12 October 2018

£8 million allocated to new immersive technologies

On 1 October, Innovate UK released the latest Audience of the Future (AotF) funding competition – Production Innovation for Immersive Content. Central government is funding the through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It is allocating £8 million to invest in new immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Here in Leicester and Leicestershire, we are at the…

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12 October 2018

‘Brexit Special’ Event for Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Sector

Leicestershire Promotions and Winning Moves are hosting the 2018 Tourism Forum, which is open to all tourism and hospitality businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire. This hugely popular event, which consistently attracts well over 100 industry delegates, is being held at the prestigious Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa in Hinckley on Thursday 8 November 2018 between…

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10 October 2018

£1.3m ESF funding available

£1.3m ESF funding is available through the LLEP. On 5th October on behalf of the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, the Government launched a £1.3m call for activities under European Social Fund Programme 2014-20. One or more applications are sought to help retain graduates in Leicester and Leicestershire by  encouraging more job opportunities with higher…

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08 October 2018

Almost £8 million available across two new ERDF calls

Almost £8 million worth of funding is available to businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire across two new ERDF calls. A new research and innovation call is offering £1.9 million, while a call to support low-carbon industries in all sectors has a total pot of over £6 million. Businesses are invited to apply should their projects…

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04 October 2018

Multi-million investment in Space Park Leicester takes another step forward

A planning application has been submitted for the first phase of Space Park Leicester. This pioneering project will establish a new industry-academic cluster focused on space and related industries, right here in Leicester. The Park will be located on the site of the former John Ellis School on Leicester’s Waterside, close to the National Space Centre….

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03 October 2018

£19million traffic improvement scheme begins next phase

Works have started on the latest phases of the six-year, £19million Leicester North West Major Transport Project, which will improve links between the city, key developments such as Ashton Green on the north west of the city, and to the city’s Western bypass, the A46 and A50 corridors. It is specifically designed to support the…

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02 October 2018

Plan sets out how city and county will grow

A plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future is set to be agreed by local partners by the end of the year. The Strategic Growth Plan has been developed by a partnership made up of Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the…

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27 September 2018

LLEP is first in East Midlands to begin Local Industrial Strategy

  The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) launched a video highlighting the areas strengths and aspirations for a Local Industrial Strategy at its AGM meeting this week. The LLEP produced a Local Industrial Strategy Prospectus document in July after consulting with over 150 local businesses and this has now been developed in to a…

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27 September 2018

Making Tax Digital – Five top tips to prepare for the changes

We spoke to a team of experts at Haines Watts for their tips on preparing your business for the changes that will come with the new Making Tax Digital system in April 2019. MTD will apply to all VAT registered businesses over the VAT threshold of £85,000. Keep an open mind Change can be daunting,…

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25 September 2018

“Clock is ticking” for businesses to go digital

The move to a digital tax system in the new year will impact tens of thousands of businesses in the region. The change will apply to all VAT registered businesses over the VAT threshold of £85,000. This will affect up to 40% of businesses in Leicestershire, equivalent to nearly 50,000 enterprises.  The new digital tax…

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