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- Workshop providers sought for Ready2Grow - Social Media and Effective Websites
Northamptonshire County Council is seeking to procure specialist workshop providers to deliver a range of workshops, including Social Media and Effective Websites for Business, under the "Ready2Grow" (R2G) project, an initiative part-funded by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and delivered in partnership with the Northamptonshire Growth Hub, University of Northampton and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.
- Government announces Apprenticeship Levy guidance
In spring 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
- Start-up Business Support Advisors for the Ready2Grow (R2G) Project sought
Northamptonshire County Council is seeking to procure specialist support to deliver a programme of start-up business support under the “Ready2Grow” (R2G) project, an initiative part-funded by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and delivered in partnership with the Northamptonshire Growth Hub, University of Northampton, and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.
- £10,000 Small Businesses UK – Applications now open
The Goldman Sachs £10,000 Small Businesses UK programme is designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across the country. The programme consists of over 100 hours taught through a blend of online and in-person residential sessions and is being delivered in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Applications for 2016 are now open with a closing date of the 8 February 2016.
- Legislation to allow Police and Crime Commissioners to take responsibility for their local fire service
The Government will take forward legislation to enable PCCs to hold their local fire and rescue services to account. This is part of a raft of changes to bring about closer working between the police, fire and rescue and NHS ambulance services.
- The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy, figures published today reveal.
The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, with British musicians, artists, fashion brands and films immediately recognisable in nations across the globe. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy. Our Creative Industries are well and truly thriving and we are determined to ensure its continued growth and success.
- Northants praised by minister for superfast broadband roll-out
The minister for Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, came to Northampton to see the progress which had been made in the superfast broadband roll-out - which has so far reached over 57,000 homes and businesses, and aims to reach over 70,000 by 2017.
- Minister visits Northampton to see how community foundation is helping local causes
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson was shown a number of charitable projects in the town including The Mounts based Tools For Self-Reliance, Blackthorn Good Neighbours and the Good Loaf, a Northampton cafe which helps ex-offenders back into the world of work through learning to bake, while also generating its own income.
- UK manufacturing will continue to suffer in 2016, warns BCC
Manufacturing exports slumped at the end of last year, and will continue to suffer in 2016, leaving Britain with a two tier economy that relies on consumer spending to drive growth, a leading business group has warned.
- The skills gap that could bring business to a halt
The UK economy is heading towards “a crippling logistical crisis”, after new research reveals that the already chronic driver shortage is being underplayed, and is set to get even worse.
- Northamptonshire’s service firms lead local economy in the final quarter of 2015
Service sector firms in the county have been the main driver of growth in the local economy with many experiencing significant growth in UK sales in the last quarter of 2015, reveals Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).
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