Providing Professional & Meaningful Support to local Businesses

5th February 2019

By Mark Webb, Steering Group Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Humber Business Growth Hub.

As with the personal goals and ambitions each of us commits to at the start of each new year, for business owners it certainly bodes well to be prepared for the year ahead. These are uncertain times and businesses are preparing for every eventuality. Whether it’s mitigating for new risk factors, or preparing to seek out every new opportunity, the simple fact is every

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Humber LEP launch ‘Apprenticeship Toolkit’ to support local employers

5th February 2019

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has created and rolled-out a new Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit to help small and medium sized businesses in the area get to grips with the issues surrounding taking on and developing apprentices.

The toolkit supports businesses in navigating apprenticeship policy reforms and funding, including the apprenticeship levy. It also signposts towards local and national resources and demonstrates how apprenticeship training can help businesses of any size and sector to fill their skills gaps and meet their growth aspirations.

The toolkit

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Innovation Growth Lab – Grants for RCT’s

7th September 2018

The Innovation Growth Lab is offering research funding for randomised controlled trials (RCT’s) generating evidence on the most effective approaches to increasing innovation, supporting high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerating business growth.

The Innovation Growth Lab is a global collaboration of researchers, governments and foundations that aim to make innovation and entrepreneurship policy more experimental and evidence-based.

The IGL Grants programme aims to increase the use of RCTs in innovation and entrepreneurship research and evaluation by providing research funding and project management support to researchers and programme delivery organisations interested

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An employer guide to apprenticeships

23rd August 2018

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in specific job role. The apprentice gains through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.


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LEP and CEC partnership brings about once in a lifetime placement with HaaS F1 Team for lucky student

20th August 2018

Healing School, a Science Academy in North East Lincolnshire, contacted Careers and Enterprise, Humber LEP for assistance with a work placement for one of their students. This irregular placement would mean the student working in Oxfordshire for a week. This exciting opportunity was not one to be missed.

Charlotte from Healing Academy took the initiative to contact HAAS formula one for a work experience opportunity. As a successful formula one team HAAS agreed to take charlotte on for the week.

Whilst most

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Small Business Saturday is partnering with iDEA

13th August 2018

Small Business Saturday is partnering with  iDEA , The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award to deliver free, expert online training to small businesses across the UK.

About iDEA

The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is an international programme aiming to help address the digital skills gap. The programme provides free digital skills education in the form of engaging online modules (badges). The iDEA curriculum has been curated to help inspire people all over the world to become Digital Citizens, Workers,

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Humber LEP announces new Small Business Champion

4th August 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is appointing a new Small Business Champion to ensure that the needs and interests of small businesses are taken into account throughout the LEP’s decision-making.

Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games in Grimsby, will take up the role in September after being successful in an open recruitment process.

Jo has been an advocate of small businesses in Northern Lincolnshire and the Humber, since 2007 when she established her firm Red Herring Games, which supplies murder mystery

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Fake Grant Email – Phishing

20th July 2018

It has been brought to our attention by BEIS that a fake grant email is making the rounds. The sender poses as an employee of Telereal Secured Finance PLC (which is a registered company) aka Easy Finance and seeks to elicit money from a business by setting up a prepaid MasterCard account as part of a receiving their funding.

The text of the email is below (minus the phishing link) so that you are aware and can ensure you remain vigilant

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Older workers failed by weak enforcement of age discrimination

17th July 2018

17 July 2018

The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee publishes report on older people and employment.

Discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices

The talents of more than a million people aged over 50 who want to work are being wasted because of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices.

The report also concludes that Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are failing to enforce the law on age discrimination and must be clearer that prejudice, unconscious bias and casual ageism in the

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Skills productivity and the ageing workforce

16th July 2018

Fuller Working Lives, is a government lead partnership approach which encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers to help boost productivity.

People in the UK are living longer, and the proportion of older workers in the labour force is increasing. As the population and the workforce continue to age, to avoid a loss of labour, employers will need to increasingly draw on the skills of older workers. Employers will need to retain valuable skills of older workers, retrain them

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