Free Training & Upskilling Opportunities in Norfolk

Onwards Norfolk was brought to you by Norwich BID, King’s Lynn BID and Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership, to provide free training and upskilling for businesses across our county. The scheme ended on the 31st January 2023.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to work with you in the future!

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What are we offering?

Hospitality & Leisure Training

These free courses were aimed at local businesses looking to improve their staff’s skillset, helping to recruit and retain employees. We also offered this to individuals seeking employment or to set up their own business, by offering free upskilling opportunities within this sector.

The courses ranged from Employment Law and Customer Service, to Food Safety and Vulnerability training, and were flexible to suit your needs – face to face, online or blended. 

This course has now ended.

Net-Zero Waste Champions

We helped create bespoke Net Zero Waste plans to reduce your waste, carbon footprint and overall costs.

This course has now ended.

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Digital Skills Training

Digital Business Skills Training

Free digital & social media workshops

These training sessions equipped your business with the knowledge you need to integrate business recovery planning with online marketing.

We helped you to develop multichannel marketing, and give an overview of the digital tools available to make your business more profitable.

We ran one-day intensive workshops throughout July in Norfolk. These workshops offered an introduction into the value of Essential Digital Business Skills and provide detailed Digital Skills Implementation support to help put theory into practice. 

This course has now ended.

Norfolk Business Support Hubs

We ran dedicated spaces in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn to offer training, drop-in sessions, networking opportunities and much more. 

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The Forum Norwich Norfolk
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Pop-Up Trading Spaces

Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn BIDs provided pop-up opportunities to support local traders. These were available for people wanting to test the market with a new business/product, business owners who are already thriving online but wish to start trading face-to-face, or established businesses looking to trade in a more central location. The two towns provided appropriate spaces for individuals to access business support and advice, plus digital skills training opportunities.  

Delivered by Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn BID

In Norwich, Pop-Up Trading spaces were available on Norwich Market. For more information and how to apply head to Norwich City Council.

About us

Onwards Norfolk, run by Norwich BID, Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership and King’s Lynn BID, was funded through the government’s Community Renewal Fund. We offered free business support, training courses, and upskilling opportunities to help businesses and individuals recover from the impact of COVID-19.

These projects were free for all local businesses and individuals within the BID areas who wish to participate, meaning that everyone can benefit. From online skills training to place-based investments, these projects were all designed with business and career goals in focus.

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This project was part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit

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