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SMART Grants and the Biomedical Catalyst funding competitions from Innovate UK

Innovate UK have two sets of grants available to support innovation among SMEs. SMART Grants Application deadline: 26 October 2022  Funding available: £100,000 – £2 million project costs; up to 70% funded. Open to all industry sectors – projects must be game-changing, and world leading ideas, designed for swift, successful commercialisation. Ideas need to be genuinely new and novel, not just disruptive within their sector. Projects must be led by SME…

New hive of activity for local buzz-ness

A former engineer obsessed by bees, who decided to change his career overnight, has become beekeeper to more than five million honeybees across Leicestershire. After 30 years as an engineer and following two strokes, Nigel Collier knew he needed to look for a new career and turned a hobby into a dream career. Making his first jar of honey in 2014, the 52-year-old from Measham launched Temple Bees in 2020.

NatWest Accelerator Programme CLOSING SOON for applications

Enterprise is an area that clearly defines NatWest. As the UK’s biggest bank for business, we understand that SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy and that we have a responsibility to help them build back better. At the heart of our support for business owners is our comprehensive Accelerator programme including fully funded coaching, insight and mentoring specifically designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who want to grow…

Free Fire Safety Workshops for Business

On Thursday 1 September Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are co-hosting two FREE Business Fire Safety Workshops with our colleagues from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Fire Protection Teams. These virtual workshops will help business owners and managers to understand their legal responsibilities and duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The virtual workshops will run from 10:00am an 6:00pm and will last for approximately one hour. The virtual workshops are…