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LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub: A One-Stop Shop for Business Development

At the Business Gateway, our primary goal is to empower you to achieve long-term success and growth for your business. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, we’re here to provide guidance and support.

We’ve brought together the best of local, regional, and national business support services all in one convenient location. This approach allows us to provide you with tailored advice and insights that are specific to your business needs. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you succeed by providing you with access to the tools, resources, and expertise you need to achieve your business goals.

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Made Smarter East Midlands Welcomes Government’s £4.5 Billion Investment in Manufacturing

Made Smarter East Midlands welcomes the recent government announcement, delivered by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the Autumn Statement on 22nd November 2023, who confirmed; “(the Government) will make available £4.5 billion of support over the 5 years to 2030 to attract investment into strategic manufacturing sectors.”

Workforce would benefit from green skills training, new report advises

Upskilling and training will be required to get Leicester and Leicestershire’s workforce up to speed with green skills, a new report advises. The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) released the Green Skills Report in partnership with Leicestershire County Council.

New multi-million pound Programme helps British SMEs lead the way on net zero air travel

The new ATI SME Programme will provide up to £10 million per year in funding opportunities for UK aerospace SMEs’ cutting-edge R&D projects. Cutting-edge British aerospace companies are set to benefit from a new multi-million pound SME Programme that will secure high-skilled jobs and help the UK lead the way on greener air travel.

BLOG: Empowering JIG UK Ltd’s Innovation and Growth Through Digital Transformation

JIG UK Ltd. specialises in crafting customised cast iron radiators and bathroom products, catering to plumbing merchants, radiator retailers, and direct consumers. Recognising the need to enhance their manufacturing operations, JIG embarked on a journey to boost productivity and capacity. Embracing the principles of lean manufacturing, they collaborated with Made Smarter East Midlands, a regional programme that is part of a national initiative to drive industrial digital technology adoption. Challenges…