Posts Tagged 'business grants'

Get Grant Ready – with an online elearning course!

Are you a beginner when it comes to writing winning funding applications?

If you are interested in learning how to compile successful funding applications, but don’t have extensive funds to spend on training, you will be pleased to hear that Idox Information Solutions has launched an online version of its popular ‘Get Grant Ready – A Beginner’s Course in Funding Applications’ training course.

This elearning programme offers the same content as the face-to-face training, but can be followed anytime, anywhere. Covering everything from ‘Different Types of Funder’, to ‘Why Applications Fail’, the programme includes many practical exercises to ensure trainees fully immerse themselves in the course material.

‘Get Grant Ready’ is a comprehensive introduction to funding applications and is available to organisations across the UK for an introductory offer of £55 plus VAT per person (or £500 plus VAT for up to 10 staff members).

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Don’t Miss out On Europe

  Despite all the gloom surrounding the Euro zone almost 40% of members of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are actively exporting their goods and services in 2013.  This is a significant increase on 32% last year.  Additionally, according to a BCC survey the EU remains the largest market for UK exporters with 87% of respondents trading in the region.

Potential future growth markets favoured by current exporters include Brazil, Russia and Qatar, and the majority of respondents stated that ease of finding overseas customers and distributors were the factors most likely to encourage them to export.

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HMG Offer Incentives to TA Employers

HMG  are planning to double recruitment into the TA as part of the new defence plan. So, we can expect more TA working for us. To help us run our businesses at the same time as supporting the army HMG is planning to give us a logo we can us on our letterheads and uprate the compensation we receive.

So do you approve of these plans?  Do you think the addition of more TA time-off alongside paternity and maternity leave with the upheaval and costs involved will help us drive our businesses forward?  Because I’m struggling to see how HMG believes that all this along with their abject failure to free-up some bank funding and reduce the ever-strangling red tape is doing anything at all to help us build our businesses and improve employment prospects.  Send me your comments to or fill in the comments box below.

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£1bn for Regional Growth Fund, Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced how a flagship government scheme is to spend £1 billion in a bid to boost economic growth in England.

The Government says the investment will help manufacturing firms, small businesses and local partnerships across England to expand their operations, create new jobs and stimulate growth.

Planned to safeguard or develop 240k jobs and working in parallel with the new Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Regional Growth Fund will operate across England from 2011 to 2015, providing support for private sector and public/private projects that offer significant potential for sustainable economic growth and job creation.

The allocation of £1 billion to the latest round of Regional Growth Fund spending was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the 2011 Autumn Statement.

Sc: HMG BIS; j4b

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Looking To Export? Read On..

The Dept for Business working with UK Trade and Investment is investing £13m in helping SMEs to build their export sales.  The fund is aimed specifically to help ambitious SME’s attend trade shows abroad; win overseas by helping them with the cost of travel to shows and overseas trade missions.

Interested? Click here for more information.  Alternatively complete the comment box or drop me an email to where I can provide information about a number of funding initiatives currently available.


£60m SME Funding Up For Grabs


The Community Development Finance Association has launched a £60m funding opportunity for SMEs.  Working with The Co-op Bank and the Regional Growth Fund they are aiming to create or safeguard over 8000 jobs over the next few years by helping small firms meet their funding requirements.


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EEFG Has Helped 5 Firms. Not A Good Record

According to The Guardian, the much maligned Export Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EEFG) scheme has been heavily criticised for helping a mere five firms since it opened last April. It was designed to help small businesses secure loans by providing lenders with a guarantee for 60% of the loan, while the firm pays 3% upfront.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said it was worrying that the EEFG had been taken up by so few firms. This criticism follows a recent review of the Regional Growth Fund by the National Audit Office (NAO), which revealed that relatively few jobs had been created for the sums invested in projects.

Scource: The Guardian

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