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An organisation is now working in the heart of a town centre it was set up to promote, develop and support.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID) has become the latest tenant of Support Staffordshire’s community and voluntary sector hub at the historic Guildhall in Newcastle.

The BID – which was founded in 2015 after a ballot with local businesses and delivers a range of projects – is renting the first floor of the iconic landmark after moving from the Queen’s Gardens Business Centre, at the bottom of the Ironmarket, earlier this week.

THE RIGHT START: Committee and Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

This training is funded by Staffordshire County Council. To access this session for FREE you must be a member of Support Staffordshire or Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services. Support Staffordshire reserves the right to charge you for your booking if you are not a member.

100% of previous participants said they would recommend this course.  

Who should attend:

This session is aimed at new or existing committee members and trustees who would like to know more about their role and responsibilities.

Social Enterprise Start-Up programme & Grant.

Expressions of interest are being sought from Social Entrepreneurs who are starting or recently started a Social Enterprise in the Midlands. The programme, sponsored by Lloyds Bank is free to attend and comes with a grant of £1000.

The programme comprises 14 study sessions over a 12 month period from October 2019 to October 2020. The application window runs from February 2019 through to mid-April 2019 but interested parties can obtain an application pack and sign up for reminders by visiting


THE RIGHT START: Income Generation and Funding

Who should attend:

This session is aimed at both those new to the world of funding and those who simply need a refresher.


As the voluntary sector continues to face the hardship of funding cuts it is becoming increasingly necessary for community groups and organisations to generate and manage income from multiple sources. This introductory session will provide guidance to identify ways to maximise opportunities to generate additional income for organisations.

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Thrive at Work Wellbeing Trial

Thrive at Work is a new workplace wellbeing programme that supports and encourages employers to improve the health and wellbeing offer to their employees. There are limited spaces left for the pioneering Thrive at Work trial so don’t miss out, be part of over 100 SMEs in the West Midlands who have already signed up and reap the benefits!

Space in Newcastle

Do you need additional space in Newcastle-under-Lyme in which to deliver any of your activities or services? If so, Jill Norman at Support Staffordshire would love to hear from you. She is working with a group of local organisations on the future of The Guildhall in Newcastle-under-Lyme. In exploring possible usage of the building it would be very helpful to know if there are any voluntary and comunity groups who might be interested in using space there within the next 12 months or after that. This could be office space or meeting/ interview space, or room for an activity to take place.