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Our Open for Business newsletter is an e-newsletter that offers practical ideas, tailored advice, news and information to help start, grow, manage and run a business in South Cambridgeshire.

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Current news

CW will be providing evidence to the 'South Cambridgeshire District Council Brexit Advisory Group' on the impact of Brexit on the Cambridge economy. To represent the views of the local technology community accurately, they are asking their network a series of questions covering business opportunities, costs, regulation and recruitment.

The KEEP+ Programme is helping businesses develop new products or services in collaboration with universities and research institutes. The Programme is now also offering 'small value' and 'large value' grants for consultancy support and capital grants to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to develop innovative new products and services.

Through their Global Business Innovation Programme, Innovate UK is organising a space visit to Silicon Valley for businesses working in the space and satellite sector that are looking to innovate and grow internationally. The programme will enable successful applicants to meet investors in the sector and provide insight into the requirements of successfully doing business in the US market.

Delegates will have the opportunity to pitch venture capital companies and attend the SmallSat Symposium 2019 to meet with potential partners, investors and customers.

The visit will take place between 3rd and 8th February 2019.

Applications are required by 9am on 16th November 2018.

Free advice sessions for new and growing businesses

Would you like FREE advice and support to help start a new business?

Do you own or manage an existing business and think you’d benefit from advice and support to help it to grow?

If so, you could attend free one-to-one drop-in advice sessions at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices in Cambourne, designed to help to increase your chance of business success.

The advice and support is provided by David Scates a business adviser with Nwes, one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit enterprise agencies.

Sessions will last for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

The drop-in sessions will be held on the first and third Monday of every month at:
South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA.

Following the initial session, it may also be possible to enrol on a further programme of support which includes one-to-one advice sessions, workshops and networking events.

To book your place on a forthcoming drop-in session, please complete our online form, email David direct or call 0845 6099 991.

Upcoming events

A selection of upcoming events, workshops and training for businesses are listed below.

15 November 2018

Calling all farmers and suppliers to the agricultural industry, who are interested to find out what the future may bring! Barclays Eagle Labs are holding their first Agricultural AI Event in Cambridge to showcase some of the fantastic developments which are happening right now in the industry, and will continue to change farming practice in the future.

AI Frenzy 4.0

23 November 2018

ACTIVATE your sales, ENERGISE your team, MOVE up the Google rankings, PERFORM your best.
Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, East Cambs Business Boost 2018 will bring together over 200 local SMEs through networking, business exhibition and keynote speaker sessions.

East Cambridgeshire Business Boost

27 November 2018

Whether you are already involved in international trade or considering expanding into new markets, Global Business Network offers a unique informal environment to share experience and expertise.

This month they will be welcoming a representative from the Department for International Trade who will explain the documentation requirements when exporting to Turkey and how the EU and Turkey are linked by a Customs Union agreement, which came into force on 31 December 1995. 

Global Business Network: Trading with Turkey

28 November 2018

Your opportunity to meet and collaborate with Canadian companies

Cambridge Network has helped to arrange the half-day matchmaking event, which will be held at the Møller Centre in Cambridge.

Thirteen innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises from Alberta will participate in the symposium on Wednesday 28th November to meet potential R&D partners based in the UK.

The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research, as well as Innovate UK, will present the funding programmes available for UK and Albertan partners to fund the joint technology development projects.


If you are interested to find out about other training, workshops and events, there are plenty of other opportunities in the Greater Cambridge area. These can be found on the following websites and in our Open For Business newsletter.

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