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The Humber LEP successfully bid for £87.67m from the European Commission.  From 2014 to 2020 this money will be allocated to businesses across the Humber to stimulate growth and job creation.

The money is sourced from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Fund for Agricultural and Rural Development (EAFRD). When the LEP submitted its bid for the funding, it outlined the business areas where the money would be spent.

The LEP submitted our initial strategy for the use of ESIF in October 2013 with outlines the Humber areas plans for spending £87.67m up to 2020 using European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Fund for Agricultural and Rural Development (EAFRD) monies. Representatives from businesses which are interested in applying to the Funds are invited to attend one or both workshops on Thursday 15th January 2015, at the Country Park Inn in Hessle.

The morning session will concentrate on ERDF and consider: business support for small and medium sized enterprises, including social enterprises; financial support for businesses; flood risk alleviation and social housing retrofit.

The afternoon workshop will focus on: ESF and cover the Youth Employment Initiative (Hull only)1; skills development; access to employment and social enterprise development, including skills development.

Isobel Mills, Chair of the Shadow Humber LEP Area ESIF Committee said “Negotiations between the UK Government and the European Commission are making good progress on the full eligibility criteria for projects which can be funded through the European Structural Investment Funds. We want organisations in the Humber area to help shape projects to ensure that they meet local needs and raise awareness of the opportunities of which European money could bring to the area.”

There is no charge to attend either or both workshops, but participants must register in advance at:

Morning workshop

Afternoon workshop



1 Money secured for the Youth Employment Initiative is ring fenced exclusively for projects in Hull.  For more details see

‘The Humber Technical Assistance project (Phase 2) is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit’