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A world of opportunities is available to businesses wanting to explore exciting new export options

Posted by Social Change on 2018-05-10 00:00

  Businesses across Greater Lincolnshire are being presented the opportunity to position themselves strategically in the continually evolving global market place, by taking advantage of the many export opportunities available in the county. Businesses wishing to learn more about the best ways to enter a new overseas trading market or expand an existing global footprint are encouraged to come along to this one-off event. The Going Global event, organised by the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub and supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Streets Chartered Accountants, will take place on 17th May at Hemswell Cliff. This event will offer any...

Businesses urged to enter the Rural Business Awards 2018

Posted by Social Change on 2018-05-02 00:00

Local businesses are being reminded that entries are now open to the 2018/19 Rural Business Awards but only until 31st May 2018 – enter now to showcase your business. The awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Outstanding Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Education or Training Business - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.   For the first time since launching in 2014, the Rural...

Made in Lincolnshire - voting deadline!

Posted by Social Change on 2018-05-01 00:00

This is your final call for nominations for the Made in Lincolnshire Awards, which will be taking place on Thursday 14th June 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln. To submit your entry, visit and nominate your chosen Lincolnshire business.   Categories for the awards include: Made in Lincolnshire Sold Locally  Made in Lincolnshire Sold Nationwide Made in Lincolnshire Sold Overseas Made in Lincolnshire for Many Generations  Made in Lincolnshire - Additive Manufacturing Made in Lincolnshire - World Class Nominations close on Friday 4th May - make sure you don't miss out!

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...