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West Berkshire Council to host free online Budget Briefing and surgery for businesses on 12 March

2021 - Budget Briefing Webinar

Issued on: 5 March 2021

West Berkshire Council is inviting local businesses to attend a free 30 minute online Budget Briefing session at 10am on Friday, 12 March 2021 as part of the Council's ongoing support for the local business community. This webinar will be followed by an online surgery with free private sessions for business owners or managers to discuss budget-related issues.

Both events are designed to provide useful tips and advice on financial support available and ways to benefit from the planned investments for the district's economic recovery in 2021/22.

The Budget Briefing will outline the key benefits for the business community contained within the recently announced 2021/22 national and local budgets from the Government and West Berkshire Council respectively. The webinar will also discuss the additional support that eligible businesses can expect to receive or apply for following the Government's funding announcements.

Cllr Lynne Doherty, Leader of the Council; Joseph Holmes, Executive Director; and Gabrielle Mancini, Economic Development Manager, will host the Budget Briefing webinar via Zoom.

Free tickets for the Budget Briefing webinar can be booked on:
https://westberks-gov-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NMRmSMnYT-K3BcZoxyvH3g  

Following on from the webinar, members from the Economic Development and Business Rates teams will host an online surgery from 10.30am to 11.30am. Individuals can book a 10 minute private appointment to discuss business rates and grants or other budget-related issues that may affect their own business.

To book a free, 10 minute private appointment, email: Gabrielle.Mancini@westberks.gov.uk

Cllr Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said:

"Our Budget Briefing webinar provides an opportunity for business owners to discuss how the Government and Council budgets will affect their businesses, and to ask any questions about the latest round of funding that is available. We are also keen to receive first-hand feedback on the support we offer businesses and what more we can do to help them get back on their feet.

"The surgery has been set up so that individual business owners can talk to our Council Officers in private about the contents of both budgets, and any challenges they feel they may encounter in the coming year.

"I'd encourage local businesses to sign up for the Budget Briefing webinar to learn more about our plans for the coming year and to book a surgery appointment if they need 1:1 support."

Event details
Date: Friday 12 March 2021

Budget Briefing Webinar
10am to 10.30am
Registration: https://westberks-gov-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NMRmSMnYT-K3BcZoxyvH3g   

Online surgery
10.30am to 11.30am
To book a private 10 minute slot email: Gabrielle.Mancini@westberks.gov.uk