14 August 2018

All fired up! Collaborate helps ceramics business grow

        How to cope with rapid growth is a challenge often faced by small businesses. Jo Keogh of Jo Keogh Ceramics and The Clay Room Leicester turned to Leicestershire business support project Collaborate for help. Jo always had a passion for ceramics but decided originally to pursue a career in science. It…

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07 August 2018

Low carbon opportunities identified in Leicester & Leicestershire

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) in partnership with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council have today released the findings from consultations with local private and public-sector organisations into current energy opportunities and barriers. The Energy Challenge Paper is produced by Element Energy and Cambridge Econometrics following their commission to develop and deliver…

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02 August 2018

A quick guide to increasing your productivity

When we talk to companies about what they’d like help and support with, the answer is often improving productivity, so several of the free business support workshops we run tackle issues which could help with the productivity of your organisation. Whether you’re talking about a service industry organisation or a manufacturing business, productivity can make…

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31 July 2018

Enabling Business Growth & Sustainability with a Strong HR Framework

Karen Doores of KD HR Solutions is an independent HR consultant based in Leicestershire, helping managers have the right HR policies and processes in place to create strong foundations on which to build a successful business. “There are two main reasons a HR framework is important for a business,” she says. “The first is to…

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26 July 2018

Introduction to digital marketing

In our fast-paced world, digital marketing offers SMEs the opportunity to reach more people very cost-effectively. With a professional looking corporate identity and good photography, there are things you can be doing right from the word go without spending lots of money. You may choose to access some help with some of these things, especially if…

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24 July 2018

Apprenticeships – Let’s get ready for exam results.

With exam results season drawing nearer, thousands of young people, influenced by their parents, will be making important decisions about their future. It’s vital that they’re aware about the opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide, to help them make an informed decision about their next step. Over the summer the Department for Education will be…

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23 July 2018

Open Grant Funding Competition: Round 2

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused (rather than pure research). Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or…

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19 July 2018

Innovation loans competition open for registration

Innovate UK has up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative late stage projects. This loan competition aims to provide loans to help SMEs to undertake game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential across any sector or industry. Innovation loans will offer affordable, patient, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with…

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18 July 2018

Why businesses can benefit from cultural diversity and inclusivity

“Business employees are more productive and engaged when working in a diverse and inclusive group”, says Marsha Ramroop, founder of Unheard Voice Consultancy and the only independently certified practitioner of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in England. While creating such an environment is often seen as a moral imperative, there are wider impacts too that businesses can…

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18 July 2018

East Midlands space industry to receive significant boost through major European research collaboration

The University of Leicester, LLEP and the National Space Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the region of Piemonte in Italy during the Farnborough Airshow. The space industry in the East Midlands will receive a significant boost thanks to a major new research collaboration between the county of Leicestershire and the Piemonte region…

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