Bradford Council in partnership with business support firm Insight with Passion is offering a range of free workshops for small businesses in Ilkley and across the Bradford district to help them to innovate and thrive in the current challenging trading conditions.
Managers and staff from local customer-facing businesses in retail and hospitality can attend free online workshops which will help them adapt to online trading, deliver excellent customer service and understand how to brand their business effectively.
The workshops which run from 3 February to 17 March, are offered under the council’s Bradford Microbusiness Support programme which aims to help local businesses become more resilient and encourage greater collaboration between firms.
Since March, Bradford Council and its partners have been working very hard to support local firms and protect jobs.
The authority has offered free grants and support advice through Invest in Bradford and have processed and paid thousands of local business support grants.
The council has paid £124m to almost 11,000 local businesses via the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business grants. This is the third highest of any council in England.
A further £6.9m of Local Authority Discretionary Grant funds has been paid to 639 businesses - the second highest in England.
The authority has paid over £7.5m in Local Restrictions Grants to local rate paying businesses which have been forced to close.
The council is currently receiving applications from the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant.
The workshops and mentoring calls will be booked via www.mybusinessbradford.info.
Workshop 1 – Managing Your Small Business Finances, Wednesday 3 February 2pm - 3.15pm
Workshop 2 - Survive and Thrive, Wednesday 10 February 2pm - 3.15pm
Workshop 3 – Take Your Business Online Part 1, Wednesday 17 February 2pm – 3.15pm
Workshop 4 – Take Your Business Online Part 2, Wednesday 24 February 2pm – 3.15pm
Workshop 5 – Service Excellence, Wednesday 3 March 2pm – 3.15pm
Workshop 6 – Tell Your Brand Story, Wednesday 10 March 2pm – 3.15pm
Workshop 7 – The Importance of Collaboration & Community, Wednesday 17 March 2pm – 3.15pm