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Business Growth Programme

October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021

The Business Growth Programme will enhance the resources of the existing Humber Business Growth Hub through the provision of a range of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to grow and become more productive.  It will encourage and support businesses to grow and develop by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client, including a detailed diagnostic and development of an action plan of support required to achieve growth objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts across a range of topics (see below)
  • A Leadership Development programme for senior leaders and managers within SMEs with a potential for growth
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on projects identified through one-to-one advice and support
  • Electronic delivery – development of a suite of webinars, online content, and information available through the Growth Hub Website

The programme will focus on delivering support in the following areas:

  • Business model, culture and structure
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Improving market and customer awareness and understanding
  • Sales process and pitch
  • Pricing
  • Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Resource Efficiency

Finance for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year programme of investment readiness support is focused on enabling SME businesses to access finance.

It provides an intensive Humber-wide programme of support through a network of specialist advisors and associated small grants scheme that will cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of SME beneficiary projects which will enable them to become investment ready.

The programme will:

  • Enable SMEs to take full advantage of the growth opportunities provided by the right package of finance
  • Deliver a comprehensive programme of workshops and masterclasses
  • Provide targeted grants (up to 40% of eligible costs) where part of a specific growth and investment strategy
  • Assist SMEs to understand investor requirements and develop corresponding strategy/business plans
  • Assist SMEs to understand and negotiate the financial support landscape
  • Provide specialist support in relation to company growth plans
  • Support the assembly of tailored packages of finance to aid SME growth and expansion
  • Grow awareness and understanding of the various finance options available including equity finance
  • Signpost to other relevant support, expertise and development opportunities

ICT for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year scheme will provide a programme of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to create and/or adopt new products and processes, improve productivity and business resilience by utilising ICT more effectively to support business growth.

It will encourage and support the uptake of digital technologies, build business confidence in the use of such technologies and extend understanding of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems and deliver increased business competitiveness. This will be achieved by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client and to develop an action plan of support required to achieve the objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on ICT projects identified through one-to-one advice and support from specialist ICT Advisors
  • Broadband vouchers to cover part of the cost of upgrading to faster broadband for new start businesses


Christmas cheer as East Yorkshire’s Little Wold Vineyard awarded first Growing Hull and East Yorkshire Grant

December 16, 2020

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has brought some Christmas cheer to a local vineyard with the first Growing Hull and East Yorkshire grant.

R.J. Wilson Ltd, owners of Little Wold Vineyard, in South Cave, has been awarded £40,495.77 towards creating their own in-house winery.

Not only will the grant support the Vineyard to expand their production capabilities, by creating an onsite winery with facility warehousing, but it will create two new roles at the business. The expansion will also give visitors

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Businesses across the Humber join forces to help young people take their first step on the career ladder

September 25, 2019

Regional businesses are a hosting an event to support both students and their parents in finding out how to make a young person’s career aspirations a reality.

The ‘Hire Me’ event, which takes place at locations in both Hull and Scunthorpe, will give those looking to take their first steps on the career ladder the chance to talk to employers and education providers for first-hand advice, as well as their parents and carers.

The event will include workshops on topics such as

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Humber LEP Humber Business Week Events 2019

May 22, 2019

Humber LEP is proud to once again be supporting Humber Business Week 2019 – while hosting engaging events to suit every kind of business.

Whether you’re a start-up, an SME or an established enterprise, or even if you’re just interested in the direction of the Humber region – the Humber LEP’s daily events will have something for you to sign up for.

As Business Week kicks off on Destination Monday on Monday, June 3rd, we invite you for a half-time team talk

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October E-Newsletter 2018

October 26, 2018

Read the latest updates from the Humber LEP in this month’s newsletter.

Click here.

LEP Business Development Manager first in the UK to pass Certification in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM)

July 26, 2018

Phil Glover (left) being presented the Certificate in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM) by Chris Page, Risk Consultant at OSL Risk Management.

Phil Glover, Business Development Manager for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has become the first in the UK Local Enterprise Partnership network to pass the Certification in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM).

CQRM is internationally recognised by the IIPER awarding body and provides the expertise to quantify and manage complex risk scenarios.

The course was delivered in person by Jonathan Munn, a

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Hull Business Gets Northern Powerhouse Investment Funding For Moodbeam Device

June 21, 2018

A Hull healthtech start-up which has developed an award-winning device to enhance mental wellbeing has secured a £200,000 investment from NPIF-Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Moodbeam’s wearable device allows users to log their mood and monitor their emotional wellbeing – or that of their children, students, patients or employees. The device, which links to an online and mobile platform, gives insights into how moods change over time,

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June E-Newsletter 2018

June 20, 2018

Read the latest news from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in our newsletter here.

Speakers announced for summit to launch blueprint for future of the Humber

May 31, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced the speakers for a key event next week where it will launch its blueprint for the next phase of the development of the Energy Estuary and the wider Humber economy.

The LEP is developing an Industrial Strategy for the region, which will set out how the Humber can grow key industry sectors.  It will build on the successful development of the Humber’s offshore wind cluster, and the potential for SMEs in sectors like

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Humber CIPD Network and the Humber LEP – helping to transform the Humber

April 10, 2018

The Humber branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is once again working in partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver their annual conference during Humber Business Week (week commencing 4th June 2018).

Named ‘Transforming the Humber 2018 – thriving in a candidate-led market’, this stimulating and informative event will focus on how we can grow a sustainable and skilled workforce in the region by attracting talent, exploring alternative retention practices and sharing research and

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column – Celebrating the businesses that are Disability Confident

April 10, 2018

The Government has committed to a long term national Industrial Strategy to create an economy that boosts productivity and competitiveness.

To support this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has continued to work with projects and partners such as the ‘This-Ability’ Partnership to aid businesses in creating a more inclusive workplace, and to provide vital experience for learners and potential employees of all abilities.

The This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and exciting awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the great strides

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European Funding For Rural Business Event

January 24, 2018

An upcoming workshop will help ensure local businesses don’t miss out on current EU funding opportunities.

On Wednesday 21 February, a free workshop will take place in Driffield showcasing European funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural businesses in the Humber.

Among the funding programmes to be discussed is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which is making in excess of £2 million available for projects focused on food processing, rural business development and rural tourism infrastructure (including tourism accommodation)

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Construction firm set to build its business with £100k funding

October 31, 2017

A Hull company which provides construction services to the social housing sector has secured £100,000 funding for expansion from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Westlinks Joiners and Locksmiths Ltd undertake major renovation, maintenance and adaptation work for a wide variety of commercial and public sector clients, housing associations and charities.  The company has undertaken various major projects including a significant role in the Building Schools for the Future programme. Established in 2007 by

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October E-Newsletter 2017

October 6, 2017

Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) e-newsletter for October 2017 here.

To keep up to date with the latest news coming out of the Humber LEP and from across the Humber region, sign up to receive our e-newsletter here.

Chinese delegation focuses on the Humber

September 22, 2017

Phil Glover, Humber Growth Hub Programme Manager (fourth from left) with delegates from Qingdao, China at Modal Training Centre, Immingham

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomed a delegation of government officials from Qingdao, China as part of a UK and China marine company mission.

Delegates were greeted at the Guildhall in Hull, before heading to Modal Training Centre in Immingham on Tuesday 19th September, where the guests were shown around the facility and its state-of-the-art training simulators in ports,

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Speakers announced for the Charter Institute of Marketing sessions at ‘Growth Hub Live’

May 25, 2017

The Humber Business Growth Hub has pulled together a fantastic programme of speakers for the ‘Growth Hub Live’ events during Humber Business Week, for which three more have been added.

The two events during Humber Business Week will take place at Hull University, Canham Turner Building on June 6th and at Forest Pines Hotel, North Lincolnshire on June 8th.

The three speakers added the Charter Institute of Marketing sessions are:

– Dr Nadine Waehning, Marketing Lecturer at York St John University (University of

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Humber LEP at the UK Northern Powerhouse Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017

February 17, 2017

The Humber LEP will be flying the flag for the region at the UK Northern Powerhouse Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017, Manchester, next week (21 and 22 February).

As part of the ‘LEP Zone’ at the Exhibition, the Humber LEP will be promoting the Humber and its growing reputation as the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’. The LEP will be seeking to highlight the opportunities for investment in the area and tell the story of positive change in the region.

Andrew Percy MP, Northern

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Humber LEP appoints new Small Business Champion

January 17, 2017

The Humber LEP is pleased to announce the appointment of current Board member, Graham Cross, as its new Small Business Champion.

Graham has sat on the Humber LEP’s Board since May 2015, as a representative of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The role of Small Business Champion is to represent small businesses on the Humber LEP Board, and ensure that their needs are considered in the decision making of the LEP.

Graham is the founder and Managing Director of GXD Logistics

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Progress in The Humber Report 2016

December 21, 2016

Our Growth Hub team have commissioned an Economic Report of Progress in The Humber, from September 2016.

Read the PDF document here; Progress in The Humber Report 2016

Humber LEP submits £49.5m round three Growth Deal bid

August 3, 2016

The Humber LEP has submitted its bid for the next round of Government funding through the Growth Deal.

Under the Growth Deals round 3, England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships are competing for a share of £1.8bn to support projects in their areas that boost local economic growth and create jobs. The money forms part of the Government’s £12bn Local Growth Fund.

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Yorkshire Post LEP column: We must work even harder to find Humber ‘one voice’ for powerhouse

July 5, 2016

Just two Fridays before the Brexit vote, as part of Humber Business Week 2016, more than 300 representatives from businesses and organisations in the Humber listened to speakers and debated as part of panel discussions how the Humber should define its role in the Northern Powerhouse.

Businesses want ‘one voice’, a plan with a strong vision that builds on the Humber’s strengths outlining our proposition in the north, and to agree a ‘list of asks’ to help make it happen.

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Investments on track to add £1.42bn to Humber economy by end of Parliament

June 10, 2016

Projects and programmes invested in by the Humber LEP and delivered by partners are on track to add £1.42bn to the Humber economy by the end of 2019/20 – a return of £5 GVA benefit for every £1 invested.

As part of this 12,050 gross FTE jobs will be created, 600 safeguarded and 62,228 properties will have reduced flood risk.

An impact assessment which forms part of the LEP’s Annual Review 2015/16 – launched on Friday 10 June – shows investments to

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Siemens chief and more panellists add their voice to Humber Summit

June 3, 2016

One the region’s largest recent investors will speak at the Humber Northern Powerhouse Business Summit on Friday 10 June at the University of Hull.

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK, will speak to introduce the themed discussion of trade, investment and creating wealth at the event which will look at the Humber’s role in the Northern Powerhouse.

Organised by the Humber LEP with headline sponsor Andrew Jackson and support from Bondholders and, the event will see our facilitator renowned business journalist

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