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Businesses in Richmond upon Thames offered free programmes of support to boost the local economy

25 May 2022

Richmond Council has expanded its business support programme to boost the local economy, provide businesses with new skills, and improve business networking within the borough.

The new programme builds on the success of The Phoenix Enterprise Programme, which offered free business support to start-ups and early-stage growth businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of the programme supported 800 local businesses.

Now, The Phoenix Enterprise Programme 2.0 is taking business support to a whole new level and is offering businesses in Richmond upon Thames five new support programmes for free:

  1. A programme for those wishing to start a business
  2. A mentorship programme for existing businesses that want to scale to new heights
  3. A recruitment and staff management programme for the hospitality and leisure sector to help the sector attract and retain the best staff on the market
  4. A digital skills programme to boost eCommerce and online marketing
  5. A creative programme to connect all creatives in Richmond upon Thames

These five programmes will run until February 2023, giving businesses plenty of opportunity to get involved, build new connections, and increase success.

You can find out more about each support programme and apply on the dedicated website. Anyone on the programme is also invited to the Phoenix Enterprise Awards in December 2022, where participants can enter to win an award.

Ray Lavery, a Director of CPG Executive Consulting, which is rolling out the programme, said:

“We are thrilled to again be supporting Richmond upon Thames businesses. The response to last year’s programme was phenomenal and we cannot wait to serve the people of Richmond upon Thames and accelerate progress. No one ever needs to feel alone in business.” 

Cllr Phil Giesler, Richmond Council’s Lead Member for Business and Growth, said:

“It is a challenging time right now for small businesses. Many are still experiencing uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic and are now faced with the national cost of living crisis.

“This administration is committed to supporting local businesses, and The Phoenix Enterprise Programme 2.0 is a fantastic opportunity to access advice and networking opportunities for free.” 

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Updated: 25 May 2022

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