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Small Business Finance Markets report published

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Equity and alternative finance demonstrate strong growth while bank lending volumes remain relatively flat

UK is a world leader for start-ups and has its highest-ever population of small businesses, with a record number of start-ups
UK’s scale-up performance improves, but is behind US in part due to less later stage VC funding
Demand still a challenge, with businesses reluctant to take on …

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New Supplier opportunities to work with SparkFund Businesses

Spark Fund

The University of Hull SparkFund is s an innovation support and grants programme that  helps businesses to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes, for small to medium sized business in the Humber, York, North Yorkshire region.

The SparkFund programme has been up and running for a while now and has been providing grants to a number of businesses. Sparkfund are now looking at supporting local businesses that have recently secured a SparkFund grant to procure a supplier to undertake …

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Humber LEP sets the standard for careers

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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the first Local Enterprise Partnership in the country to have achieved a national licence as a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard.

One of only twelve national holders, the Humber LEP is the only Local Enterprise Partnership out of 38 to have been awarded this status, after submitting an extremely strong application to the Quality and Careers Standard Consortium.

As a result of this licensing award, the 21 schools, colleges and training …

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Workers To Benefit From Enhanced Rights

Goodwork plan

Millions to benefit from enhanced rights as government responds to Taylor review of modern working practices.

millions of workers to get new day-one rights with sick and holiday pay to be enforced for vulnerable workers for the first time
reforms will ensure employment law and practices keep pace with modern ways of working created by rapid technological change
for the first time the government will be accountable for good quality work as well as quantity of jobs – a key ambition of the …

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Hull City Council Business Research and Consultation

Hull cc Enterprise Panel

Hull City Council has developed an Enterprise Research Panel to collect the views of local organisations a few times a year. Each survey will only take around 10 minute to complete. Please take a moment to give us your views.

Access your Enterprise Panel survey here

In the latest survey we ask your views on:

A Digital Strategy for Hull
How improved connectivity might help your business
Whether you would upgrade, or get connected if financial help was available
Earning while Learning  – The death of …

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The Humber Enterprise Zone


Enterprise Zones are great places to do business for both new and expanding firms, benefiting from government backing and incentives for investment. Established in 2012, they are at the heart of the government’s long term economic plan, supporting businesses to grow.

At 1,238ha (3,059 acres), the Humber has the largest Enterprise Zone in the country, comprising a package of 30 sites to suit the needs of a wide range of businesses.

What do Enterprise Zones have to offer?

Business Rate Discount (BRD)

Up to …

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Carillion – File for Liquidation


It was announced on January 15th that Carillion have filed for compulsory liquidation, an Official Receiver has been appointed and contingency plans have been activated across Government.

The Cabinet Office has announced that the government will continue to deliver all public sector services following the insolvency. The Official Receiver who works for the Insolvency Service (one of BEIS’s partner organisations) has been appointed by the court as liquidator along with partners at PwC that have been appointed as Special Managers.


The Government …

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Room for more progress and growth in 2018

Now that the success of 2017 is behind us, the Humber region can expect further growth and commitment to increasing its positive contribution to the UK economy throughout the next twelve months.

There is little doubt that Hull’s reign as the UK City of Culture will leave a lasting impression on our region, with a legacy that promises continued optimism and potential success in a number of sectors.

For its legacy to be successful, we must all continue to communicate effectively, be …

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Webinars On How SME’s Can Supply To The Public Sector

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Crown Commercial Services are planning some Webinars to help SME’s sell their products and services to the public sector.

Webinar – 14 March – Tips for selling to the public sector

Stephanie Staubach is Managing Director of TopMark Claims Management Ltd; a company that has successfully sold its claims solutions service into the public sector via contracts with national government and Local Authorities across the UK.

In this webinar, Stephanie will offer her secrets to success in selling to the public sector, including …

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Free Business Workshops for East Riding Businesses

East Riding Council Business Services Team are running a series of workshops at various locations across the East Riding of Yorkshire. These workshops are for people who are looking to start a business or are already running a business in the area.

The following workshops will be taking place:

How to Write a Business Plan

A 3 hour workshop going through the basics of business planning and helping you start to develop some content for a plan for your business.

The workshop aims to …

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