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17
May
News Article
New group set to boost Oswestry by delivering key projects

A new group has been set up to review the priorities within Oswestry’s 2020 Neighbourhood Plan and to help deliver activities and projects that will benefit the town, its residents and its businesses.

Made up of representatives from Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID) the Future Oswestry Group held its inception meeting on 2 May [2019] at the town’s Guildhall.

The group will help to deliver each organisation’s activities and projects through working more closely together.

Key members of the group include: Councillor Steve Charmley and Councillor Robert Macey representing Shropshire Council; Councillor Chris Schofield and Councillor Sandy Best representing Oswestry Town Council; and Adele Nightingale and Ian Follington representing the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID). Support is provided by officers from Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council.

Regular meetings will be held for the group, which will now look to agree its aims and objectives, and develop a programme of activities.

Councillor Steve Charmley, deputy leader of Shropshire Council and Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“This new group is great news for Oswestry. Our first meeting was really positive and by meeting on a regular basis we’ll be able to ensure that we all work together for the benefit of Oswestry, and all who live,  work  or run a business in the town.”

Adele Nightingale, Oswestry BID manager said:

“The BID sees this as a great opportunity to work with both Shropshire and Oswestry Town councils, to ensure a joined up and co-ordinated approach for the future of Oswestry. We are very keen to deliver projects in the short and medium-term whilst always considering the longer term plans. Exciting times are ahead for Oswestry!”

Councillor Sandy Best from Oswestry Town Council, said:

“This was a positive meeting and the Town Council looks forward to working with Shropshire Council and the BID to develop and deliver projects that will make a tangible difference in the town. It is important that the

[Source: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2019/05/new-group-set-to-boost-oswestry-by-delivering-key-projects/]

10
May
News Article
Summary Minutes/April 2019

To download Summary Minutes for March 201, click here.

09
May
News Article
BID Open Meeting – Notes

On Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, Oswestry BID held and Open Meeting at the Wynnstay Hotel with the purpose to:

  • Outline Progress in Year 1
  • Discuss Plans for Year 2 and Beyond
  • Respond To Any Questions
  • Take On Board Any Ideas and Comments On How To Better Serve Our Levy Payers

Our thanks to everyone that came along and took part!

CLINK LINK to see an overview and record of the evening.

09
May
News Article
Business Rates – Retails Discount scheme

“In the Autumn Budget on 29 October 2018, the Government announced that it will provide for a business rates Retails Discount scheme in each of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years. 

The value of the discount will be one third of the bill after any other reliefs have been applied.”

[Source: Shropshire Council]

READ MORE.

16
Apr
News Article
Download our Spring Newsletter

For all the latest new and updates on BID Projects, see our latest newsletter.

16
Apr
News Article
Summary Minutes/March 2019

To download Summary Minutes for March 2019, click here.

15
Apr
News Article
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15
Apr
News Article
The Business Growth Programme 2 has launched

MoneyWe are delighted to announce that the new £23.5 million Business Growth Programme 2 (BGP2)has launched and the first funding round is open for applications. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 1st May 2019.

BGP2 offers grants of £2,500 – £1,000,000 and is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and help businesses grow. The programme is available to:

Start-Up B2B* Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) moving into or located in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area only
Existing B2B* SMEs moving into or located in The Greater Birmingham & Solihull and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership areas
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, BGP2 builds on the successful delivery of the £33m Business Growth Programme which closed in December 2018.

*B2B = Business to Business

You can find our more about the new programme via the BGP2 website.
Check the BGP2 eligibility criteria here
For more information please contact the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire – marchesgrowthub@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01743 250526 .

15
Apr
News Article
TRAINING IN OSWESTRY: Creating video media with Smart Devices by Marches Growth Hub.

WHEN: Thu, 18 April 2019, 09:15 – 11:45 BSTWHERE: Aico, Mile End Business Park, Oswestry, SY10 8NN
FULL DETAILS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-video-media-with-smart-devices-tickets-58586404513
INFO: *Open to SMEs only*
Come along to the workshop to learn how to create quick-fire, low budget content of your own for social media and sales presentations, using just a mobile phone
Creating your own videos for your business can be hugely beneficial. A large part of the rapid rise in the popularity of online video is the recent advances in technology, which mean that making your own video content has never been easier.
Our hosts, Stone’s Throw Media, will provide video training that caters for different levels of innovation, from shooting on phones to advising companies on what pieces of equipment they might want to consider investing in to create fantastic videos such as:
Testimonial videos from clients• Internal videos• Case study videos• Event highlights• Interview videos

08
Apr
News Article
Oswestry Town Council’s Floral Decoration Scheme 2019

If you’re a local business in town, and would like to get involved with the hanging basket scheme, please CLICK TO READ the letter and submission form.