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Small Business Saturday is partnering with iDEA

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

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

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

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Discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices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of more than a million people aged over 50 who want to work are being wasted because of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices.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

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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Knowledge Transfer Partnership has funding available for businesses

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There is up to £40 million of funding available for businesses to collaborate with an academic or research organisation and a graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Translating academic thinking into business success

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership can focus on any technology or industry area and last between 12 and 36 months.

Funding can help UK businesses to bring in a graduate, who will work on an innovation project. This will enable organisations to turn academic thinking into business change, support growth and …

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Sporting Capital – Social Investment Fund

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Sporting Capital is the first social investment fund in England that focuses specifically on Organisations and projects that help to develop communities through sport and physical activity.

What can be funded

The £3m Sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible organisations. The loan funding will be used  to help organisations develop  new projects, operations and revenue streams. The goal is to help develop more sustainable community sports  organisations. Whilst every organisation’s needs will differ, we expect the funding …

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Simplified ‘Public Sector Contract’ cuts red tape for small businesses

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The Government has launched a new, simplified Public Sector Contract designed to make it easier for businesses to apply for Government contracts.

This new contract removes duplication from the application process and streamlines procurement for companies that supply to government through Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement frameworks.

The move will make it easier than ever for smaller businesses, who may lack the resources to read and digest reams of complicated terms and conditions, to supply goods and services to government.

Emma Jones, Crown …

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ScaleUp Institute 2018 Survey

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The ScaleUp Institute works to make the UK the best place in the world for a business to scaleup and grow. We want to help you to overcome the barriers that may be stopping your business from achieving even greater growth.

To do this the ScaleUp Institute want to understand what has been important to your growth journey to date as well as what barriers your business currently faces when you try to grow. They want to know what you think …

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