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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...


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

   BT has launched a competition for small and medium businesses in partnership with the Cabinet Office and TechHub to find the latest innovations to boost digital public services, defence and retail. The partners are on the hunt for local businesses with expertise in machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. Focusing on the theme of ‘Augmented Intelligence,’ they want to see ideas that harness both the data processing powers of technology and the expertise of human manpower. The UK-wide initiative is the latest in a series of BT Infinity Lab competitions, with a £30,000 prize pot up for grabs for three winners. In...

National Barometer looks to delve even deeper into the ‘Productivity Puzzle’

Posted by Social Change on 2018-02-07 00:00

Recent economic data has suggested UK industry is starting to solve the ‘Productivity Puzzle’ and a major national survey aims to delve deeper into this topic. Launched 25th January, the Manufacturing Barometer is urging small to medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) to have their say on how productivity good practice is integrated into everyday culture. The report, which is conducted by SWMAS (part of the Exelin Group) in partnership with Economic Growth Solutions (EGS), is open until February 12th and will pose questions to get management teams to consider what measures, processes and investments they use to boost performance and increase efficiency. It is...

Start-Up and Grow event to support business start-ups in Lincolnshire

Posted by Social Change on 2018-01-24 00:00

  Start-Up and Grow 2018, an event for business start-ups and self-employed business owners or entrepreneurs, will be taking place next month at the Showroom in Lincoln. The event will be primarily focussing on supporting businesses in the start-up phase, with talks on business planning, finance, marketing and legalities, and a chance to put questions to a panel of business experts and local business owners. The popular annual event, organised by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub and Streets Chartered Accountants, aims to provide support to those thinking of starting their own business or in...

RPS Relocation gets Helping Hand from Grant Funding

Posted by Social Change on 2018-01-23 00:00

A local business has been successful in securing a grant with the help of Business Lincolnshire after an unfortunate experience with an online company. Reads Property Services, providers of maintenance services to commercial and residential properties, recently relocated from Ladysmith Road to a larger, more versatile unit in Spencer Street, Grimsby. The move will allow the business to develop, providing room needed to enhance their services and ultimately create new jobs.