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King’s Lynn part of £592,000 project to provide free training for businesses

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Lynn has joined a half-of-a-million pounds project to provide free training for businesses.

Launched yesterday, Onwards Norfolk has been set up by three Norfolk Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) after they successfully secured £500,000 of funding through the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund.

The three Norfolk BIDs (Norwich BID, King’s Lynn BID, and Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership) have collectively added £92,000 to this funding, bringing the total value of the project to £592,000.

King's Lynn BID logo.
King's Lynn BID logo.

The support includes a range of different training and accredited courses across four exciting projects, available to Norfolk businesses from January-June as they recover from the impact of Covid-19.

From food handling qualifications to digital marketing for SMEs and making businesses greener, the ‘Onwards’ initiative offers a wealth of opportunities to help teams, with all costs fully covered.

The four projects are – 1. Hospitality & Leisure Training.

Onwards will help hospitality and leisure businesses – as well as individuals looking to retrain within this sector - by providing free sector-specific training courses. These free courses are aimed at local businesses looking to improve their staff’s skillset, or to individuals seeking employment or setting up their own business in the sector. These courses range from Employment Law and Customer Service, to accredited Food Safety training as well as Personal Licencing.

2. Digital & Media Skills Training.

This innovative programme equips businesses with the digital skills they need to adapt in an ever-changing marketplace following the impact of Covid-19, from social media to email. Businesses can choose to take the courses face-to-face, online or on-demand, at a pace that suits them.

3. Net Zero Waste Champions.

This project is set to help businesses achieve Net Zero Waste status. Businesses will be supported in creating Net Zero Waste strategies and delivery plans, which in turn could help businesses reduce costs, attract new customers, and minimise their impact on the planet.

4. Business Support Hubs and Pop-Up Trading Spaces.

Business Support Hubs have been set up in each of the three Norfolk areas, to hold training and networking events as well as provide businesses with the opportunity to seek one-to-one advice and support through drop-in opportunities.

Vicky Etheridge.
Vicky Etheridge.

Lynn will be providing pop-up opportunities to support local traders. These will be available for people wanting to test the market with a new business/product, business owners who are already thriving online but wish to start trading face-to-face, or established businesses looking to trade in a more central location. The town will also be providing appropriate spaces for individuals to access business support and advice, plus digital skills training opportunities.

The three Norfolk BIDs are partnering with Digital Remit (for media & digital skills training), Night Time Economy Solutions (for hospitality & leisure training) and Groundwork East (for Net Zero Waste).

Vicky Etheridge, King’s Lynn BID manager, said: “Securing the funding and launching Onwards Norfolk is a great achievement for the Norfolk BIDs, it shows how important Town Centre economies and communities are as a focus for renewal and development.

“This is a great opportunity for small businesses in our town to update their skills and capacity, to boost their online offer and to start on the journey to becoming a zero-waste business. We will also be using this funding to kickstart our Pop-up offer in King's Lynn Town Centre.”

June Davenport, sustainable business service, delivery manager at Groundwork East said: "We're thrilled to be working on this project to help the BIDs across Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, and Norwich to reduce their waste."

SMEs in Norfolk can head to onwardsnorfolk.co.uk to find out more and to book onto the free courses. Training will be available until June 2022.

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