Information for current, new and potential business within Wolverhampton. This includes business rates, training and opportunities.

Coronavirus Support and Guidance
For support and guidance including Government Grants, Testing for Businesses, Environmental Health support and how to become COVID Compliant please visit Coronavirus - Support for Businesses.

Wolves in Business, a local economy support package. We’re making millions of pounds of grant payments available and are developing new measures in partnership with business groups across the city.

We’re determined to keep Wolverhampton’s business community vibrant and resilient by being on the side of our local businesses, their employees and those who are self-employed.

What we do - through 50 examples

We may be a small team but like our small business community we believe we have made a big impact. We hope this booklet gives a flavour of what we can do; and how we have adapted through the pandemic to ensure our support is tailored to the changing needs of the business community. Working together we continue to have a big impact on the Wolverhampton economy.

Small Business - Big Impact Issue 4

Upcoming Workshops

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Workshop

Date: September 22, 2022
Location: Wolverhampton Science Park, Coxwell Ave, Wolverhampton WV10 9RU

The topic for our next networking breakfast workshop is Digital Marketing to be held on the 22nd September at Wolverhampton Science Park.

This interactive workshop delivered by Google Garage should help you review your digital awareness, adoption and use; help you understand the digital strengths or weaknesses in your business; and provide a better insight to current and future digital opportunities.

Book your place

IGNITE your business growth

IGNITE

Date: September 28, 2022
Location: IGNITE Hub at i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, WV11LH

As part of Wolverhampton Business Week you are invited to join us at lunchtime on the 28th September to view first-hand the facilities of the new IGNITE Business Hub in the city, network with business colleagues, and hear about the key components of financially managing your business growth from local experts including colleagues from NatWest.

IGNITE (Innovate, Grow, Navigate, Ideas, Technology, Entrepreneurship) is a FREE to use business workspace and start-up centre to help encourage co-working. Located in ground floor units 3 and 4 of the i10 office and retail complex at the heart of Wolverhampton city centre’s transport Interchange, IGNITE provides entrepreneurs, business start-ups, established growing SMEs, students and graduates with FREE bookable and drop-in workspaces, resources and business support.

IGNITE is a City of Wolverhampton Council-led project, supported by the University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Chamber of Commerce, designed to join up the business support infrastructure across the city. It was developed to reimagine what a modern co-habiting workspace should be, providing businesses and start-ups an ideal city centre location to develop, collaborate and grow.

Book your place

Advice & Guidance
Employment and Workforce Development

These are unprecedented times for us all, however we are committed to continue to provide the best support we can to businesses and jobseekers. We are here to help you plan your current and future workforce needs as you navigate the current COVID-19 situation. Our consultancy services are fully funded and over 600 businesses have accessed the support in the last three years.

Wolves at Work business services are ready and available to offer support to businesses looking for assistance on the following:

  • Recruitment - we can advertise and promote your vacancies and assist with sourcing new talent through the highly successful Wolves at Work project
  • Redundancy support
  • Advice on upskilling your workforce to meet future business needs
  • Information on the Job Retention Scheme and links to training for furloughed staff
  • Useful connections to further business support

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for recruitment or workforce support: recruitment@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Or call the Business Support line: 01902 290242 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday or from 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays

Useful links

Job Retention Scheme
Claim for wages through the coronavirus job retention scheme.

It will allow you to retain your staff and ensure your business can resume quickly when re-growth occurs.

There are also several useful websites to further explain the support available to businesses and their employees:

A useful tool for further support are the following webinars on employment topics:

Useful links

Black Country-specific advice and support for businesses is available through the Black Country Growth Hub.

The Federation of Small Businesses has also published guidance on what you can do to protect your business and employees.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce have also published a number of interpretative and advice documents on the Government support schemes.

Guidance for food businesses reopening and adapting their businesses during COVID-19 can be found on the Trade with Confidence website.

The University of Wolverhampton Business School has a range of courses for managers and a dedicated COVID-19 Business Support Hub.

Relight Business Support Newsletter

Issue 20 - September 16, 2022

Read Issue 20 here

Issue 19 - August 31, 2022

Read Issue 19 here

Issue 18 - July 6, 2022

Read Issue 18 here

Contact us

Anyone wishing to discuss any aspect of business support should share brief details of the business and the enquiry to the following email: business.development@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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