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27 July 2016

Gloucestershire and West of England Business Bytesize - Issue 146

Have your say on West of England devolution

FSB members in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath have been invited to take part in an online consultation about the proposed devolution for the West of England area.

The three councils representing those areas have agreed to support the devolution package which will see £1 billion coming to the region over the next 30 years - all supervised by a new Metro Mayor.

The business consultation is now underway about the issues involved and if you would like to take part please go to West of England Devolution.

New cyber security centre to be built in Gloucestershire

Recent FSB research has shown that online attacks on small businesses are growing all the time with local SMEs facing large financial losses as well as great disruption to their businesses.

To help combat this the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has approved £3 million worth of funding from the Gloucestershire Growth Deal to be spent on a new cyber security training and conference centre in their county. For more details about the cyber security research.

Bath FSB chair joins national women’s taskforce

Congratulations go to Angela MacAusland, the chair of our FSB Bath branch, who has been chosen to be part of a national FSB taskforce to help women in enterprise. You can find out more about what is involved by following the links about this story in our Business Issues section below.

FSB members give £250 boost to charity

The Holly Hedge animal sanctuary in Bristol has been given a £250 charity donation as a result of collections at the Bristol and South Gloucestershire FSB breakfasts in recent months.

The animal sanctuary had been chosen as the charity to benefit from our regular collections on the door and their representative, Hannah Wozniak, attended last week's breakfast at the Kendleshire Golf Club to express her thanks to all the FSB members (and their non-FSB colleagues) who regularly attend the breakfasts.

In the forthcoming year the FSB South Gloucestershire breakfast will support the Blood Bikes charity which delivers blood and other medical samples around the country.

Post ‘Brexit’ media enquiries

At the weekend the local FSB team received the latest in a number of enquiries from media organisations about the effect on businesses of the recent vote to leave the EU. If you are a business in any part of our region that has been directly affected by the result of the vote – or expect to be – and you may be interested in helping us with any future media enquiries, if so please send an email to Sam Holliday.

FSB member discount to attend women's business conference

The Cheltenham-based Women's Business Club are to hold their next ‘Maximise’ conference in November – and have offered a £10 discount for FSB members to attend. You can find out what is happening at the conference by visiting Women’s Business Club and if you then decide you would like to sign up use promo code FSB to claim your £10 discount.

Breakfast networking events in Gloucestershire and Bristol in next eight days  

Our networking meeting series continues with two meeting in the next eight days. This Friday (July 29) our Gloucestershire meeting is at the Jurys Inn, Cheltenham, and you can book up for that one until 11am tomorrow by visiting here.

A week tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) we are back in Bristol for our Filwood Green Business Park meeting and to be part of that register here. Looking slightly further ahead the ‘booking office’ is now open for our next South Gloucestershire FSB meeting at the Kendleshire on Tuesday, August 16. Book for that one here.

Your local High Street needs your vote

The Great British High Street competition, designed to find the best streets packed with small, independent businesses, is now well under way so make sure you register your support for your community. This region has dozens of vibrant retail-orientated streets in its towns, villages and cities so this is a contest well worth getting involved with. If you’d like to know more please visit The Great British High Street.

Final call for Tewkesbury business breakfast meeting

Don’t forget if you are a Tewkesbury/Gloucestershire-based business you can join us tomorrow morning (Thursday) for a networking/business meeting as part of the Tewkesbury Business Breakfast Club at Theoc House in Barton Street.

The speaker will be Michaela Cozens from Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd (GEL) and it costs is just £5 including a breakfast thanks to FSB sponsorship. See Tewkesbury Business Breakfast Club for more information and to book.

See how FSB have campaigned on this issue