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It’s National Older Workers Week 20th – 24th November 2023

November 20, 2023

National Older Workers week celebrates the value older people bring to the workplace, the benefits of an age-diverse workforce and how employers can attract more older workers to their business.

Multigenerational teams are good for business; they bring a wealth of different viewpoints and insights. Over 50s are a valuable part of this multi-generational workforce and contribute a wealth of experience. With an ageing workforce and labour shortages, this demographic will become increasingly dominant and important (by 2025 one in three

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HEY LEP to launch Create Growth Programme thanks to £520,000 of funding

November 13, 2023

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis (HCC), Dr James Zborowski (Head of The School of The Arts, UoH), Cllr Nick Coultish (ERYC), James Newman OBE (HEY LEP).

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hull and the East Riding will soon be able to benefit from expert, tailored support thanks to over half a million pounds worth of funding secured by Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP).

The government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded £520,000 to HEY

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Export Growth Grant

September 20, 2023

Export Growth Grant (EGG) Funding Programme – Trade Show Exhibitor Grants

Hull City Council would like to announce the successful awarding to the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) of UK Shared Prosperity Funds (UKSPF) supporting Hull based businesses with an Export Growth Grant (EGG) Funding Programme. The Programme aims to provide revenue grants to Hull-based companies to support business growth through exporting to new markets.

Grants to a maximum of £5,400 are available to SMEs trading in a

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Growing Places Fund – Funding for SMEs in Hull & East Yorkshire

September 20, 2023

Growing Places Fund

In these uncertain times it can often be difficult to know how to move forward. Costs are continuing to increase with no real light at the end of the tunnel and as a business owner there’s always uncertainty as to the best way forward to help your business grow. At the Growing Places Fund (GPF), managed by the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP), we may be able to help if you have plans to

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Funding support for SMEs in Hull & East Riding

June 19, 2023

Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP), Investment Programme Team, is running an event for all businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire to discover existing and new funding opportunities.

The Event is for all SMEs in Hull & East Riding and will provide information on both the Growing Places Fund, the Goole Property Activation Fund, the Made Smarter Programme and additional business support available.

There will be an opportunity to take part in a workshop covering ‘How to complete your

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HEY Growth Hub announces ‘THRIVE’ sales and marketing workshops for Hull Visitor Economy businesses

February 21, 2023

With the British economy remaining turbulent and the spending power of the public reduced, leisure, retail and hospitality businesses are having to work harder than ever to generate sales.

The advent of higher energy bills, wages and stock costs have also placed a higher burden on the turnover of small businesses.

For small businesses that rely on tourists and visitors for part or all of their income, this challenge is keenly felt.

That’s why the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Growth Hub is

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Digital Skills Bootcamps

February 23, 2022

The HEY LEP is pleased to be working with The Coders Guild to deliver The Department for Education Digital Skills Bootcamps across the Hull and Yorkshire region to support people looking to either switch careers or further develop their digital skills.  There are also Bootcamps to help employers plug skills gaps in their workforce or upskill their existing teams.

Digital Skills Bootcamps come at no cost to the individual or the employer, are delivered online and last for between 8 to

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Motion Rehab benefits from the HEY LEP’s Growing Hull & East Yorkshire grant scheme

January 31, 2022

Motion Rehab were supported with £55.8k from the HEY LEP’s Growing Hull & East Yorkshire grant scheme. Growing Hull and East Yorkshire is funded by the LEP’s Getting Building Fund programme, secured as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

The business provides patient rehabilitation services for individuals with needs arising from Strokes and other long-term conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic has created additional demands, with many survivors needing ongoing rehabilitation. Increasing referrals from case managers, NHS CCGs, charities and

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Food Sans Frontières – opening international doors for the Food and Drink sector

September 9, 2021


Food Sans Frontières assists suppliers to the foodservice, retail and food ingredient sectors internationally, offering consultancy and translation services in order to open international doors, manage logistics, implement multilingual communications and handle account management for companies working in the UK Food and Drink sector, both in terms of import and export.

Founder, Joanne Alexander-Sefre is keen to engage with companies across Hull and East Yorkshire, and has personal links with the area, having grown up in North Ferriby.

According to Joanne, “My

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Craft beers. Let’s raise a glass to exporting success!

September 2, 2021

In one of our new export case study videos, Allan Rice, Co-Founder of the Atom Brewing Company, talks about how export markets such as Switzerland and Italy are craving new styles of beers, and how the company’s first export market, Sweden, has developed to include Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, France and Spain !

Some interesting facts about the UK’s brewing industry:

British brewing is a world class manufacturing sector and British beers long renowned throughout the world
The UK is

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Research highlights the opportunities for export growth across the region

September 1, 2021

Earlier this year, KADA Research Limited was commissioned to deliver a post EU exit business engagement research project to assess the impact of EU exit on the international trade activities of SME businesses across the (then) Humber LEP region.

A suite of reports was undertaken for this study which appear below. The study involved discussions with stakeholders, a business survey and extensive desk and statistical analysis. An interactive dashboard of trade statistics was also developed for the study which can be

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Food and Drink Exporters Association

September 1, 2021

Exporting food and drink?  FDEA is the UK’s trade association for the food and drink export community. They help companies grow their sales overseas by providing practical export support, lobbying government on industry issues and connecting UK suppliers to the international buying community.

FDEA membership is a valuable resource to both experienced and new exporters.  The community works together to share knowledge, contacts and advice.

They organise a programme of networking events, member meet ups, webinars and workshops to help build knowledge

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September 1, 2021

Chatta is a teaching approach which links images with language. It was developed following extensive work in hundreds of schools and with thousands of teachers and pupils.

Chatta is used by teachers as a whole-class teaching resource with pupils aged 3 to 18, and also by teaching assistants as an intervention resource.

Parents are central to Chatta and as well as being able to support learning with the Chatta resources they also use the Chatta app to make Chatta stories at home.


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DIT Food and Drink Sector Specialist

September 1, 2021

The food and drink sector in the Yorkshire and Humber region is rich and varied, with lots of exciting brands and thriving manufacturers. The area is home to many nationally and internationally recognised brands that are capitalising on the opportunities international trade can bring.

The requirements for expert advice and support in Hull and East Yorkshire are as diverse as the food and drink landscape itself and as an international Trade Adviser for the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Yorkshire

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Latin America and the Caribbean: opportunities for UK companies

September 1, 2021

The Latin American and Caribbean region accounts for an estimated $4.4 trillion in GDP (PPP)[1], has a population of 646 million[2] and includes three members of the G20. Total bilateral trade between the UK at Latin America and Caribbean (LatAC) was worth over £29 billion. For businesses interested in exporting to LatAC, there’s a whole ecosystem of support available from the Department for International Trade (DIT). DIT has a network of 160 staff based in 20 LatAC markets, with a

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Bolst Global – Top tips for food and drink exporters

August 31, 2021

The HEY LEP recently caught up with Victoria Boldison, a multi-award-winning Chartered Marketer and Founder of Bolst Global.

Victoria has worked internationally for all of her career within start up, SME and large corporation environments marketing and selling food, drink, supplements and medical devices around the world.

Victoria Boldison, Founder – Bolst Global

Bolst Global is an international business consultancy and export solutions provider supporting those businesses operating in global food, drink and supplement sectors. Victoria’s vision and passion with Bolst Global

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