Buckinghamshire Business First is now present at Westcott to support businesses

11/01/23 | Park News

Buckinghamshire Business First has been supporting local businesses across the county for more than a decade – and now we’re right here at Westcott every week to meet and support you in person.

If you’re not yet familiar with what we offer, here’s the key idea: knowing what support is available for your business can be a complex puzzle and it’s not always clear which way to turn for help.

At Buckinghamshire Business First, we make it our job to understand all the support that is available for businesses in the county, and we then join the dots for what is relevant for your business – thus saving you hours of trawling the web!

As the central information and support hub for all businesses in Buckinghamshire, we provide knowledge, support and opportunities for growth thanks to our teams of experienced Business Advisers, supported by businesses in our BBF community, partners and local authorities.

That means that whether you’re looking to innovate, improve workforce skills, grow your business, recruit, become more sustainable or get connected with fellow business owners, we’re here to help with fully-funded, connected business support.

What we’ve delivered for businesses

In the last 15 years, we have awarded more than £10 million in grants to businesses at the coalface, helped businesses to create over 2,500 jobs through our grant and project activity, and helped them safeguard thousands more jobs. We have also funded sustainability projects that have helped businesses save 1.2 million tonnes of CO2e.

We have a great team of 50 people proudly supporting the whole of our beautiful county with advice, grants, networking and a whole lot more.

Nobody knows how tough running a business is quite like those that have done it themselves. Our Business Advisers have experience of running their own businesses that they bring to their discussions and ideas for your business, so you can be confident the advice is coming from a knowledgeable place.

Meet our Westcott-based specialist Business Advisers

We want to introduce two members of our team to you - John Browning, our Workforce Skills Manager, and Russell Wood, one of our Business Advisers.

Based at Westcott one day a week, these business support specialists will be on-hand to provide face-to-face information and support.

John and Russell will be on-site on Tuesdays – sometimes both of them will be here, sometimes it will be one of them. They will soon be doing the rounds to introduce themselves to companies at Westcott, so don’t be surprised to see their friendly faces pop in and say hello!

You can also arrange a specific time for one or both to visit you at your premises for a chat about the support we have available to you and to help tackle any specific challenges or opportunities you face.

When they’re not visiting companies on-site, John and Russell will be based at either the Incubation Hub or Building 330 (see the below chart for dates and locations). So please feel free to pop by to see them throughout the day on a Tuesday. You can arrange this in advance too, so you don’t miss each other.

To learn more about this support, or to arrange a visit from John and/or Russell, contact them directly via the below details:

Uniting as Team Bucks!

When you engage with Buckinghamshire Business First, you not only benefit from our support, but you also become part of a vibrant Buckinghamshire business community.

By joining thousands of other local businesses benefiting from our bespoke business programmes, tailored advice and guidance and a whole host of topical events, you can:

  • improve your business
  • build new networks and collaboration groups
  • benefit from experienced mentors
  • develop workforce skills and offer apprenticeships
  • reduce your carbon footprint
  • use our unique Virtual Adviser tool

Get in touch with John and/or Russell

Remember that you can contact John and Russell directly to arrange a date and time to talk, whether you want them to stop by at yours, or if you want to drop-in to see them at the Incubation Hub or Building 330.

See the upcoming dates and locations below, and:

Date                            John                Russell                                            

17/01/2023                 Inc. Hub           B330   

24/01/2023                 B330               

07/02/2023                 Inc. Hub                      

14/02/2023                 B330                B330

21/02/2023                 Inc. Hub                      

28/02/2023                 B330                Inc. Hub

07/03/2023                 Inc. Hub                      

14/03/2023                 B330                B330

21/03/2023                 Inc. Hub                      

28/03/2023                 B330                Inc. Hub

04/04/2023                 Inc. Hub

For more support from Buckinghamshire Business First, call 01494 927130, email BusinessSupport@bbf.uk.com or visit www.bbf.uk.com.


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