Chance for local businesses to get free advice on growing their business

A free event to help businesses to thrive in a difficult retail environment will be taking place at City Hall on Tuesday 16thJuly.

The event will focus on the key challenges and opportunities facing the UK retail sector and aims to help local businesses to plan for growth and learn about available business support, including funding opportunities, through the government’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

Organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Federation of Small Businesses, Growth Accelerator and Bristol City Council, the event is aimed at retail business owners, managers and marketing staff and takes place from 2pm to 4.30pm and is repeated between 7pm and 9.30pm.

Speakers include the Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, Paul Drabble from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and Ken Simpson from The Federation of Small Businesses.

Jason Thorne, Economy, Enterprise & Inclusion Co-ordinator for Bristol City Council said, “This is a great opportunity for businesses such as shops, market traders, bars and hairdressers to come and talk directly to retail experts, to find out about the main trends in retail, how to make more margin and learn about funding opportunities. It’s also a chance to speak to other businesses about what is working for them in this difficult retail environment.”

Paul Drabble, a fellow, chartered marketer and member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing said “Retailers are having a tough time at the moment but by keeping up with current trends and by knowing what customers want retailers can still experience growth. We want local businesses to be armed with the latest research and knowledge of all the support available to them to give them the best chance of making the most of their business.”

There will be an opportunity to ask questions, network with industry colleagues and view exhibition stands with information on relevant business support. The exhibition is open  between 4.30pm and 7pm.

Confirmed exhibitors include Bristol Blue Glass, Barclays Bank, Brightpearl, Bristol Pound, Osna Therapy Centre, Domino Risk Management, Costco Wholesale, Outset Bristol, Make More Margin, First Bus, BeepTreat, Your Street Gift Cards, Bristol City Council, Michelmores Lawyers, City of Bristol College, Business West, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Federation of Small Businesses and Growth Accelerator.

Businesses wanting to register for the event can do so via www.growyourretailbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk or email jason.thorne@bristol.gov.uk

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