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Projects

Adult Social Care Leadership

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018

The project provides masterclass training sessions and supported distance learning to lower and middle management in adult social care, specifically targeted at care home and domiciliary care providers.

The project aims to enhance the leadership skills of staff in the sector, improving culture, business performance, increasing individual competencies and raising the standards across the care sector, which will ultimately result in improved care to people the beneficiaries are responsible for.

Aura Innovation Centre

March 8, 2018 - February 28, 2021

The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) will create a facility focused on proactively promoting and supporting research and innovation in low carbon technologies as well as their adoption through the commercialisation of new and innovative low carbon products and services.

By providing the focal point for interactions between the knowledge base and business, the AIC will create a conducive environment for the strengthening of commercial links between research institutions and industry as well as helping to change small business attitudes towards innovation.

Business Growth Programme

October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021

The Business Growth Programme will enhance the resources of the existing Humber Business Growth Hub through the provision of a range of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to grow and become more productive.  It will encourage and support businesses to grow and develop by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client, including a detailed diagnostic and development of an action plan of support required to achieve growth objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts across a range of topics (see below)
  • A Leadership Development programme for senior leaders and managers within SMEs with a potential for growth
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on projects identified through one-to-one advice and support
  • Electronic delivery – development of a suite of webinars, online content, and information available through the Growth Hub Website

The programme will focus on delivering support in the following areas:

  • Business model, culture and structure
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Improving market and customer awareness and understanding
  • Sales process and pitch
  • Pricing
  • Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Resource Efficiency

Business Loan Fund

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Loan Fund utilises the Humber’s Growing Places Fund allocation to provide capital loans to businesses to help get stalled development projects off the ground.

ENRG2

September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018

ENRG is a demand led business and enterprise support service which helps people thinking of starting an enterprise, as well as those already doing it, to build strong sustainable businesses in Hull. A mentoring and support project, ENRG helps people and business every step of the way through one to one and group support.

A partnership of Goodwin Development Trust, Hull Culture & Leisure Limited and Hull City Council ENRG is ERDF and Arts Council funded until December 2018.

Enterprise!

October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2018

A programme of business support that commenced with pre-start interest and ideas development through online / on-demand activities and developed new companies into growing entities who have the capacity to expand and take on their first employees.

Eligible clients undertaking the learning journey could access face-to-face business support with a qualified, accredited Business Advisor working locally, to support their Business Planning and registration and an application for up to £1,000 matched funds for essential business related equipment.

Eligible businesses could access a further grant of £1,000 to grow their business more quickly and take on their first employee through the ‘Two’s Company’ scheme.

Exporting for Growth

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Exporting for Growth increases the support offered to SMEs, both first time exporters and those already exporting the Humber LEP area to grow their success within international markets.

SMEs can benefit from a programme of direct engagement, information and mentoring, export workshops and events.  These are enhanced by an integrated advice and funding package, delivered by teams of International Trade Advisers.  Support includes:

  • Costs of getting to the target country and in-country accommodation
  • Entrance to exhibitions/trade fairs and shipping of any associated products – including cost of the stand and associated fittings
  • Design and production and printing of international marketing materials specifically for target markets
  • Internationalisation of website, translation, creation of social media profiles, SEO
  • Consultancy relating to patents, trademarks or copyright
  • Product registration relating to international markets
  • International market research (excluding OMIS)
  • Consultancy to help develop your export strategy
  • Mentoring / consultancy for language and cultural awareness
  • Export professional training and language training for target countries

SMEs will benefit from an improvement in their capacity and capability to export to new markets, stimulating economic growth across both LEP areas, increasing GVA and demand for new jobs.

Finance for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year programme of investment readiness support is focused on enabling SME businesses to access finance.

It provides an intensive Humber-wide programme of support through a network of specialist advisors and associated small grants scheme that will cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of SME beneficiary projects which will enable them to become investment ready.

The programme will:

  • Enable SMEs to take full advantage of the growth opportunities provided by the right package of finance
  • Deliver a comprehensive programme of workshops and masterclasses
  • Provide targeted grants (up to 40% of eligible costs) where part of a specific growth and investment strategy
  • Assist SMEs to understand investor requirements and develop corresponding strategy/business plans
  • Assist SMEs to understand and negotiate the financial support landscape
  • Provide specialist support in relation to company growth plans
  • Support the assembly of tailored packages of finance to aid SME growth and expansion
  • Grow awareness and understanding of the various finance options available including equity finance
  • Signpost to other relevant support, expertise and development opportunities

Growing the Humber - Regional Growth Fund

June 30, 2015

A Regional Growth Fund programme to provide funding to businesses in the Humber region and to inward investors to support business growth and diversification which results in new job creation.

 

Hull Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2022

The aim of Community Led Local Development is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

Hull’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme is providing grant funding support to projects which help people in Hull to access and create economic opportunities through the following key priorities outlined in the Local Development Strategy:

  • Targeted training in key work-related skills
  • Making it easier to find and access work
  • Growing Integrated Community Hubs
  • Supporting local and community businesses
  • Joined up support to increase household incomes

The first competitive grant round has now closed with the second opening in January 2019.

The programme is being led by Hull City Council, with Humber Learning Consortium providing support for the grant administration process.

ICT for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year scheme will provide a programme of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to create and/or adopt new products and processes, improve productivity and business resilience by utilising ICT more effectively to support business growth.

It will encourage and support the uptake of digital technologies, build business confidence in the use of such technologies and extend understanding of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems and deliver increased business competitiveness. This will be achieved by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client and to develop an action plan of support required to achieve the objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on ICT projects identified through one-to-one advice and support from specialist ICT Advisors
  • Broadband vouchers to cover part of the cost of upgrading to faster broadband for new start businesses

Manufacturing Growth Programme

November 1, 2016 - September 30, 2019

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing the barriers affecting their business. The programme includes:

  • An independent strategic business review with honest broker
  • Detailed growth report that identifies strength and weaknesses
  • Support to identify challenges and barriers to growth that drive change
  • Support to help drive the completion of projects on time
  • Access to grants to subsidise the cost of improvement projects
  • Guidance and support to access other support mechanisms
  • Service Delivery review
  • Contract Directly with expert

It provides free advice and co-funded grant support to manufacturing SMEs to help them:

  • Identify opportunities and create plans for improvement and growth
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant (up to £3,500 max)
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

SMEs are guided through the process by a dedicated Manufacturing Growth Manager.

North Lincolnshire Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2021

The aim of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

The North Lincolnshire CLLD programme is focused on effecting community-led social and economic development in the three most deprived areas of Scunthorpe.  A Local Action Group (LAG) has been created from representatives of the voluntary community sector, public sector, private sector and local individuals which will encourage projects to apply for funding to deliver projects which meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Priority Objective 1: to address health and disability including mental health as a barrier to employment
  • Priority Objective 2: to support entrepreneurship through pre-start support and support for micro and small enterprises in the CLLD area including social enterprises
  • Priority Objective 3: to support particular disadvantaged groups into labour market participation
  • Priority Objective 4: to deliver early intervention activity which will raise aspirations within communities and address worklessness and deprivation
  • Priority Objective 5: to stimulate local level collaboration amongst local residents, the public, private and vol/com sectors, small businesses and other stakeholder

Skills Support for the Workforce

October 31, 2017 - March 31, 2019

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme provides a flexible and responsive programme of fully funded training to SMEs in the Humber using investment from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

People are eligible to receive funded support from the SSW / SSR programme if they are 19 years of age or older and are employed or employed and at risk of redundancy by an SME. People who are self-employed are also eligible to receive support from these programmes.

The programme is aimed at SMEs in the Humber LEP area in our key sectors (Renewable technologies/Green energy, Ports and logistics, Creative and Digital, Chemicals, Engineering and Manufacturing, Food, Visitor economy)  Support is also available for organisations in our underpinning sectors of Health and Social Care and Construction.

News

HEY LEP Opens Consultation on Ambitious Five-Year Strategy for the Hull and East Yorkshire Economy

October 13, 2021

The newly formed Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) has today unveiled its first ever strategy for the region – the Economic Growth and Workforce Wellbeing Strategy – outlining a clear mission and vision for the economic future of the region up to the end of 2026.

The strategy sets out four key priorities the LEP believes will provide the drivers for growth and will ensure it is successful in its key mission of being

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Fast Track your way to Start-Up Success with HEY Start-Ups

September 23, 2021

Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HEY LEP) HEY Growth Hub is launching a Start-Up Fast Track aimed at helping individuals to discover what is involved in starting and running a business.

As part of its HEY Start-Ups programme, this project will start on 8 October 2021, where participants will have the opportunity to explore the key steps involved in starting and growing a new business in 10 insightful, practical, and fun three-hour online sessions run over a period of

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Peer Networks: A Business Boost for Hull and East Yorkshire Companies

September 13, 2021

In the latest fightback against the impact of Coronavirus on business, Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) are delivering the second series of Peer Network groups, aimed at helping SMEs in the Hull and East Yorkshire region tackle problems, identify opportunities and grow.

From L-R: Laura Barley, Business Programme Manager, HEY LEP. Jon Brunton, Growth Hub Manager, HEY LEP, Edward Ryder, Managing Director Biskit Ltd

Peer Networks is a free national initiative, created by the Department for

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Businesses Urged to Order Free Covid-19 Test Kits

June 10, 2021

Businesses who registered for free Covid-19 test kits before the 12 April have until 30 June to order their free test kits. With this date fast approaching, it is important to get kits ordered while you still can and businesses are being encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Before placing an order, you must have:

Completed and signed the legal terms
Completed the on-boarding form

Deliveries can take up to 14 days after the order is placed so make sure you place

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