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Loughborough University launches business start-up accelerator programme

Loughborough University has partnered with Charnwood Borough Council to launch an exciting new programme that aims to help local people working on unique, early-stage products or services bring their vision to life. Established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the business start-up accelerator aims to develop a new generation of businesses rooted in Loughborough that are resilient to future challenges.

Get £4,000 for taking on an apprentice until 30 September 2021.

The Government is offering your business £4,000 if you take on an apprentice between now and the end of September; that’s an additional £3,000 on top of the £1,000 they were already offering. If you took on apprentices after 1 April this year, you can also get £4,000 for them as long as they are between 16 and 18.  (If they have additional needs and have an EHCP or have…

New package of measures to support road haulage industry

A package of measures to help tackle the HGV driver shortage has been announced by the government. In an open letter to the road haulage sector, ministers have pledged to work with industry leaders to attract new drivers, simplify training and encourage people to stay in the industry.

Get free expert support to sharpen your pitching skills to secure investment in your business

Innovate UK EDGE Pitchfest supports innovative and ambitious UK small to medium sized businesses to get investment-ready and develop their investor pitch to help raise finance. “It’s a great experience and I would recommend it to every entrepreneur looking for investment. It provides a wealth of information and a good insight into the investment world.” What does Innovate UK EDGE Pitchfest offer? Two-days of comprehensive pitch training Access to leading…