoulte pleasure working for the team” says Emma Miller, who has now gone on to lead the current Black Country Futures Project.

“When I joined the Community Matters Team in January, it was a bit daunting at first. But those feelings disappeared almost instantaneously when everyone made me feel so welcome and were so helpful.”
Project Officer Hemlata recalls. “It’s wonderful that we’ve managed to support each other through the quarantine; video calling and messaging when we can.
Here’s to the next three years as we continue to do what we do at A2B!”
"We've supported some wonderful clients over the course of our project and the team have played a massive role contributing to improving so many lives. I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication over the years.
Simon Moore
Community Matters Project Lead

What's New at A2B?

Do you want to start your own business? Need employment or health & wellbeing support?

Join our FREE Information Sessions to sign up and learn more about our FREE online programmes, courses and webinars.
Once you’re a client, feel free to browse our new and existing courses and get a head-start back to work and build your brand!

New Projects

Confidence Matters

If you're suffering from isolation and need a confidence boost - this is the place for you!

Confidence Matters is perfect for those who want to improve their levels of confidence, mental health and wellbeing.

As a series of workshops, the project is aimed to support individuals who are currently struggling with a lack of confidence due to the social restrictions of COVID-19. Coronavirus regulations have resulted in a lot of people suffering from the effects of loneliness, isolation, poor mental health, and depression.

With a mixture of 1:1 support and group sessions Confidence Matters covers a range of self-building activities to help combat any negative emotions – putting you in a healthier headspace.

Learn a variety of basic IT skills, understand the steps to handle stress, enjoy and experience confidence building games and crafts to help rebuild your social skills.

If you’re interested in joining this exciting new project, or just want to enquire for further information, call us for a chat on 01902 422421 or email Barbara at barbara@a2bos.co.uk

Client Achievements

OCR Entry Level 2: Congratulations, You've Passed!

Our hardworking learners have successfully passed their OCR exams!

We would like to congratulate 4 of our wonderful clients who have successfully passed their OCR Entry Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths! They studied hard for their exams during lockdown and attended their exams in late August. We are delighted that all 4 learners have enrolled onto our new OCR courses to continue their development in both subjects, so a big congratulations to you all on behalf of everyone as Access to Business.

It’s never too late! If you’ve been inspired by the success of our clients and would like the same success, call us on 01902 572 397 or email Simon Moore at simon@access2business.co.uk for more information.

Life on the Line: Fighting Loneliness & Isolation

Due to our Wolverhampton office being closed, Access to Business has launched a new project for clients to access digital support and fight feelings of isolation..
During normal times, we are able to invite clients to attend IT training at our premises in Wolverhampton, now with the lack of somewhere physical to attend to access digital support, it is leading to poor mental health, boredom, lack of motivation, loneliness and even depression.

Our new Life-On-Line project is supporting those in the community who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Large sections of the community are suffering from social/digital isolation, poor mental health, loneliness, depression and other problems as a result of being trapped in the home and unable to engage with other people.

Access to Business are challenging these issues by distributing IT tablets and data connectivity to people who have been affected. Participants learn how to use their tablets as we support them in accessing the internet, and engage via Zoom with friends & family.

It's fabulous that I have been given a tablet to use. I've received a lot of help to learn to use it - getting started is the hard part and but I now have the confidence to try something new.

Life on the Line Participant 1

I was struggling with anxiety and depression and with COVID-19 social isolation, my confidence had plummeted to a new low.
Having the new tablet will give me more confidence on using the internet. Just getting out and attending the classes makes all the difference.

Life on the Line Participant 2

I feel elated because i can see that you giving me this tablet and connectivity is going to help me socially and also my mental wellbeing.

Life on the Line Participant 3

MBI Visuals Ltd: Video Marketing Agency of the Year

We're absolutely delighted to share the news that former client Malakai Israel, founder of MBI Visuals Ltd has been named the Video Marketing Agency of the Year.

MBI Visuals has been presented with the prestigious Midlands Enterprise Award for Best Emerging Video Marketing Agency of 2020 in the 3rd Annual SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards.

The Midlands Enterprise Awards’ rewards the hardworking individuals and firms from the Midlands region for their innovation and excellence in their business practice, as well as their outstanding overall performance.

Malakai came along to a business start-up workshop under the ERDF RAISE programme. We wish Malakai and his team the very best of luck!

"We are so proud of this achievement and the new jobs that have been created in this industry!"

Malakai Israel - Founder of MBI Visuals LTD
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Crowdfunding: PlanItPro Business Improvement Tool

Congratulations to our RAISE client Juli Forrest for exceeding her target with her NatWest crowding funding campaign!

Back in October RAISE client, Juli Forrest launched a crowdfunding campaign for her business tool through the NatWest Back Her Business Fund.

Her product – PlanItPro – is a web app that businesses can use to support their planning and development, promoting overall improvement and growth. Through a step-by-step process, this app will help a business assess where it is currently and where it needs to be in the future, ‘gently’ reminding them to keep on track.

On 22nd October 2020, Juli’s campaign successfully raised £5,175 with 62 supporters in 35 days! Thank you to all who donated, and on behalf of Access to Business we wish Juli the best of luck with her endeavours.

If you liked to read more information on PlanItPro, click the link below and head over to Juli’s Back Her Business page.

"My vision is to develop a web app that businesses can use to support their planning and development and ultimately improvement and growth."

Juli Forrest - Founder of PlanITPro

Autumn Workshops: Raving Reviews

It's been a pleasure to host our special Autumn Workshops Offer for our Self-Employment clients. We wish you all the very best with your journeys!
Amanda
Self-Assessment Workshop
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Thank you for the opportunity to join the self-assessment workshop, it was timely and extremely useful.

Jim, from someone who does not like paperwork or numbers, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation - from the way you broke down the information, to the way you answered questions and gave valuable, non-judgmental advice, you made a potentially stress inducing subject incredibly easy to access and interesting. Thank you.

I would like to add, for anyone who hasn't already accessed this workshop - please do so. Whether you think you already know enough, think the information isn't relevant, or are scared it might be too difficult...just attend.
Time well spent, thank you.

"The session was very engaging and informative!"

Joy R. - Making the Most of LinkedIn

"Super helpful tips and great starting points to reinvent my profile. Thanks Kim & Auntie Carole!"

Nikki C. - Making the Most of LinkedIn

"Thanks Kim & Carol for a fantastic course! It has been very informative and has motivated me. Great!"

Tracey NS. - Making the Most of LinkedIn

"Goes into great detail, highlighting the strengths of LinkedIn. Very engaging and useful."

Henry W. - Making the Most of LinkedIn

"I enjoyed your presentation – it was engaging and informative as well as transparent and instructive.
I feel quite empowered and motivated to engage with the platform confidently. Thank you."

Amanda, Blue Canary Therapy - Making the Most of LinkedIn

Inspirational Stories

ring watches by designer Patricia Stanley

Patricia Stanley

Founded in Great Britain in 2020, Patricia Stanley jewellery and time rings, offer superior, innovative and unique designs for you to be proud to wear.

Nikki Cooper: Diamond's are a Girl's Best Friend

After departing from the Far East, Nikki is ready to promote her new jewelry brand.

“I had a long career in management within the global, private label FMCG fashion and gift sector in Hong Kong. I came to the UK after being made redundant in December 2019, and contacted Carole Taylor in June 2020 for help on my idea for creating a ring watch brand – Patricia Stanley Ltd.

Carole was incredibly supportive – listening to my all ideas, dream and concerns while offering great advice. I was later introduced to the wide variety of A2B courses for business start-ups, which I quickly enrolled on to start developing my brand and business knowledge.

After leaving such a stressful environment and the Far East, it’s been both useful and inspiring to speak to other workshop attendees and network with like-minded professionals – sharing ideas with people from all walks of life. Even in the Pandemic it’s been great to socialise.

Anyone who is unsure of how to achieve their dreams of self-employment should contact A2B immediately! Access to Business has helped me to with every aspect of the setup of my business – from finances and plans to importing goods and links to the Chamber.

Overall, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the charity – I’ve met strangers who have become like-minded friends and very much part of my new, necessary weekly social and business plans.”

"Please keep up the great work that you do and get everyone you know to follow me on Instagram! A million thanks to my “Auntie Caroles” - because I couldn’t have done it without you both!"

Nikki Cooper - Patricia Stanley Ltd

BRIDGES: Overcoming the Digital Barrier!

After a terrifying stroke, Michael has come back stronger and is ready to achieve his dreams

“‘Bridges has opened up a whole new world for me and brought it to my fingertips. This is so wonderful to have this tablet that will help me so much!’”

Lisa - BRIDGES Participant

It was all smiles (although behind masks) as Lisa and Jake were presented with their free tablets – Wi-Fi 4G routers with 15GB of data to help them overcome their digital barriers as they work towards their self-employment goals.
Access to Business is committed to tackling social isolation and digital exclusion. We’re involved with initiatives that enable the local community to engage with and access essential services and develop digital skills.

These are so crucial for economic growth, providing a gateway to jobs, progression, social inclusion and in the case of Lisa and Jake, self-employment. The Bridges team at Access to Business are always looking to identify different ways that can play a productive part in helping us to provide much needed support to the local community.

The digital support that we have been able to offer our wonderful participants has been extremely well received, in particular to those who believed that their personal circumstances would deny them the means, of which some of us take for granted, of achieving their individual potential and consequently their families from a positive future. Connectivity is certainly the key!
Especially amid the pandemic which has accelerated a shift towards both working and learning digitally.

“This is going to help me so much to gain the knowledge and information that I need to help me set up my own business.”

Jack - BRIDGES Participant

BRIDGES Participant Lisa and Senior Business Advisor and A2B Bridges Coordinator Lester Knight

BRIDGES Participant Jack and Senior Business Advisor and A2B Bridges Coordinator Lester Knight

Everyday is a Second Chance: Michael Hales

After a terrifying stroke, Michael has come back stronger and is ready to achieve his dreams

“‘Thank you so much - I can now say that I am my own boss!’”

Michael Hales - BRIDGES Participant

Michael was a busy person with a love for life and music in particular – performing as a drummer in a heavy rock band. His life was completely turned upside down when he suffered a massive stroke, leaving him with lasting mental health and mobility issues. Despite being in a dark place, Michael was determined to move forward on with his life.

With an idea centred on his interest for collectables and toys, he approached the A2B BRIDGES team to explore the possibility of self-employment. Unfortunately, the world was hit by COVID-19 forcing plans to be put on hold. With little to no IT skills, Michael was unable to access our core workshops online.

Thankfully, A2B were able to supply him with a tablet, internet access and IT workshops. Michael was able to work on his own business plan, after receiving word processing help from BRIDGES advisor Lester via telephone.

He was also able to alleviate his self-isolation by joining in with A2B`s online events.
He has since begun trading with his business ‘Junk & Disorderly.’

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Everyday is a Second Chance: A BRIDGES Case Study

From the army to construction, read how our BRIDGES participant built himself up from a rough patch.

“I was so nervous attending my first appointment – I almost cancelled.
Then I met Debra at A2B and she was so easy to talk to, and really listened to me. I know I rambled on but she just sat talking with me. Thank You for making me feel welcome.”

NR - BRIDGES Participant

‘I was so nervous today that I almost cancelled my appointment!’ These were the first words spoken by NR. Having experienced the harsh reality of the Military there were many obstacles to finding a future for NR – including PTSD.
He was extremely nervous about coming to Access to Business. Anxiety, stress and depression could trigger the PTSD at any time so a calm and comfortable environment was needed.
NR was greeted by Business Advisor Debra who sat and listened to his life story – good and bad. NR was very open about what he had experienced whilst on tour with the Army – and said he is still receiving support from the Military to help him move forward in life.

NR said that he felt that being self-employed may be a possibility, as he wouldn’t want to let anyone down. He said that the routine and discipline of being in the Army would carry him through life and help him to keep going. NR was able to attend the 3 core Bridges workshops – Business Planning, Marketing and Finance and really enjoyed learning what is involved in being self-employed. NR had some really BIG ideas, and having more understanding of how to go about it was definitely an eye opener for him.

By having regular contact with A2B, and being able to chat and ask for advice, it was seen that his confidence was growing – he became more relaxed and jovial. NR was a delight to speak to and was able to discuss his financial issues at the time.

He realised that employment may be a way forward to becoming self-employed in the future. Debra encouraged NR to search online, and to also speak to his Job Coach or Wolves@Work regarding vacancies. He had many skills and talents that would be transferable into any environment.
NR was very excited to inform us that he had secured a role in construction, with an excellent salary, and that he was grateful of the support given to him by Debra and A2B.

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A2B E-Newsletter: September Edition 2020

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.

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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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Global Virtual Learning Festival 2020

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Global Virtual Learning Festival 2020

Global Virtual Learning Festival in September 2020 invites cities from around the world to be a part of this exciting initiative! A global learning festival will unite learning communities across the world as we all face the challenges of COVID-19.

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The 2020 Global Learning Festival

During a globally challenging time, the Global Virtual Learning Festival seeks to provide unity and connection to communities all over the world. By participating in learning events on a wide variety of topics, across time zones and languages, you can experience first-hand the benefits that lifelong learning can bring to you, especially during uncertain times.

upcoming events

free Webinars

Access to Business will be offering four great webinars all FREE of charge, as part of the Global Learning Festival 2020 hosted by Wyndham & Melton City Council (Melbourne, Australia).
The festival will run from 1st – 4th September 2020 globally and will provide a variety of learning events, in an assortment of languages, across time zones, to celebrate unity and connection at such a globally challenging time.

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Money Matters

Tuesday, 1st September 2020 10:00 – 10:45 BST

Learn how to manage your finances, get hold of your annual budget, and shrink your bills!
This webinar will dive into how you can efficiently manage your personal finances, reduce your outgoing bills, and have a positive impact on your annual budget.

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Designing in Canva

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 10:00 – 10:45 BST

Perfect for beginners, this webinar provides a range of basic learning guides from using the best templates and uploading photos and logos, to designing business cards and flyers.
You’ll learn how to design professionally for your business and social media, cost effective and manageable for you.

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Essential ICT Skills For Beginners

Thursday 3rd September 2020 10:00 – 10:45 BST

Join us for a friendly session to build your IT confidence and learn essential ICT skills.
We’ve got a range of useful topics to cover: sending and receiving emails, attaching documents, staying safe online, job searching on websites such as Indeed, Totaljobs and more!

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Interview Skills

Friday, 4th September 2020 10:00 – 10:45 BST

Learn how to shine at the interview stage and make a memorable impression with the interviewer.
Establish what your potential employer is looking for, prepare strong answers and discover the secrets to shine through your interview.

Our Latest News

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A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020
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A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020

"I want to thank you all for the fantastic job

Kind Golf Tournament Winner Donates to Charity
25Nov

Kind Golf Tournament Winner Donates to Charity

Get all the clubs and golf balls at the ready!

Access to Business is the Wolverhampton based charity providing professional services supporting local people into employment and self-employment and also offering accredited and non-accredited training courses and office services for local businesses.

Contact

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Charity No:  1138761

Company No:  05084674

© 2019, Access to Business. All Rights Reserved

An Interview with Ross from RTVision

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An Interview with Ross from RTVision

One of our successful clients Ross Taylor of RTVision shares his self-employment journey with our very own Chair of Board,  Jackie Casey.

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Recorded in May 2020, Ross from RTVision talks about his experience in using the services of Access to Business in getting his business off the ground.

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For Further Information

For more information on our eBay courses call 01902 572 397 to see what you can do to better your business.

Do you want to be featured as a success story on our website? If you’re already an existing client with Access to Business ask your adviser for more details.

If you’d like to become a client with us and benefit from our wide range of services, book your place on one of our Information Sessions on our Online Training Courses page under Services, and find out which project is better suited for you!

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A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020
30Nov

A2B E-Newsletter: Autumn Edition 2020

"I want to thank you all for the fantastic job

Kind Golf Tournament Winner Donates to Charity
25Nov

Kind Golf Tournament Winner Donates to Charity

Get all the clubs and golf balls at the ready!

Access to Business is the Wolverhampton based charity providing professional services supporting local people into employment and self-employment and also offering accredited and non-accredited training courses and office services for local businesses.

Contact

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Charity No:  1138761

Company No:  05084674

© 2019, Access to Business. All Rights Reserved

Council Guidance on Business Grants Eligibility

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Council Guidance on Business Grants Eligibility

NEWS FROM WOLVERHAMPTON COUNCIL

Business Grants Eligibility

City of Wolverhampton Council will start sending letters and emails from Friday 27th March 2020 to the thousands of city businesses eligible to receive grants from the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

The communication will provide guidance about how to go online to provide information so that the following grants can be paid:

  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief, and have a rateable value of £15,000 or less

  • Grant funding of £10,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value of £15,000 or below

  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,999

The grant funding is expected to be with the council on April 1, 2020, at which point claims can start being paid.

Councillor Harman Banger, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Our small and medium businesses are critical to our local economy and we appreciate what a hugely challenging time this is for them.

“Our small and medium businesses are critical to our local economy and we appreciate what a hugely challenging time this is for them.

We are doing everything in our power to make the process of accessing these vital grants as smooth as possible and I would urge businesses to pay close to attention to the detail in the letter/email.

We have staff on hand to support with any help and advice businesses may need in completing their online applications.”

Councillor Harman Banger

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Cabinet Member for City Economy

A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England has also been announced by the Government.

Businesses who have been identified as potential recipients of the additional business rate relief measures will be excluded from the direct debit payment request for April 1, 2020.

The council’s Business Rates Team is also taking the following steps in relation to the recovery of business rates:

  • Suspending court action for recovery of business rates after March 19

  • Issuing reminder notices to encourage contact from businesses, so that we can understand their individual situation

  • Suspending the issue of new cases for enforcement agent action

  • Negotiating repayments where possible and/or agree to a hold in recovery action for a period where businesses are struggling

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, here at Access to Business we aim to continue to deliver many of our award winning employment, self-employment and training support services.

Our vital services are available via telephone, email, webinars and on-line training. Many of our programmes/courses will continue to offer support and we are accepting new referrals.

Please call Access to Business on 01902 572397 or email info@access2business.co.uk to access:

  • Employability Support

  • Support with Starting/Running Your Business

  • Online LIVE IT Training Webinars

  • Proper Interview Etiquette & Preparation

  • Jobsearching

  • Employability Support

  • Designing posters, business cards, birthday cards & more

  • Using spreadsheet (MS Excel)

  • Understanding how to use social media

  • Office Programmes

  • Web Analytics

  • Digital Skills for Career Growth

  • Programmes to support business growth

  • Online Safety

  • Accessing Public Services

  • Financial Budgeting Skills

  • Benefit Advice

  • Designing an App

  • And Much More!

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Call us on 01902 572397 or email info@access2business.co.uk to speak to one of our advisors for advice and guidance and to find out more about our online learning opportunities during this difficult time.

 

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International Women’s Day 2020!

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International Women's Day 2020!

Join like-minded women and learn from specialists how to begin and elevate YOUR business to the next level!

Time

10:00AM till 12:00PM

Venue

The Mayor's Parlour, Third Floor, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

Date

Thursday 12th March 2020

The Project Overview

About the Event

Are you a lady wanting to be self-employed or trying to grow your business?

Take the opportunity to join us on the 12th March to celebrate International Women’s Day for 2020!

An opportunity to speak with other like-minded women over light refreshments and hear from specialist advisers who can support and guide you every step of the way.

Learn more about our eBay training course, and benefit from our exciting women’s business support projects, including WEST , ROSE, and how to crowdfund for your business via the NatWest Back Her Business.

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Book Your Place

To reserve your place for this FREE event, please book through the Eventbrite link below by Monday 9th March 2020, as spaces will be limited.

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The event was sure to provide our attendees with the essential guidance to start and grow their businesses. 

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Access to Business was featured on ITV Central News to promote our new eBay training courses!

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It was great to welcome ITV News Correspondent Andy Bevan to Access to Business when he came along to film one of our eBay training sessions.

It's really exciting times for us to be part of the online business revolution with Black Country Small Businesses leading the way and Access to Business being the UK's first official Retail Revival eBay training centre!

Thank you to Andy (@andybevanitv) for including us in your ITV news report on Thursday 16th January 2020!

Call us to find out about our wide range of training services, employability support and guidance to set up your own business.

It was really lovely to have our Client,  Bal Samra join us for our ITV News filmed eBay training session.  Bal came along with some of her wonderful products that she will be selling on eBay as soon as she had completed her eBay training course with us. Great products Bal and we wish you every success with your fabulous business, Flamingo Events (Instagram: flamingo_events01).

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For more information on our eBay courses call 01902 572 397 to see what you can do to better your business.

Do you want to be featured as a success story on our website? If you’re already an existing client with Access to Business ask your adviser for more details.

If you’d like to become a client with us and benefit from our wide range of services, book your place on one of our Information Sessions and find out which project is better suited for you!

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Women's Enterprise Skills Training

The WEST Project

Access to Business is launching a new programme to support disadvantaged women in their efforts to start their own enterprises.

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The WEST Project

Access to Business have teamed up with NatWest Bank to support more women to start a business.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) Midland Project will see 200 women from across Wolverhampton and Dudley take part in a one-day workshop to get them thinking about business and build their confidence.

The project will also support women with coaching, mentoring and collaboration to help them succeed, and will be followed by monthly networking events to help them develop their business ideas further.

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The Project Details

West Enterprise Skills Training

The programme will cover subjects such as business budgeting, marketing and social media use, ensuring your business is legal, access to networking and business support organisations, and financing your business. 

Access to Business is partnering with NatWest for a session about crowdfunding and how this type of funding can benefit new businesses. Earlier this year NatWest launched its Back Her Business Crowdfunder which aims to assist female-led businesses in their crowdfunding efforts as part of the bank’s wider ambition to reduce the gender gap associated with women starting their own businesses.

It is hoped that by the end of the one-year programme, 20 new businesses will be created.

The first in a series of our WEST (Women’s Enterprise Skills Training) workshops highlighted the opportunities on how to raise money for a new business through crowdfunding via Back Her Business: 👉 natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk 

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If you are interested in the WEST Project please contact Carole Taylor on 01902 572398 or carole@access2business.co.uk

“The WEST programme is for women from all backgrounds. They may be struggling to find a job or are simply needing a bit of support to get their business going. They may be single parents or women with a lack of confidence for various reasons. We want to give them that confidence to take that next step and join the business world.”

“Access to Business is a fantastic charity that is doing some incredibly work across the Wolverhampton and the Black Country. The WEST programme is an exciting project that has been specifically designed to help women gain confidence and build new businesses which will no doubt benefit the communities they operate in. We are delighted to work with them as part of our Back Her Business Crowdfunder and look forward to seeing how these businesses develop.”

The Project Details

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For more information on the WEST project contact Carol Slater or Carol Taylor at Access to Business on 01902 572397, or alternatively email at carole@access2business.co.uk or carol.slater@access2business.co.uk.

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