Business Support

Travel Grants

Your workplace can apply for a ‘Sustainable Travel Grant’ from Milton Keynes Council to help implement measures that increase travel to your organisation by active and sustainable modes. The grants are available to businesses who can demonstrate how the funding will be used to encourage and enable their workforce to make positive changes to their travel behaviour. The grants, up to the value of £1,000, will support plans to encourage more people in Milton Keynes to walk, cycle, scoot or use public transport, building on the rise of greener, more environmentally friendly, people-powered journeys.

 

Find out more information go to the Get Around MK website or view the Get Around Business Leaflet.

MK Accelerator

Applications are now open for the new Milton Keynes Accelerator. A brand new programme sponsored by Milton Keynes Council and powered by Connected Places Catapult. Designed to support SMEs with innovative solutions which can improve connectivity, boost urban sustainability and solve some of the challenges Milton Keynes faces to becoming a leading sustainable city.

The Accelerator will be selecting 10 SMEs to join a 6 month programme providing an opportunity to work with strategic industry partners including Centre:MK and Socius Development.

Industry partners will play an active role in challenge setting, product validation and provide access to testing facilities and internal expertise. One of the main programme aims is to maximise commercial engagement, so selected SMEs will actively explore trial opportunities in testbed facilities owned and operated by the council.

For more information please visit the Catapault website

Applications close Sunday 24th April. 

SME Programme- Diamond Resilience

Entrepreneurs in Milton Keynes could receive a share of more than £100,000 worth of specialist training after MK Council launched its biggest ever support programme for small businesses.
MK Council has partnered with leading business groups to provide support and training to 100 small and medium size businesses. The programme will offer entrepreneurs practical support, including mentoring and coaching. Businesses can also get a voucher of £500 to cover support across legal, marketing and IT services among others.

 

For further information view the Diamond Resilience prospectus

To apply, please complete Diamond Resilience e-form

For any further questions, please contact enquiries@investmiltonkeynes.com

Milton Keynes Council and Cranfield School of Management are delighted to announce that they are working together to provide a wide-ranging scholarship programme to support the growth of local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Milton Keynes. This includes Ready for Scale and Ready for Net Zero Growth.

Ready for Scale 

Ready for Scale will support up to 40 micro and small enterprises to develop the skills needed to help their business take a leap forward on its growth trajectory. This 12-week online programme will follow a carefully developed methodology and will help smaller or earlier stage businesses to critically review themselves, assess their position and to work out what is and isn’t working.

Ready for Net Zero Growth 

Up to 50 SME businesses will be able to apply for scholarship places on Cranfield’s highly regarded Ready for Net Zero Growth programme – enabling them to understand their carbon footprint and why it matters, to make a plan to reduce emissions and reap the rewards of doing so as part of their growth strategy.

For more information about Ready for Scale and Ready for Net Zero Growth, please go to Cranfield's website.

The Future is Digital. Is Your Business Ready?

The University of Bedfordshire are running a fantastic event Productivity Escalator: The Future is Digital, which will provide useful tools and resources to help regional SMEs protect their businesses from online security risks, as well as cover relevant business support options available in the Milton Keynes area.

The event is scheduled for Monday 25th April, from 9am - 11am at the DoubleTree Hotel, Milton Keynes Stadium - with a Hybrid option for delegates to join remotely where needed.

For more information and joining instructions, follow link here to Eventbrite.

MK Council Employee Health and Wellbeing Offer

Browse the range of free health and wellbeing services available for your employees. For senior managers, wellbeing leads, health champions, team leaders, HR personnel and employees.

10th May 2022
GLP Marketing Suite, Fen St, MK, MK17 8EW. 

For more information on this, visit the Workplace Health and Wellbeing web page

 

Wolverton and Greenleys Business Association

Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council believes the relationships between local government and businesses have always been essential to securing and sustaining a business voice, allowing businesses to thrive. We want to reach out to local businesses by supporting the introduction of a new business association where businesses can network effectively with one another and have easy access to vital business services including advice, financial expertise and support.

If this is of interest to you or you would like to learn more, then please contact our Community Engagement and Projects Officer, Joe Quinn, for further details.

Tel: 01908 326800
Email: community@wolvertonandgreenleystowncouncil.gov.uk 

Domestic Abuse Training

Does your company provide training for Domestic Abuse? In partnership with Milton Keynes Council, MK Act now offer free training for employers and employees.

MK Act are urging companies in MK to ask their employers, HR and staff to attend their FREE Domestic Abuse workshops, developed for businesses of all shapes and sizes. The training is accessed as a video interactive workshop style webinar, which can be accessed across devices, such as tablets, desktops, and PCs. This training is to support public and private sector workplaces and organisations working in Milton Keynes to improve their response to domestic abuse.

Find out more about MK Act's domestic abuse training.

SkillsHub:MK 

SkillsHub:MK is an exciting incentive aimed at supporting all Milton Keynes businesses post pandemic by putting business needs at the heart of the curriculum. Discover how they help businesses to develop the skills and qualifications that you need to create a successful workforce. Using the SkillsHub:MK skills match service, bespoke training solutions will be designed that are centric to that business. Free to Milton Keynes businesses.

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to prepare your workforce for the future with FREE training in Digital and Leadership & Management skills. Developed exclusively for, and in consultation with, businesses in Milton Keynes, the courses are available until the end of April 2022.
From managing change to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, you’ll learn new leadership techniques and refine your skills too.
This is a great opportunity to develop the skills that you and your team need. Book now. Don’t miss out.


To find out more please go to the Skills Hub website.

Opportunities for Microsoft Accredited Qualifications  

Take advantage of an opportunity via South Central Institute of Technology to access funded online Microsoft accredited qualifications – usually up to £1,000 per student but free until the end of March 2022. There are courses available in: AI Fundamentals; Cloud Computing; Cloud Security; Data Fundamentals; Dynamics 365 and Power Platforms. All programmes are studied at a pace to suit you lasting on average 10 weeks – they can also be studied exclusively online.

Find out more at the South Central IOT website.