Whether you are thinking about opening your business in Rugby, or have been trading in the town for a while, we hope that you find this page of information, contacts and networking groups useful.

Food delivery and takeaway guidance

If you have been inspired by La Casa Loco, Ninja Juice and Farmers Kitchen to set up your own food delivery and takeaway service, there are a number of key things to consider.

How to develop your menu / product range; the logistics of delivery and collection; contactless payment; staff training; health, safety and legal aspects of running a food business (particularly if you have not done so before) but there is plenty of advice to get you started.

NCASS  

Booker  

The Government  

Budget Announcement on Business Rates  

In addition to the 0.5% cut in interest rates, the Chancellor announced in the budget on 11 March that shops, bars, cinemas, restaurants and hotels – with a rateable value of less than £51,000 – would be exempt from liability for business rates for the next financial year.

For businesses with rateable values of between £12,500 and £51,000, it will lower their costs compared to the current year. However, even if businesses are included in this business rates ‘holiday’ they are still required to pay a BID levy as these are two separate items.

Business rates are set by the Government and collected by the local authority, whereas the BID levy is a local charge to businesses, agreed by ballot and spent locally on services for town centre businesses within the BID area.

Meeting Rooms

Whether you need a venue big enough for a conference or just a meeting room you can find it in Rugby town centre. We have a selection of locations, sizes and facilities to meet your business needs, some of which are detailed below.

In addition to hosting music and sports events, private celebrations and weddings, the historic Rugby School also has eleven venues that cater to up to 700 people for conferences and events. Atmospheric, historical buildings, manicured grounds and first-class facilities are the back drop to a bespoke event that the team can create for you. A full brochure is available from their website. https://www.rugbyschool.co.uk/commercial/events-venue-hire/conferences-celebrations

Oxygen Graphics has a bright space (pictured above) that comfortably accommodates up to 12 people above their design studio in Albert Street. With free Wi-Fi and a 42” screen the space is ideal for team meetings, brainstorming and training. The meeting room hire of £40 per half day and £75 per full day also includes hot and cold drinks from the coffee machine and mini fridge in the room.

Tailoring for self-employed individuals who need an ongoing office space and small groups of up to six people for meetings with more privacy than a coffee shop can offer, Draper Hinks has two rooms available to hire. Both rooms are quiet, airy spaces that are available for £20 per half day and £40 for a full day. The Regent Street location is at the heart of the town, with on street parking (metered) and Rugby train station is a 10 minute walk away.

Social Media Training

 

Independent town centre retailers in Rugby are being offered free social media training in a new initiative from Warwickshire Towns Network, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Warwickshire County Council.

Independent town centre retailers in Rugby are being offered free social media training in a new initiative from Warwickshire Towns Network, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Warwickshire County Council.

The first session is Instagram and Facebook on 29 January, followed by Experential Retail on 12 February and The Digital Future on 25 March. All will be delivered by marketing agency Stories Marketing and hosted at Oxygen Graphics in Albert Street, with each sessions running from 9.30am – 1pm.

Places are limited so register your interest at http://towncentres.eventbrite.com or call 024 7665 4321 (option 3) to book.

Useful Contacts

Our local government offices and agencies provide a variety of advice and support to business owners.

Networking

Rugby has a thriving network culture and here are just some of these business groups that you can join;


BNI

Business BUZZ

Coventry & Warwickshire PA Forum

Federation of Small Businesses

Socially Shared

The Athena Network