Business Week

A programme of in-person and online events.

City of Wolverhampton Business Breakfast

City of Wolverhampton Business Breakfast

Date: Thursday 29 September, 8am – 11am
Venue: Grand Station, Grand Hall, Sun Street, Wolverhampton WV10 0BF
Who is it for? Ambitious businesses interested in the opportunities to invest, relocate and grow in City of Wolverhampton

Now in its 9th year, this is one of the most highly anticipated events in the region’s business calendar.

Hear from an impressive line-up of panel members who will discuss what levelling up means to the city’s businesses and stakeholders; how bids such as the City Learning Quarter, Green Innovation Corridor and Health and Regeneration programme will accelerate growth; the opportunities being created through the National Centre for Sustainable Construction and how the city is investing in its people’s jobs and skills. This event is hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with The Business Desk.


Free Advice for Business Start-up's

Date: Monday 26 September, 1pm - 5pm
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? Entrepreneurs and business start up’s looking for a range of advice

Details: IGNITE is the city's new business and enterprise hub for new business start-up and pre-start support for those who are looking to become self-employed. IGNITE can also offer business support to trading businesses within the city.

At this drop in event held at IGNITE, expert support will be on hand from Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the region’s leading support organisation. Azets, from their Wolverhampton office, will offer specialised accountancy support services and Wolverhampton charity Access to Business, will be offering general advice and direction on how to set up a business, legal responsibilities and marketing options. This event is led by Black Country Chamber of Commerce, supported by Azets, Access to Business and City of Wolverhampton Council.


Thinking of becoming your own boss?

Date: Monday 26 September, 10am – 1pm and Thursday 29 September, 10am – 1pm
Venue: Access to Business, 81 Tempest Street, Wolverhampton WV2 1AA
Who is it for: Entrepreneurs looking to start a business

These free drop-in sessions with a qualified business advisor held at Access to Business will offer advice to entrepreneurs on how to start on their journey to self-employment, covering general advice and direction on how to set up a business & legal responsibilities and marketing options. New businesses are also welcome to receive advice and support to help them to establish. This event is hosted by Access to Business.


Meet the Supplier

Date: Tuesday 27 September, 8.30am – 11:00am and 10.30am - 1pm (two sessions)
Venue: WV1 Bar at Molineux Stadium, Stan Cullis Stand, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR
Who is it for: City businesses looking to secure new contracts

Details: Local businesses are invited to come along to this event for the opportunity to meet with procurement teams from City of Wolverhampton Council, University of Wolverhampton and other public bodies and commercial partners who are leading key regeneration projects in our city including Wates, Rubix and Lovells. Business will have the opportunity to present their business, find out about tender processes and ask questions. The Federation of Small Businesses and Wolverhampton Black Business Network will also be in attendance offering advice and guidance about submitting tenders and contract management. Businesses will also be able to register their business details in the new Wolverhampton Business Directory. This event is led by City of Wolverhampton Council with support from city partners. The Wolverhampton Pound initiative is a key priority for the city, its focus is to drive local spend and benefits for businesses in Wolverhampton.


Introduction to Business Finance

Date: Tuesday 27 September, 10am – 11.30am
Venue: Online webinar
Who is it for? Entrepreneurs wanting to understand the basics of business finance

This free webinar will introduce entrepreneurs to the basics of business finance including a Personal Survival Budget, Business Survival Budget, pricing, sales forecast and cashflow forecast. This event is hosted by Access to Business.

Register by email: info@access2business.co.uk or call 01902 572397.


Innovation Workshop for Start-ups

Date: Tuesday 27 September, 11am – 1pm
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for: Businesses looking to innovate

Details: Looking for new ideas to help grow your business? This taster workshop hosted Sandwell College’s Fab Lab is for anyone who wishes to innovate themselves or develop exciting new products or services to take to market. Interested participants will also have the opportunity to join Fab Lab’s Innovation Architect Programme, to access further training, consulting and technology on an ongoing basis. This event is led by Black Country Chamber of Commerce.


Virtual Reality for Commerce

Date: Tuesday 27 September, 1pm – 4pm
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for: Businesses looking to find out about Virtual Reality

Details: In this workshop hosted by Sandwell College’s Fab Lab, you’ll get to experience the incredible world of Virtual Reality - and how you can use this exciting technology to market your business immersively inside new worlds and environments. You’ll see how VR can be used for meetings, team activities - and even training. Fab Lab will also share with you the different types of VR apps and headsets available for businesses. This event is led by Black Country Chamber of Commerce.


Let’s Talk Low Carbon

Date: Wednesday 28 September, 8am – 10am
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? Local businesses who want to know more about meeting net zero national targets

Details: Hear about the council’s commitment to low carbon and what it’s doing to make a difference; hear from local companies Wintech and Fablink, and from City of Wolverhampton College and the University of Wolverhampton on the role they are playing in reducing carbon emissions and the assets and resources available to businesses. Limited tickets available. This event is hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council with support from City of Wolverhampton College, University of Wolverhampton, Wintech and Fablink.


IGNITE Your Business Growth Potential

Date: Wednesday 28 September, 12.30pm – 2pm
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? Small to medium businesses in Wolverhampton looking to invest or expand

Details: City of Wolverhampton Council and colleagues from NatWest will share ideas and tips about planning for business growth, including the importance of cash flow and forecasting. For those businesses looking to invest or expand, this workshop will provide an overview of the key aspects of a growth plan including business finance, staff development, market development, marketing, and sales forecasts. This event is hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council with support from NatWest.


Jobs Fair

Date: Wednesday 28 September, 11am – 2pm
Venue: Youth Employment Hub, The Way Youth Zone, School Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0NR
Who is it for? Residents aged 16-29 looking for employment opportunities

Wolverhampton residents aged 16-29 are invited to attend and meet employers with live vacancies and find out about employment opportunities. People with learning and physical disabilities are encouraged to come along and meet inclusive employers and training providers. This event is hosted by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and City of Wolverhampton Council. Businesses who are interested in taking part in the event should email Jayne Hart at recruitment@wolverhampton.gov.uk.


How to Rank Your Business at The Top on Google

Date: Wednesday 28 September, 10am – 11.30am
Venue: Online webinar
Who is it for? Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to get to the top in Google search results

This free webinar will introduce entrepreneurs and business owners to techniques how to rank their business at the top on google: including how to claim your business profile, complete a Google My Business listing, optimize your listing and much more! This event is hosted by Access to Business.

Register by email: info@access2business.co.uk or call 01902 572397.


Black Country Digital Festival

Date: Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September, 9.45am – 4pm
Venue: Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology, Zoological Drive, Dudley DY1 4AL
Who is it for? Businesses looking to supercharge the business through digitalisation but not sure where to start

This free 2-day event, open to qualifying SME’s in the Black Country region, will help businesses discover the transformational benefits of digital technologies to drive efficiencies and growth. The events will be interactive, and designed to inspire and equip business owners and those interested in accelerating tech in their business, with the skills and knowledge to apply a range of tech solutions. This event is hosted by West Midlands 5G (WM5G).


Rainbow City

Date: Wednesday 28 September, 3pm – 5pm
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? This event is by invitation only

Over the past few years, City of Wolverhampton Council has been on a journey, exploring what equality, diversity and inclusion means not only to us as an organisation but to our wider communities. We listen to our citizens about how our city can be more welcoming and inclusive. Rainbow City is first and foremost a celebration of our city’s commitment to the values of equality, diversity and inclusivity which aims, through a number of positive steps, to ensure that we treat all of our citizens with fairness, dignity and respect. Hear from from the Rainbow City Project Board (including City of Wolverhampton Council and Enjoy Wolverhampton BID) about What is Rainbow City, what does Rainbow City mean for businesses and what does Rainbow City offer you? This event is led by City of Wolverhampton Council.

The event is by invitation only. If you are a businesses who would like to find out more, please email Kieran.simpson3@wolverhampton.gov.uk


London Real Estate Forum

Date: 28-29 September
Venue: Barbican Centre, London
Who is it for: Industry leaders in public sector, government, investment and business communities driving sustainable investment and development in cities

Details: Wolverhampton is leading the way in creating a construction industry based on sustainability and modern methods. The city has been named in the Levelling Up White Paper as one of the first of 20 places that demonstrate strong local leadership and ambition, where the impact of existing investment can be maximised to catalyse economic transformation. It is becoming an international centre for the sector with the new National Brownfield Institute enhancing the University of Wolverhampton’s built environment Springfield Campus, where future construction as a key research theme underpin their courses.

Programmed as part of Wolverhampton Business Week, the roundtable at the London Real Estate Forum, will investigate the changes being made in the industry to promote awareness, funding and research, uptake of new, sustainable methods of construction, MMC and green skills, and the effect this can have on the built environment’s contribution to the Net Zero agenda.


Doing Business with Amazon

Date: Thursday 29 September, 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? Businesses looking to start or improve online selling practices

Details: AMZ Train are designers, importers, and online sellers, selling multiple products on Amazon, eBay and other online platforms. Using their 6 years' experience of selling on Amazon, AMZ Train will be sharing knowledge and expertise to help businesses convert ideas to products, identify products to sell, and further understand the profits that could be made from selling on Amazon. Businesses will benefit from either being able to start selling online, and/or improve online selling practices to gain a better return on investment (ROI). This event is hosted by Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Amz Train.


Official Opening – National Brownfield Institute

Date: Friday 30 September
Venue: National Brownfield Institute, Springfield Campus, Grimstone Street, Wolverhampton WV10 0JR
Who is it for: This event is by invitation only

The official opening of the innovative new brownfield Research & Development facility at University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Construction Super Campus is by invitation only. This event is hosted by University of Wolverhampton.

If employers/businesses would like to arrange a separate visit to the site please contact Paul Davies - P.Davies3@wlv.ac.uk or Janet Bayley - J.Bayley2@wlv.ac.uk - the University can provide support, at no cost to the business, with access to the facilities at the NBI.


Digital Marketing – online selling, video and branding

Date: Friday 30 September, 10am – 11.30am
Venue: IGNITE, i10, Railway Drive, Interchange, Wolverhampton WV1 1LH
Who is it for? Small businesses looking for a masterclass in digital marketing

If you’re looking to improve your digital marketing then this event is a must! Through 3 x mini sessions businesses will learn how to create video content for your business hosted by Stone's Throw Media; Explore SEO, Google ads and website best practices hosted by Digital D; and hear about the importance of branding, with tips and considerations along with some handy checklists hosted by TP Squared. Book now as tickets are limited. This event is led by The Creative Chain.


Introduction to Selling Online

Date: Friday 30 September, 11am – 12.30pm
Venue: Online webinar
Who is it for?
Beginners and budding entrepreneurs

This free webinar will introduce beginners and ‘budding’ entrepreneurs to selling online techniques. Selling products online is more popular than ever, find out about creating effective listings, product photo`s pro tips, pricing your products, time, space, money and cash flow, after sales & customer service and more. This event is hosted by Access to Business.

Register by email: info@access2business.co.uk or call 01902 572397.


Wolves At Work 18-24 Drop in Sessions

Date: Various dates and times
Venue: Various city centre locations
Who is it for? Young residents aged 18-24 looking for work

Young Wolverhampton residents aged 18-24 looking for work, training and employment related support such as help with CV’s, are encouraged to drop in and speak to the friendly Wolves At Work team at one of their regular city centre drop in sessions. There’s no need to register, just drop in! These events are hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council.