Ealing helps small business

Ealing Council is offering free business training to small businesses in Acton and Southall.

The council, together with retail specialists Vision On, has already been working with independent traders in other parts of the borough and around 30 businesses will graduate from the programme next month.

The Vision On team will hold sessions with traders to give them tools and tips in making a business even more successful. 

Argiros Agapiou, owner of The Golden Chip, in Boston Road, Hanwell, has recently taken part in the programme. He said: The sessions give you a different perspective, encouraging you to think of ways of making the shop look nicer that you may not have considered before. We didnt need to do much but the scheme has made a difference to us, I would certainly recommend other businesses to take part.

As part of the councils £15million town centre regeneration programme and commitment to local businesses it is also spending £1.6million to improve shopfronts. Businesses may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to 90% of the costs to improve their shopfront. The grants are available to independent businesses across Acton, Central Ealing, West Ealing, Hanwell and Southall.

Councillor David Millican, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: Ealing has great character and a lot of this is down to the wonderful local businesses we have in the borough. Traders have welcomed the training courses and shopfront grants and the council will continue to do all it can to help them boost trade and encourage people to shop locally.

SMEs should note the workshop programme designed specially for them within the Place West London conference on October 13. A programme of five practical, business-oriented seminars will deliver information on winning 2012 contracts, raising finance, growing revenues in recession, networking skills, and preparing for economic recovery. See the full SME programme.

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