01 August 2019

What an Eggcellent idea for a family business

        Putting her own unique spin on the humble scotch egg is proving to be a big hit for Noni’s Family Kitchen. The food business, run by Jackie Williamson from her home in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, has gone from producing 40 to 500 units a week in the last six months and…

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01 August 2019

Digital Growth Programme extended with £5m of additional funding

A groundbreaking project which has helped thousands of businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire to enhance their digital skills will continue for another three years thanks to a £5m funding extension. The Digital Growth Programme, which launched in 2016, gives local SMEs access to fully-funded workshops, financial support and free one-to-one advice to help them make…

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19 July 2019

Leicestershire Engineering Company Utilise MGP Support to Keep up with Valuable Certification

Sapcote Engineering Limited, like many SME’s facing new legislative requirements, were in need of particular welding expertise to help them to optimise their EN 3834-3 welding management system in order to maintain their EN 1090-1 Execution of Steel & Aluminium Structures standard and certification. The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) were able to provide grant funding…

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19 July 2019

Rural Community Energy Fund

A funding scheme to support rural communities across England wanting to set up renewable energy projects in their area. The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. Funding available RCEF provides support to…

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19 July 2019

MEIF Debt Finance provides Advance Tapes with a £600,000 funding package

Specialist manufacturer of adhesive tapes secures business loan to support ambitious growth plans MEIF Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), has provided Advance Tapes International Limited (“Advance Tapes”), a manufacturer of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, with a £600,000 loan. The funding package will support the Leicester company’s ambitious expansion plans, helping it develop…

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19 July 2019

Plastics Packaging and Textile Recycling Grants

Outline This grant will support projects that provide new infrastructure and technologies which significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult to recycle plastic packaging or textile materials. WRAP is looking for organisations that are creating new methods of recycling plastics or textiles in England. The project must demonstrate that it goes beyond ‘state of the art’…

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19 July 2019

Innovation Loans: July 2019 Open Competition

Overview Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Scope The aim of this competition is to help businesses…

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18 July 2019

Funded training from Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses. They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy SSW can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant…

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18 July 2019

Improve business resilience with CSSC

The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Partnership was set up in 2011 by senior security experts to develop a way to communicate between the public sector and business around issues to do with security and business resilience (eg fraud, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, public order events etc). It has grown significantly and now has a presence…

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18 July 2019

Medilink East Midlands Business Awards 2019

East Midland companies are invited to apply for a Medilink East Midlands Business Award for 2019. The aim of the awards is to highlight the best of the best in the Life Sciences sector for the East Midlands. The awards will be presented on Thursday 5 December at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport….

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