Free Business Support

Truro and Penwith College Business is offering free business support webinars to help Cornwall's business community during these challenging times.

The webinars are tailored for SME businesses and are being funded and delivered by the College's ESF Innovation in Higher Level Skills project.

Nine webinars are available in total across two subject areas; Managing Change and Digital Marketing. To access the recordings register here.

The goal of the sessions is to provide learners with skills that will help them tackle some of the challenges their business is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and provide them with long term skills that will benefit their business going forward.

The College also invites the business community to request other topics that may help during these challenging times and to provide feedback on the timing of the sessions via email:

Business Support Seminars

The College invites the business community to request other topics that may help during these challenging times and to provide feedback on the timing of the sessions via email:

Managing Change Digital Marketing

Innovation in Higher Level Skills

Our aim is to work with SMEs to offer solutions to skills gaps and barriers

Managing Change

If you have missed a webinar recordings are available and can be requested by emailing

Remote Working

Getting the most out of working from home.

Appropriate for any business who have staff working from home, whether this is a consequence of Covid-19, or their current employment model. This may be a daunting move for many employers, especially if used to working closely with their team, with high levels of face-to-face interaction. Therefore, this webinar/lecture will focus on the human factors. It aims to remove some of the fears, by exploring research on remote working, and offer tips in starting the process, maintaining productivity and team bonding.

Organisational Change

How to manage the process.

These are times of change for most businesses in strange and unpredictable ways. Where change is normally a process that is considered and planned for, Covid-19 restrictions have led to dramatic and immediate changes to most organisations. Although changes have been made quickly, this does not mean that they cannot be refined and reconsidered as an ongoing process. This webinar/lecture considers how change affects the whole organisation at a human and systems level. Understanding the interlinking aspect of the organisation allows for more positive changes to be made.

Leading Change

How to bring about change successfully.

Knowing that change is underway, and that the future may require more dramatic change as we transit from lockdown to an uncertain economic future, managing the change through leadership qualities may make the change more successful. This webinar/lecture shows how to bring everyone together with a shared mission, leading teams for a more considered and enduring change.


How to engage staff.

These are very uncertain times for organisations and for staff, and fear of the future may well affect staff’s satisfaction and productivity. This webinar/lecture aims to show how, even in times of uncertainty, pulling together as a team to work for future success is possible. Looking forward with confidence, being led with confidence.

Digital Marketing

If you have missed a webinar recordings are available and can be requested by emailing

Digital Marketing Webinar: Marketing 101

An introduction to how to write a marketing plan that will set you up well for planning coherent, effective campaigns to promote and grow your business.  This session will introduce the core elements of a marketing plan.

Digital Marketing Webinar: Marketing and Social Media Messaging

A deep dive into deciding on what your main marketing messages should be, normally, during the current COVID Pandemic and how to plan for messaging when the UK Lockdown is lifted.

Edit your Website to Improve its Search Engine Rankings (SEO)

While the UK is in Lockdown during the COVID crisis, you may have more time on your hands. Why not use this to work on your business?  One job many overlook, is ensuring that their site is well optimised for Search Engines and not all of that is technical.

Review Competitors and Similar Businesses. What can you learn?

While the UK is in Lockdown during the COVID crisis, you may have more time on your hands. Why not use this to work on your business?  One way to generate more ideas on how to market your business and what to avoid, is to conduct a thorough review of businesses operating in a similar way to your own.  This is something almost every marketer will say they wish they had done, but very rarely has time to do in the normal swing of business.

Improve your Website and Digital Marketing Security

With many more people working remotely or furloughed, web maintenance is not quite what it should be during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Unfortunately, hackers are already taking advantage of this increased vulnerability to cause trouble on many websites.  This workshop will help you understand the main risks to cyber security that your website and social media are exposed to, what makes them vulnerable and how to protect your business against those vulnerabilities. 

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*These events have been organised by the Innovation in Higher Level Skills project** which is part funded by the European Social Fund and delivered by Truro and Penwith College.

**The project is receiving £1.87m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit