‘Netwalking’ scheme to support small UK firms

SMALL Business Britain and British Telecom are launching a series of small business networking walks to boost local connections, opportunities, resilience, and mental health.

The “Netwalks” programme in 10 communities across the UK, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland will bring small business owners together for hour-long group strolls — and finish with drinks at local cafés. Digital skills mentors will represent BT and provide advice on business strategy, cybersecurity, revenue streams and collaboration.

The walks aim to provide an opportunity to take a break, meet peers, and spark connections. It’s hoped that they can break the isolation many business owners face.

Getting out in the fresh air and having a chat with like-minded people can help reduce stress and create new opportunities, says Michelle Ovens, founder of Small Business Britain. “Creating connected communities during these turbulent economic times is vital,” she said.

The Netwalks project is launching across communities including Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Derby, Edinburgh, Grimsby, Hay-on-Wye, Leighton Buzzard, Manchester, and London.

Chris Sims, MD of small and medium enterprise at BT, says studies show that a fifth of small business owners feel “behind the times” and 16 percent feel “stressed” about their digital skills. “These walks provide a collaborative atmosphere for small business owners to network and share knowledge,” he says, “ultimately driving growth.”

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