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22 June 2016

Gloucestershire and West of England Business Bytesize - Issue 142

Could this help you with the EU question?

The big EU vote takes place tomorrow (Thursday) and if you are still undecided which way to vote, then perhaps seeing the FSB’s recent national debate may help? The FSB invited leading speakers from both sides to look at the key issues facing small businesses and you can see how they fared and follow the whole debate by visiting

Auto enrolment event for the Forest of Dean

If you want to know more about auto enrolment and taking your staff into the nationally mandated workplace pensions scheme then an FSB event at the end of this month may help.  

The FSB’s Forest of Dean team have organised an event at the Sixteen Café in Coleford on Thursday, June 30, on auto enrolment which is open to FSB members and non-members alike.

Book your place for this free evening event here. The FSB also has its own dedicated workplace pensions programme exclusively for FSB members – find out more at FSB Workplace Pensions.

Free Cirencester event on cybercrime

The important subject of cybercrime and how it affects all businesses will be the theme of a free breakfast seminar held in Cirencester early next month. Barclays Bank will be hosting the event at the Kings Head hotel in Market Place on Friday, July 8, which will feature talks by three experts on cybercrime including a representative from the police’s Regional Cybercrime unit.

The event is free to attend and if you would like to go please contact your business manager (if you're a Barclays customer) or email Philip Williams.

Wanted: FSB members interested in helping schools 

The West of England LEP are working alongside the National Careers Service and the Careers and Enterprise Company to try and help businesses connect with local schools and education providers to inspire young people about the world of work and starting their own business.

The Careers and Enterprise company are specifically looking for individuals willing to provide strategic direction to local schools to create powerful connections between local business and education providers.

You can find out more here. The National Careers Service meanwhile is looking to bring employers into schools and colleges to inspire young people as part of the national Inspiration Agenda. For more details on this please contact Marie Howard or the Inspiring South West NCS.

Join us at the South West Business Expo

FSB members from this region have been invited to pop across the Wiltshire border to visit the FSB-backed South West Business Expo which takes place at the Steam Museum, Swindon, on Thursday, June 30.

The day-long free event includes a number of exhibitors and workshops with the FSB sponsoring one of the workshops on the subject of auto enrolment.  With plenty of other sessions to attend - including a fast and furious speed networking session – it looks like being an event worth attending. Interested? See South West Business Expo for more details

Could you build your social enterprise business?

If your business is a social enterprise one you may be interested in a day-long free event taking place next week called the Social Business Club and Insight event. The meeting, held at Matter and Co in Avon Street, Bristol, is headed ‘Building a Brilliant Social Business’ and it takes place on Thursday, June 30, from 9.30 to 4.30.

You only have until tomorrow (Thursday) so don't hesitate, sign up to be part of it here.

Final call for Cotswolds/Gloucestershire networking event 

There is still time (just!) to sign up for Friday’s FSB Gloucestershire networking breakfast in Stow-on-the-Wold and the beautiful Wyck Hill House and Hotel.

It runs from 7.30 on Friday so to be part of it sign up here before 10am tomorrow (Thursday). Our next breakfast after that is in South Bristol at the Filwood Business Park on Thursday, July 7. Register to take part here

Have you signed up yet to enter the ‘Small Biz 100’?

The Small Business Saturday team are looking for local businesses to feature in their ‘Small Biz 100’ campaign ahead of the big day itself later this year.

If you are chosen to be part of the ‘Small Biz 100’  your firm will be featured locally and nationally for one day leading up to Small Business Saturday but the deadline to apply is getting close so don’t miss out. Go to Small Business Saturday before June 30 to apply.

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