A great opportunity to improve the expertise of you management team with a 90% funded development programme!
A successful tender to the Skills Enhancement Fund has allowed First Position to offer a practical, insightful and skills enhancing programme to SMEs across the Yorkshire & Humber region.
The programme runs over 3 weeks and includes 3 full day workshops, online learning modules, group forums, teleconferences and supporting materials.
The Skills Enhancement Fund subsidises 90% of the costs of this programme so you only pay £75 + VAT per place.
If you want to move your business forward more quickly, contact Kevin Downsworth on 01274 585 160 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: There are a limited number of places available on this programme
A competition to find the UK’s top innovative and international-thinking businesses is open with £6 million lending facilities up for grabs in Yorkshire and the Humber.
HSBC’s Global Connections competition, now in its fourth year, recognises companies which are achieving excellence in three categories: innovation, international trade and mid-market growth
Date: Thursday, 10th October 2013 (09:00 – 14:00)
Venue: The Source Skills Academy, Meadowhall, 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, S9 1EA
Are you willing to innovate your products and processes to make them more competitive?
Are you interested in international markets but do not know where to start?
Would you like more info about the new National and European funding opportunities for internationalisation and innovation
If your answer is yes, this is the right event for you.
Jointly organised by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) this FREE event will give a thorough overview about all the opportunities and support available to make your business grow through innovation and export.
During the event EEN and UKTI advisers will present the different tools and services to approach international markets and find business and/or technological partners.
Case studies will be presented by companies who have directly benefitted from these services.
Experts will illustrate the EU and National funding programmes to help you grow and start your “international journey”.
After the presentations there will be the possibility to have one to one meetings with EEN and UKTI advisers.
09:00 Welcome (coffee and pastries)
09:30 Introductions (Martin McGurk – RTC North/EEN Yorkshire )
09:35 Enterprise Europe Network: finding business and technological partners in Europe and beyond (Martin McGurk)
09:55 EEN case study presentation
10:05 UKTI: being successful with export (Alexandra Silverton)
10:25 UKTI case study presentation
10:35 Growth Accelerator Programme: find an experienced coach to deal with international market (David Boath – Pera Consulting Ltd)
10:55 Coffee break
11:10 UK Technology Strategy Board: Funding for innovative SMEs (James Clipson)
11:25 From FP7 to H2020: EU specific support for SMEs (Steve Bradley – FP7 UK National contact point for SMEs)
11:40 Innovation Futures – helping SMEs to innovate through university collaboration (Ian Henderson – Sheffield Hallam University)
11:55 Questions and Answers
12:15 Networking, Lunch, face to face meetings
To register for this FREE event click here.
Ministers have said that that new Digital Services Framework is open to businesses of all sizes that can offer innovative digital services to the public sector. Small companies have been urged to bid for up to £40m worth of business designed to help the government shift public services online under its digital by default agenda. This framework will work alongside the G-Cloud framework and has been introduced to support the government’s digital by default agenda, which aims to save £1.7 billion a year after 2015.
The framework is for a wide range of services such as software engineering and support, product development, service design, agile delivery management, web operations and front-end design. Roles that are to be supplied to the public sector through the framework will include developers, database specialists, security specialists, business analysts, web operations, agile coaches, network specialists and more. Suppliers will be expected to put the user at the centre of development, iterate against user feedback, produce working software and release it often in 2-3 week sprints, to work quickly, and have all members of the team located in the same place.
Both the G-Cloud and the new Digital Services Framework represent efforts from the government to move away from a reliance on a small number of large suppliers for IT.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “To deliver the efficient and responsive public services that users demand, we must ensure that government has access to the most innovative and cost-effective digital solutions. Often, these services will be provided by smaller firms that in the past have been locked out of public sector business by complex and expensive pre-qualification requirements. The Digital Services Framework is an example of government procurement that is faster, simpler and easier to do business with”.
The Digital Services Framework will work alongside the G-Cloud.
The £10,000 Business Growth Idea Competition has been set up to encourage entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas to boost economic growth in the UK.
Philanthropist and business expert Lawrence Tomlinson is donating his £10,000 Government salary to whoever submits the best growth idea.
Entrants are encouraged to share their innovative ideas, big or small, on what practical steps the Government could take to generate growth.
The winner will be awarded a cash prize of £10,000. They will also receive mentoring from Mister Tomlinson who has agreed to coach the winner with regards to their own business aspirations. Mister Tomlinson will then bring the idea to the attention of The Right Honourable Vince Cable MP, the Government’s Business Secretary.
Entrepreneurs who have ideas for business growth may submit an entry. They may be in their pre-start or starting up phase or running an existing business that has growth plans. Entries from businesspeople based throughout the UK will be accepted.
The competition will run until the end of the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week UK campaign, which takes place 18-24 November 2013.
The winner will be announced on Friday 22 November 2013. Entrants are advised to submit their application in good time, in order to be considered by the competition judges.
Click here for more details (link opens in new window).
Enterprise Europe Yorkshire have announced two more of their popular workshops on the subject of selling to the public sector:
- 25th September 2013 sees the next of their regular sessions at the Rose Bowl in Leeds, with a speaker from Leeds City Council’s procurement team and practical exercises to help you bid more effectively for public sector contracts. Click here for more details and to book a place;
- 1st October 2013 brings a workshop in York co-organised with UK Trade & Investment, looking at selling to the public sector both here at home and further afield. Contact Enterprise Europe Yorkshire on 0800 052 8156 to find out more.
Up to £5k funding for for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow.
The Technology Strategy Board’s national Innovation Voucher scheme is designed to help businesses gain the knowledge they need to innovate and grow.
An Innovation Voucher can help your business to work with an external expert for the first time by paying towards the cost of their services.
We are providing Innovation Vouchers for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with ‘knowledge suppliers’ such as:
- universities and further education colleges
- research and technology organisations
- technical consultancies
- Catapult centres
- design advisers
- Intellectual Property advisers.
Innovation Vouchers will be available to businesses that are aiming to work on ideas applicable to one of our priority themes.
What does it fund?
The Innovation Voucher can enable your business to access knowledge for all types of innovation – for example:
- ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
- using design to improve your ideas
- managing your Intellectual Property.
However, you need to be clear that accessing this knowledge will help your business address a real challenge, not just a small improvement or change to what you currently do.
Innovation Vouchers help you to obtain expert advice from a knowledge supplier you haven’t worked with before, not to fund general business needs such as training or equipment.
The Startups Awards reward and celebrate the UK’s best business startups and represent an opportunity for companies to gain recognition for the outstanding achievements of the business, team or individual.
In addition to receiving a glass trophy to commemorate their success, winners will benefit from national and regional press coverage to raise their company’s profile. Both winners and finalists will be provided with a logo to use on marketing literature and letterheads and a template press release to maximise media coverage.
The 2013 Awards are broken down into the following categories:
- Simply Business Startups Business of the Year
- Digital Business of the Year
- Mobile Business of the Year
- Innovative Business of the Year
- Product Business of the Year
- Service Business of the Year
- Franchisee of the Year
- Mumpreneur of the Year
- Home-based and Freelance Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Women in Business Award
- Silver Fox Award for the Year
- Funded Business of the Year
The Awards are open to privately-owned UK-based businesses that have recently started up and those that have been trading for up to three years and have less than 60 employees.
Registrations for the 2013 round of awards are now invited with a deadline of 13 September 2013.
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