Welcome from leader of the council Cllr Izzi Seccombe
Hello everybody and welcome to the November edition of Warwickshire Means Business.
This is a very exciting time for the region as we look forward to the first Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival which begins on Monday November 20th.
It promises to be a fantastic showcase for our business community. Looking through the huge range of events in the itinerary just reminds me once again of the amazing range and excellence of skills and expertise in our county.
The Festival will provide visitors with abundant opportunities to network and find out exactly what's going on, both in your sector and in others. It is also a great chance to learn all about offers and grants from various organisations which could assist you - a chance to make contacts which could materially benefit your business.
I would urge everybody to get involved and attend as many Festival events as possible - especially, of course, those that Warwickshire County Council has arranged!
The Warwickshire Food & Drink Event at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 22nd November has a mouth-watering menu of exhibitors as well as a varied list of speakers as part of an educational programme.
Also that day, the Future of Gaming will be debated at our event in the Pump Rooms in Leamington, the heart of Silicon Spa.
I am sure that the inaugural Festival will be a great success and that many local businesses will benefit as a direct result. It will, I am sure, become a stand-out annual event in the region's business calendar.
Warwickshire County Council's work to support businesses large and small in all sectors throughout the county goes on day-in day-out, of course, and in this edition of Warwickshire Means Business, you will find examples of SMEs which are flourishing with our help.
Jo Williams at Joco and Dan Tsor from Cotswolds Distillery already possessed the enterprise, the skills and the appetite for hard work that you need to make an SME succeed. Our Economy & Skills team and partner organisations were able to offer tailored support to point them in the right directions to make them grow.
Our Economy & Skills team itself contains a great range of skills, knowledge and contacts - and they are at your disposal here! Please do have a look at our complete guide to the finance and grants available.
As this is the last Warwickshire Means Business of 2017 may I wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.