Procurement Opportunity – Digital Capacity Self Assessment Tool

1st December 2020

Hull City Council, on behalf of the Humber Business Growth Hub’s Business Growth Scheme, wishes to commission the development of a digital tool that will help SMEs to self-diagnose their current status in relation to digital skills, technology and solution adoption.

The tool will be available to all SMEs in the Humber region at no cost, and will be hosted on both the Growth Hub website and the #GrowMySME website.

The timetable for this procurement is as follows:

EventDateIssue RFQ26 November 2020Deadline for receipt

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National Lockdown in England – Information for Humber Businesses

2nd November 2020

From 00:01am on Thursday 5th November until at least 11:59pm on Wednesday 2nd December, there will be a second national lockdown in England. This will require the majority of businesses in the Humber region to take action. 

New Measures & Restrictions 

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close, and only food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail businesses that remain open should

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Manufacturing Barometer survey Request

19th October 2020

The manufacturing Growth Programme’s Manufacturing Barometer survey is now LIVE for SME Manufacturers across the country to have their say on their confidence levels within the industry, and this quarter – to call for the support they require the most to support their recovery and growth ambitions. They are asking those important SME manufacturers, who account for over 98% of UK manufacturing, to tell us how current economic conditions are continuing to impact their business, how they expect the end

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UK Transition Business Webinars

13th October 2020

The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period will affect businesses and you should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021.

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Click on your sector below to register to attend a

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Responsible Finance provider boosts CBILS funding and launches new loan products

8th October 2020

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF), the Yorkshire-based responsible finance provider has received an increased allocation of CBILS guarantee to help SMEs deal with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. BEF welcomes applications from £50,001 to £150,000 from businesses that have been affected by Covid-19.

Simon Jackson, Head of Lending at BEF said: “We have delivered a record-breaking £11m in support to businesses across the North and beyond during lockdown. This additional allocation enables us to support more businesses who are struggling to

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Procurement Opportunity: Start-up Support Service – Workshops, Masterclasses and Peer-to-Peer Development Programme

2nd October 2020

The Humber LEP Business Growth Hub is seeking to commission a supplier to provide additional resources to add value to the Growth Hub’s existing start-up support capacity through provision of a Start-up Support Service – Workshops, Masterclasses and a Peer-to-Peer Development Programme.

This will consist of a range of online sessions as follows:

a set of core pre-start workshop topics delivered on a regular basisless frequent masterclasses on particular start up topics to cover sector-based,
business model or trend-based contentfacilitated peer-to-peer
sessions to

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Job Retention: Updated guidance

2nd October 2020

Job Retention: Updated guidance

On 2 October HMRC published guidance on the Job
Retention Bonus and what needs to be done to claim it. Further information is
available at: https://bit.ly/3iEtzDO
HMRC also published updated guidance on 2 October on wages claims through
the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The guidance can be found at: https://bit.ly/2zdheFnSmall Business
Leadership Programme and Peer Network Scheme
You may also be interested to see information published in early August
about The Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Network Scheme that aims
to enhance resilience and recovery from COVID-19.
This information

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The Prime Minister plans to transform the training and skills system

30th September 2020

The Prime Minister has set out plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from coronavirus. The plans include a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers and new entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain. A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office is available at: https://bit.ly/2S7DCWO. The PM’s speech can be read at: https://bit.ly/3n4AjxV. This included an expansion

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Winter Economy Plan

25th September 2020

The Chancellor outlined additional government support for businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Key features include:

• A Job Support Scheme: introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. The scheme will run for six months and will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme. It is designed to sit alongside

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Procurement Opportunity: Humber Peer Networks Programme

24th September 2020

The Humber LEP Business Growth Hub is seeking
to commission suppliers to deliver a Humber Peer Networks Programme.

Peer Networks is a national initiative funded by
the Department for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy that is being
delivered locally through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and
their respective Growth Hubs.  The
programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by
helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational
challenges. 

The Invitation to Tender is available on
Yortender and requires the delivery of a

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