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This is your GDPR reminder!

Posted by Social Change on 2018-04-25 00:00

GDPR is a hot topic this month, with the deadline for changes to data protection imminent at the end of May. With so much guidance available, which are the best sources for you to use?  The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) have produced a set of guidelines including 12 steps you can follow and a self assessment toolkit for you to use, to make sure you are doing everything necessary to comply with the new regulations.  Businesses have until 25th May 2018 until the new regulations are put into place, with many taking advantage of the grace period before the enforcement to ensure

Conference delivers advice to business owners

Posted by Social Change on 2018-03-23 00:00

Over 100 delegates and 15 business support stands attended the Nicholsons Small Business Conference at the Drill Hall in Lincoln last Week.  The conference was organised by Nicholsons Chartered Accountants and was the first of its kind to be held in Lincoln.  The aim of the conference was to provide small business owners with support and advice from a team of experts to help them face the daily challenges that running a business brings. Networking over breakfast and an opportunity to visit a number of trade stands all offering services to small businesses, got the conference off to a buzzing start before seats were taken for the second part of...

Deadline for RDPE Growth Programmes grant submissions is drawing close...

Posted by Social Change on 2018-03-21 00:00

The deadline for submitting your expression of interest for the RDPE Growth Funding opportunity is coming up at the end of May. If you are a rural business looking for funding for business development, food processing or tourism infrastructure then do not miss out on your chance to access this funding offer which could offer a significant contribution towards your latest project or business plan.    For further information on what each Growth Programme can offer, please...

Lincolnshire-wide funding fairs will showcase small business grants and finance

Posted by Social Change on 2018-03-20 00:00

  Funding fairs will take place between April and July in Greater Lincolnshire, to showcase a multitude of opportunities for small businesses to gain that much needed boost in the form of a grant or funding support to promote business growth. The fairs, which will take place in Gainsborough, Grimsby, Woodhall Spa and Spalding, will provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses to speak to support providers on a one-to-one basis and help them to understand the best approach to gaining funding for their business ideas and future plans. There is also a chance for small businesses to ask questions on application processes...

Midlands Engine Investment Fund open to Lincolnshire SMEs

Posted by Social Change on 2018-03-05 00:00

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), delivered by the British Business Bank, will be holding a launch event in Lincolnshire to raise awareness of a £250million funding pot available to businesses in our region. The fund, provides debt and equity finance to growing small businesses across the Midlands, ranging from £25,000 to £2million. Ten events will be taking place across the Midlands to launch the fund, which has already received phenomenal interest from local businesses, with tickets now completely sold out for the Lincoln event. The Fund has been established in conjunction with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide flexible...

Barometer shows that manufacturers must improve productivity to meet expected sales and profit growth

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-28 00:00

Small to medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) must improve productivity by unlocking ‘their own hidden potential’, if sales and profits growth are to meet expectations – according to the latest National Manufacturing Barometer. The quarterly survey, which is conducted by SWMAS (part of Exelin Group) in partnership with Economic Growth Solutions (EGS), invited 320 manufacturing industry leaders to discuss performance, with a special focus on productivity and the extent to which it is engrained in manufacturing business culture. An overwhelming majority of respondents (72%) said they anticipate an increase in sales in the next six months – the highest figure recorded for nearly...

Could EU funding boost your business?

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-27 00:00

An upcoming workshop will help ensure local businesses don't miss out on current EU funding opportunities. On Tuesday 13th March 2018, a workshop will take place at Bourne Corn Exchange, 3 Abbey Road, Bourne PE10 9EF showcasing EU funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural enterprises in the Greater Lincolnshire area. Among the funding programmes to be discussed is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which is making £4.2 million available for projects focused on food processing, business development and tourism. There will also be a chance to learn more about the LEADER programme, which provides grants to support projects that...

Skills investment aims to help boost Greater Lincolnshire’s agri-food sector

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-21 00:00

Agricultural businesses across Greater Lincolnshire are being encouraged to invest in the future of their workforce and take advantage of a free business skills programme, if the region is to maintain its international reputation in agri-food.     Agricultural businesses across Greater Lincolnshire are being encouraged to invest in the future of their workforce and take advantage of a free business skills programme, if the region is to maintain its international reputation in agri-food.   With more grade-1 agricultural land than any other...

Team Lincolnshire Heads for London

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-15 00:00

Members of the newly formed Team Lincolnshire will gather at a prestigious event in London this month aimed at celebrating everything that’s good about Greater Lincolnshire. Following the launch of the Team Lincolnshire Ambassador Programme in November, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Lincolnshire County Council are organising a lunch at the Royal Air Force Club in Mayfair on 27th February. It’s the first Team Lincolnshire event to be held outside the area and aims to promote Lincolnshire to potential investors across the UK. Ursula...

Digital Support Programme back again after autumn success

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-14 00:00

  Business Lincolnshire is running a third series of digital workshops after a successful and oversubscribed autumn programme. The workshops starting this month, will take place at eight different locations across Lincolnshire and will be delivered by industry experts and business mentors and will cover a range of exciting topics including email and content marketing, the much talked about changes to data protection (GDPR) and search engine optimization. Stuart McFarlane-Bedford, leading digital adviser for Business Lincolnshire, said “With the digital sector becoming one of the fastest developing sectors in Lincolnshire, it is important that businesses in all sectors are equipped with the knowledge...