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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

Skills training for employees

Fully funded bespoke training for employers and their employees is available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough.

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme run by Serco focuses on upskilling employees in the following key priority sectors:

  • Agriculture & Food
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • IT & Digital
  • Health & Social Care
  • Construction

The training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Training could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.

Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.

Support for business to employ apprentices

The new Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship Service (GCAPPS) supports companies who are looking to employ apprentices. The service will support any type of apprenticeship but especially in the much sought after STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice, Cambridge Regional College will support you by helping you to establish how your skills gaps could be filled with apprentices, to find the right training provider, and to understand charges, grants and other considerations.

Procurement workshops

South Cambridgeshire District Council is offering workshops that will provide a chance for local businesses to:

  • Talk to our Procurement Officer
  • Hear from him what makes a good tender
  • Understand how social value can add value
  • Work through our forms to help you to successfully quote for work in future

 If you would like to attend our next workshop on 27 November 2019 let us know at

Upcoming events

Thinking about self-employment?

11 November 2019

Are you thinking about self-employment? Are you 18-30 years old? The Prince's Trust has a limited number of FREE places on its 2-day Enterprise courses, which are all about exploring starting your own business.  

To find out more, you can book on one of their “Information Sessions”, where you can find out about:

  • Free 2-day business start training
  • Help with market research and writing a business plan
  • Free mentoring support for 2 years
  • Low-interest start-up loans
  • Information, advice and guidance

The next information session is taking place in Cambridge Central Library, on Monday 11th November. To book your place text ‘Enterprise’ to 07786 381624 or email or

#FSBConnect Cambridge Networking

19 November 2019

Join fellow business owners and entrepreneurs over hot drinks and pastries in a friendly, informal environment at Chesterton Bowls Club in Cambridge. Guest speaker this month will be Nuno Soares, Managing Director of Clear IT Solutions.

Attendees will each be given a minute to promote their business and hear others do the same, all in a supportive, unpressured environment.

Location: Chesterton Bowls Club, Logan Way, Cambridge, CB4 1BL

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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