Midlands Engine Calling at Rail Live 2017

Rail Live takes place on 21st – 22nd June 2017 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon and is one of the largest outdoor rail exhibitions in Europe, offering companies a unique opportunity to showcase products and services in a real rail setting.

Register to attend here http://mailchi.mp/railalliance/qoa6iuo1dp-2984801 and visit us on the Midlands Engine Rail stand BZ3.

Midlands Engine Calling at Rail Live 2017 was last updated on June 19, 2017.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Business Support Expo – Fri 30th June

Join leading businesses and support organisations over breakfast and enjoy the excellent views and facilities afforded by Nuneaton Golf Course.

Out keynote speaker from Nuneaton's MIRA Technology Park will be talking about Japanese engineering consultancy HORIBA-MIRA's exciting future plans, including the further expansion of MIRA Technology Park and its plans for a new skills centre.

We're also bringing together the local business support supply chain, covering everything from business start-up, business growth, grants and loans, support for innovation and green initiatives.

This is a free event.

For more information and to register for the event, please click HERE

Nuneaton & Bedworth Business Support Expo – Fri 30th June was last updated on May 18, 2017.

Event: Building a local community for profit – Thu 25th May

Matt Ewer helps businesses owners increase their profits and improve their lifestyles. In this workshop, Matt will be focusing on your geographically closest network: the other businesses in your local area.

Are you wondering how you can work with other local businesses and achieve better results for all?

Matt will be looking at:

  • How to identify and build strategic alliances – your own hand-picked sales and support team
  • The best ways to network – meeting talented people and building relationships with them
  • How to leverage the expertise of key contacts – you are as strong as the alliances you build

Come along to Arnold House and get the benefit of Matt’s experience in working with businesses of all sizes. There will be plenty of ideas to get you thinking, expand your vision and useful tips you can start implementing right away.

Rugby DRIVE is all about bringing businesses closer so that everyone benefits.

With the help of this workshop, you can start to build the foundations of stronger local alliances.

For more information on tickets, click HERE

Event: Building a local community for profit – Thu 25th May was last updated on May 4, 2017.

{code}AOKE – Leamington Spa – 03 May – FREE

{code}AOKE is an open mic night for technical people.

Imagine a Karaoke Night, but instead of singing, technical people take to the mic to share ideas, code, or ask for help. Then imagine this happening in a speakeasy full of other like-minded technical folk. This is {code}AOKE.

Fun and informal, like Karaoke, you can sign up on the night if you would like to talk, or have been inspired by one of the other speaks. But you are equally welcome if you would like to sit quietly at the back and listen.

For more information on this free event please visit the Eventbrite page HERE

{code}AOKE – Leamington Spa – 03 May – FREE was last updated on May 2, 2017.

FSB Expert in Business Awards 2017 – 21st June

EVENT: FSB Expert in Business Awards 2017


Entries for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Experts in Business Awards 2017 for firms based in Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull are now open! This is an opportunity for you to shout about your successes. The awards are open to businesses of all stages - from new start-ups to established firms. Entering the awards couldn't be easier - download a simple application form which asks for information about your business - a subject you will know like the back of your hand!


Winning an FSB Expert in Business Award says a huge amount about you and your business. It's a great way to showcase your achievements and celebrate the work you do. The accolade allows your business to stand out from the crowd and makes your marketing budget stretch a whole lot further, here's how:

-        Enhancing your reputation

-        Motivating your staff

-        Provides you with the recognition your business deserves

-        Raises your business and personal profile

-        Winning new business and growing profitability

-        Strengthening relationships with customers and clients

-        Builds awareness and trust across your marketplace

-        Defines quality and performance standards

-        Helps differentiate you from your competitors


The deadline for the awards is 21st June 2017 and the best three applicants will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony on Friday 14th July 2017 at 12pm at Warwick University.


Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to all businesses based in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

For the purpose of these awards a small business is a sole trader or a private partnership/limited company with less than 250 employees.

The candidate entrepreneur must be a current equity shareholder in the company and either have been involved in its start-up or be able to show that their personal involvement since acquiring an equity share has contributed to demonstrable growth and evolution in the business.

There are no limitations in regard to the age of the business.

The comments made on your application form should be accurate to the best of your knowledge.

The Judges' panel will be made up of 3 representatives from the FSB Regional Committee.

The Judges' decision is final

Entrants must be available for consultation with the judges should the need arise

By entering the awards you agree to partake in publicity for the awards

Supporting marketing material is welcome

FSB Expert in Business Awards 2017 – 21st June was last updated on April 20, 2017.

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Outlook Breakfast – 25th April

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce latest quarterly economic survey resulted in over 400 Coventry and Warwickshire SME's contributing invaluable local data. The British Chambers of Commerce survey is the flagship economic survey for the UK and receives over 8500 respondents each quarter - working with Warwickshire County Council the Chamber have analysed and formatted the results for the C & W region.

They will be holding a briefing at Mallory Court, Leamington Spa on 25th April - please see agenda below and link to the booking site if you or your colleagues would like to attend the discussion.

Join the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber for breakfast to hear how our region is shaping up during this time of great movement - Brexit, WMCA, Midlands Engine, HS2 - all key drivers in our region.

Topics covered will be:

Skills and recruitment, investment plans for capital expenditure and training, Coventry & Warwickshire productivity levels, business growth areas, access to finance and grants.

This is a must attend briefing for those involved with driving their businesses forward and looking to make informed intelligence based growth decisions.


8.00am - 8.30am - Networking with breakfast served in the Atrium

8:30am - 9:30am - Presentations from:

Louise Bennett CEO - Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber -  Having your say and why QES is important to the region.

David Ayton Hill - Head Of Economy & Skills Warwickshire County Council - How is the economy shaping up over the next 3-6 months.

Sean Farnell -  Board Member of CWLEP and Partner at Burgis & Bullock - What are the sectors in our region saying about business growth and the economy.

Barrie Kilfeather - Regional Director Santander - Financing business growth via Trade finance, grants and access to finance

9.30am - 10.00am - Questions to the panel & feedback from attendees on their view of the regional outlook.

Finance Directors, CEO's, Accountants, Financial Service Providers, Business Owners and Managers will be particularly welcome as we value your input and comments on our findings.