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Free Advice for Rural Businesses

Rural businesses in Oxfordshire are facing a tough time. Research* shows 30% of small and medium sized rural firms expect turnover to decrease in the next 12 months, compared with 25% of small and medium sized urban companies.

Rural areas contain a higher proportion of small businesses which are particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in costs for energy, fertiliser and fuel. To help guide and support them through this challenging time, Business Link is running a series of free half-day workshops for rural businesses in Oxfordshire at Worton Park, Cassington.

These workshops will offer advice on negotiating the planning process, outline any grant opportunities that may be available to businesses, and demonstrate how it is possible to cut energy costs by making use of sustainable resources.

Yvonne Wright, Worton Farms Ltd said: "Worton Farms are pleased to be hosting Business Link’s workshops at Worton Park. We recognise their important role in supporting small businesses in Oxfordshire and wish them every success."

Workshops run from 9.30am – 12.30pm with networking afterwards; lunch is included and is locally-sourced and organic wherever possible.

12th May - Earth, Wind & Fire, Profiting from Alternative Energy
28th May - Business Diversification and Possible Grant Opportunities
4th June - Prepare to Meet Thy Planner!

For more information and to book your place please visit www.ruralbookings.co.uk or call 0845 600 9 006

Posted : 08/05/2009 18:33:45

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