Weekly Let's Talk Business Enewsletters

The Cheshire West and Chester Business Growth Team produce a weekly enewsletter which has the latest local business news, events and support programmes.

Below are previous editions (from April 2020 onwards).


April - June 2020 newsletters

April 2020

  • w/c 30 April - highlights the new 'CH' Community App along with details of Cheshire and Warrington COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • w/c 6 April - highlights an urgent call for businesses to provide their bank details for those who eligible for a business grant as part of a range of COVID-19 support.
  • w/c 13 April - highlights an urgent call for businesses to provide their bank details for those who eligible for a business grant as part of a range of COVID-19 support.
  • w/c 20 April - highlights a new Digital High Street Map for Chester along with some good news for online retailer The Stripes Company.
  • 22 April - special edition of newsletter highlighting time running out for eligible businesses to apply COVID business rate grants
  • w/c 27 April - highlights details of the new Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan scheme along with good news for Chester-based Intilery.

May 2020

  • w/c 4 May - highlights the announcement from government on the new discretionary business rates grant along with a good news story submitted by Northwich based, Flexim Instruments.
  • w/c 11 May - highlights a new Digital High Street Map for Chester along with some good news for online retailer The Stripes Company.
  • w/c 18 May - highlights the launch of Cheshire West and Chester Council's Discretionary Business Grant Scheme along with details of Marketing Cheshire's Retail Sector Webinar.
  • w/c 25 May - highlights the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme which has a closing date of Monday 1st June 2020 along with details of the next MDA Business Breakfast being held online.

June 2020

  • w/c 1 June - highlighting good news for Chester-based Rainham Industrial Services along with advice from Regulatory Services as businesses prepare for re-opening.
  • w/c 8 June - highlights good news for Chester-based fibre network provider ITS Technology Group (ITS) along with further advice as high street businesses prepare to reopen.
  • w/c 15 June - highlights our new Business Support Recovery Programme along with Cheshire West and Chester Council's Highway Services Review.
  • w/c 22 June - highlights Chester Northgate project along with more information about the Access 2 Finance and grant programme.  
  • w/c 29 June - highlights Cheshire West and Chester Council's Walk. Ride. Thrive campaign along with new Outbreak Management Plans launched by local Council's across Cheshire.


July - September 2020 newsletters


 July 2020

  • w/c 6 July - highlights the new SME Kickstart Fund along with Free Cycle Training being delivered by BikeRight!
  • w/c 20 July -  highlights a number of opportunities for businesses in terms of readiness for Brexit, and recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • w/c 27 July - highlights a new funding package to help small businesses along with details of how you can Volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser.

August 2020

  • w/c 3 August - highlights the new Recovery & Restructure Grant along with the Small Business Leadership Programme.
  • 5 August - special edition of the newsletter highlights new grant programme to support business to get back to work
  • w/c 10 August - highlights the new Green Homes Grant Scheme along with Free Online Training Courses being delivered by Coursera.
  • w/c 17 August - highlights the West Cheshire Chamber of Commerce are continuing to offer a series of Brexit Transition Export Briefings and  webinar on incentive payments that can be claimed as a result of hiring a new apprentice.
  • w/c 24 August - highlights the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce's quarterly business report survey and Chester's new Secret Garden hidden-away bar.
  • w/c 31 September - highlights the Kickstart Scheme and introduces new Chester BID Chair, Katrina Kerr.


September 2020

  • w/c 7 September - highlights the newly launched £4.4 million Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) project, Pledge Virtual Careers Expos and LEP Economic Summit on the 30th September.
  • w/c 14 September - highlights the incoming C&W COVID-19 Recovery Consultancy Support Grant, Broadband upgrade coming to Helsby and Start-up club being delivered by West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
  • w/c 21 September - highlights the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app, call for Government to support rural recovery and LEP Economic Summit on the 30th of September.
  • w/c 28 September - highlights WCNW Chamber's next Brexit export briefing taking place on the 6 October, an article about a study on how consumer behaviour changed during lockdown and new Delamere visitor centre opening


October - December 2020 newsletters


October 2020

  • w/c 5 October - sector-focused Brexit seminars announced, Northwich and Winsford virtual careers expo on the 14 October and Chester City Centre goes clockwise.
  • w/c 12 October - second round of SEIS closing soon, Cheshire West art venues receive vital Government funding and Northwich solicitors shortlisted for prestigious Family Law award.
  • w/c 19 October - Restructure grant Q&A, study ranks Cheshire West and Chester one of the best areas to work from home and Protos chosen for £20m plastic recycling plant.
  • 23 October (special edition of the newsletter) - Government unveils changes to winter COVID-19 support
  • w/c 26 October - Northern Employment Platform launches in response to COVID-19, Flip Out in Chester unveils £100k revamp and Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched this year’s budget consultation, called ‘Unprecedented Times’.

November 2020

  • w/c 2 November - one week left to prepare for Clockwise Chester, COVID-19 business support update and Chester to benefit from full fibre roll-out.
  • 9 November (special edition of the newsletter) - Cheshire West COVID-19 Financial Support for Businesses Grant.
  • w/c 9 November - Place North West Cheshire Development Conference on the 26 November, Chester BID launches Chester Gift Card and Ince-based 'Plastic Park' master plan revealed.
  • w/c 16 November - over £500k of COVID-relief grants distributed in first week, GISMO Surfaces and Coatings event on 27 November, Chester BID's first Professionals in Partnership event takes place.
  • w/c 23 November - Cheshire West returns to Tier 2 restrictions post-lockdown, WCNW Chamber's Start-up club in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Baron's Quay launches 'Project Merry'.
  • w/c 30 November - Chester Food Tours reopen, West Cheshire Women’s Network holding their final online event of the year on the 10 December and Ice-Cream Farm opens 'drive-through' Santa experience.

December 2020

  • w/c 7 December - Get Ready for Brexit update, COVID-19 support update and Tile Farm Off-Road invests in £50k expansion.
  • w/c 14 December - Kickstart Scheme news, businesses urged to apply for COVID grants and Electric scooter trial launching in Chester


January - March 2021 newsletters



January 2021

  • w/c 4 January - International trade support, skills survey and Government pledges £10mil towards Winsford town centre.
  • w/c 11 January - EU Exit events, £750m hydrogen production scheme announced for Stanlow and businesses help local schools and families by donating digital devices.
  • w/c 18 January - Online mental health course for SMEs, Chester BID launches independent start-up guide and traders sought for new Chester Market.
  • w/c 25 January - Chester Uni expansion plans set to advance, Chester restaurants recognised in new Michelin Guide and Mental health webinars for SMEs.

February 2021

  • w/c 1 February - Post-Brexit: Placing Goods on the Market and Protecting your Assets, Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing and Northwich BID urges businesses to access COVID-19 support.
  • w/c 8 February - Help stop the spread of COVID-19 at work, Chester named one the UK's leading shopping locations and Winsford-based manufacturer (Technoprint) considering expansion.
  • w/c 15 February - COVID-19 business support funding, Bitesize Session: Trade Documentation & Rules of Origin workshop and Essar and Fulcrum propose new waste-to-fuel facility.
  • w/c 22 February - Digital Marketing and Content Creation workshops, West Cheshire Women's Network meeting and Cheshire West leads the way to a green future.

March 2021

  • w/c 1 March - Best Franchise Awards recognise Pink Spaghetti, BeWILDerwood Cheshire announces opening date and Northwich Artisan Market announces return date.
  • w/c 8 March - COVID-19 vaccine webinar, Let's Talk Business Directory and Knowledge Hub launched and Cheshire Day: 30th March 2021.
  • w/c 15 March - The Trade Deal - The Operational Impact, New takeaway app 'ChesterEats' launches and Locals approve of plans for new Winsford venue.
  • w/c 22 March - Helping the hospitality sector to reopen safely, Tata announces plans for new Winnington plant and Partners selected for Dee House redevelopment.
  • w/c 29 March - Restart Grant Scheme Webinar.


April - June 2021 newsletters

 April 2021

  • w/c 5 April - Restart Grant Scheme Webinar
  • w/c 12 April - COVID Recovery Loan Scheme, UK Community Renewal Fund webinar and Enviroo given green light for £20m plastic recycling facility.
  • w/c 19 April - Cheshire West Employee Assistance Programme, Net Zero 2021 - North Wales & Mersey Dee conference and Plans approved for new Ellesmere Port start-up units.
  • w/c 26 April - New Chester Market, Reminder: Financial Support for Businesses and The Cheshire West Crowd created by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with Spacehive.

May 2021

  • w/c 3 May - Roberts Bakery seeks 70 seasonal staff, University of Liverpool: Virtual Engineering Centre and The Queen's Awards for Enterprise event.
  • w/c 10 May - Relocation of Winsford asymptomatic testing centre, Chester e-scooter trial set to expand and Elpida Sciences Swinton has signed a 10-year lease on 8,000 sq ft at Brickfield Business Centre on Manchester Road, east of the town centre.
  • w/c 17 May - Climate Emergency Taskforce, Consultation to launch on Winsford's future and New developers set to benefit from Townscape Heritage scheme.
  • w/c 24 May - Cheshire West businesses shortlisted at Made in the North West Awards, Tiger Trailers delivers sizeable order to new Belgian client and Winsford town centre consultation now live.
  • w/c 31 May - Peer Networks programme, Net Zero Carbon Growth webinar and BeWILDerwood Cheshire holds official launch event.

June 2021

  • w/c 7 June - COVID19 Roving Vaccination Clinics, Sykes fund Chester Zoo project and Join Warrington & Vale Royal College at their Find Your Match apprenticeship event to find out more information about apprenticeships.
  • w/c 14 June - Business Boost Grant Competition, A 135,000 sq ft Chester Business Park Site becomes avilable,  Northern Tech Awards, Itravel Staycation Awards and Cheshire West and Chester Council Support to Businesses during the EU Exit Transition Project
  • w/c 21 June - Local Charity CEO receives National Leadership Accolade, North West Sustainability Conference, Sandstone Ridge tipped for natural beauty protection, Restart Grant Deadline
  • w/c 28 June - Alcedo Wins Award, Government support on Electric Vehicles, Death By Tacos to open in City Centre, Encirc to cut Carbon Footprint

July - September 2021 newsletters

July 2021

  • w/c 5 July - Stellantis guarantees future of Ellesmere Port plant, Kickstart Gateway Q&A, Encirc aiming to create 200 jobs, Levelling Up Fund
  • w/c 12 July - Pitalia launches 50m investment fund, Supporting businesses to remain open following easing of restrictions, Cheshire Colleges Lecturer Development Programme, Consumer app aiming big after landmark deal
  • w/c 19 July - Sales up at Progroup, Entyce Creative selected for reopening campaign, Sykes Holiday Cottages Expands, Developer acquires 115 acre site within the proposed Winsford Station Quarter
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