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West Midlands Gigafactory, the largest in the UK, to secure the British automotive industry's long-term electric future

Published on Thursday, 21 October 2021

A public/private joint venture between the Council and Coventry Airport Ltd, today unveiled further plans to develop the UK’s largest battery Gigafactory as it explores investment opportunities with battery manufacturers from around the globe.

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Company wins new historic accommodation contract

Published on Wednesday, 29 September 2021

The team behind Coombe Abbey Hotel has been appointed by Historic Coventry Trust to operate some of the city’s most ancient buildings as visitor accommodation boosting the city’s visitor economy.

Coventry City Food Businesses are reminded that Natasha’s Law comes into force this Friday 1 October 2021

Published on Tuesday, 28 September 2021

On 1 October 2021, the law on allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change.

New lease will protect rugby club and support sports in the community

Published on Monday, 20 September 2021

Councillors are to meet to discuss granting Coventry RFC a new 250-year lease on the Butts Park Arena which will allow the club to continue its development plans and help safeguard the long-term future of the club.

Council set to act to support the ‘future of the motor industry’

Published on Friday, 17 September 2021

The City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

From the left, Cllr Jim O’Boyle (Coventry City Council), Tom Marren (Coventry Scale Company), Kierandeep Bal (Coventry City Council) and Gary Thyeson (CWLEP Growth Hub)

Coventry weighing company moves to new premises

Published on Monday, 13 September 2021

A Coventry weighing company is tipping the balance in its favour for further success after a grant helped with its growth plans.

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Coventry business developing 3D animations to help opticians

Published on Thursday, 26 August 2021

An electronic consent platform using 3D animations which will help ophthalmologists and optometrists save time and resources is being developed by a Coventry business after receiving a grant.

Additional Restrictions Grant funding application window now open for businesses

Published on Monday, 16 August 2021

Round 4 (New Applicants) of the Additional Restrictions Grant funding has opened to businesses who have not yet applied for ARG support.


Plans submitted for West Midlands Gigafactory

Published on Thursday, 15 July 2021

A planning application for a Gigafactory at Coventry Airport has been submitted by joint venture partners, Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd.


Major new venue set to launch in Coventry

Published on Tuesday, 01 June 2021

Delicious street food, music, craft beer and fabulous cocktails will mark the launch of Coventry’s first permanent indoor street food venue.


Frasers Group confirmed to take former BHS site in Coventry

Published on Thursday, 27 May 2021

Today (27 May) it has been announced that Frasers Group plc are confirmed to take over the former BHS building in Coventry City Centre.

CSW COVID Business Pledge

Published on Monday, 17 May 2021

As England takes the next step on the roadmap out of lockdown, councils are urging businesses to sign up to their business pledge to show they’re doing the right things to be COVID safe.

Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub.

Coventry and Warwickshire business support as the lockdown eases

Published on Friday, 14 May 2021

A leading finance provider, business support organisations, local authorities and district and borough councils in Coventry and Warwickshire have joined together to offer support to businesses. 

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West Midlands Gigafactory moves step closer with launch of public consultation

Published on Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Proposals for a Gigafactory at Coventry Airport have accelerated today following the launch of a public consultation.

Coventry business engraves new chapter after investment

Published on Wednesday, 21 April 2021

A well-known Coventry business is engraving a new chapter in its history by diversifying into new markets after investing in a new machine.

COVID Business Pledge goes live

Published on Wednesday, 14 April 2021

A new initiative has gone live this week to help Coventry businesses show they are doing the right things to be COVID safe for customers and staff.

Reopening the city centre safely

Published on Friday, 09 April 2021

Coventry City Council has issued advice to all city centre business to help them reopen safely when restrictions ease on Monday (12 April).

Justine Chadwick of the CWLEP Growth Hub

Six-figure investment and new staff for Coventry business

Published on Wednesday, 07 April 2021

An innovative engineering software consultancy in Coventry is investing a six-figure sum and recruiting new staff following a government scheme after receiving help from a business support group.

CSW COVID Business Pledge launched

Published on Thursday, 18 March 2021

Coventry City, Solihull and Warwickshire County councils are launching a Business Pledge for all businesses, including shops and hospitality, to help reassure staff and customers that businesses and venues here are operating in a COVID secure manner.

Council set to act to secure top hotel for city

Published on Monday, 01 March 2021

Coventry City Council is set to agree a loan to fund a hotel development in the city centre and help drive the city’s recovery from the pandemic.

Local organisations invited to take part in a dynamic and innovative showcase

Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Coventry City Council and its strategic partners are inviting regional transport innovators to take part in a yearlong programme of activities designed to showcase the latest developments in transport and technology the city and region has to offer.

Final days to enter first Coventry & Warwickshire food and drink awards

Published on Thursday, 14 January 2021

Rising to the challenges of the pandemic is at the heart of three special awards for businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Caption: From the left, Andrei Feraru (Feraru Dynamics), Justine Chadwick (CWLEP Growth Hub) and Cllr Jim O’Boyle (Coventry City Council)

Coventry business launches innovative new product

Published on Monday, 11 January 2021

A Coventry business has secured its first contract for their new product which improves the safety of construction workers.

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It’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas!

Published on Friday, 04 December 2020

With the city sadly unable to host its big annual Christmas Lights switch on event due to the current Tier 3 restrictions, the Council along with key city partners have still been working hard to bring some festive cheer to the city centre.

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Early construction of prototype innovative light rail vehicle for the City of Coventry

Published on Thursday, 26 November 2020

The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) is an innovative light rail system which will be battery powered, lightweight and rail-based.

Coventry & Warwickshire ready for electric vehicle revolution

Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2020

As part of the 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution the Government has announced an investment of £500m for the development and mass production of electric vehicle batteries.

Representatives from Coventry City Council and Bowmer and Kirkland at the site

Work to commence on Two Friargate

Published on Friday, 13 November 2020

Development of a second office building at Friargate is set to take a major step forward this week with contractors beginning the onsite work.

Support for businesses impacted by national COVID restrictions

Published on Thursday, 12 November 2020

Coventry City Council has £4.4 million available to support businesses who have to close, or whose activity is limited, during the current 4-week lockdown. Grants between £1,334 and £3,000 are available depending on the rateable value of the business property.

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New NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace App - advice for businesses

Published on Thursday, 24 September 2020

A new NHS Test and Trace App is being made available for people over 16 to download to help to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

Bars and customers asked for help in tackling COVID-19

Published on Thursday, 17 September 2020

A letter has been sent to all licensed premises in the city, urging them to stay within Government guidelines and help the Council protect the city and its residents.

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