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Humber businesses benefit from new service fusing together local job seekers and employers

July 1, 2020

Employers, charities and community organisations from across the Humber region are taking advantage of the recently launched Humber Jobs Fuse, a service providing free support for local job seekers affected by the coronavirus and employers with skills gaps.

The Humber Jobs Fuse uses professional careers advisers from the National Careers Service to connect job seekers with organisations who have positions to fill. Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Ltd, an international fibres manufacturer, are one of the 11 organisations to have so far used

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Fire Safety Guidance for Businesses During COVID-19

June 15, 2020

The latest government guidelines will see many more shops and businesses reopening from 15 June. The return to some sort of normality will be critical to employers, but the fire safety of staff and customers alike should play a ‘key’ part in the ‘unlock’ plan. 

On return to your premises, it may be necessary to review and update the premises’ Fire Risk Assessment to ensure it is current and reflects the way the premises will be operating going forward.

Points to be considered may include (not exhaustive):

Where staffing

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Specialist webinars and grants on offer for Humber businesses reopening after Covid

June 10, 2020

The Humber Business Growth Hub is hosting a number of fully-funded, free to access online webinars offering businesses expert advice about reopening after Covid-19 and the steps to take to ensure their staff and customers stay safe.

As part of the #GrowMySME scheme, the webinars will focus on businesses across; factories and warehouses, offices, remote working environments such as construction sites, and retail, leisure and hospitality.

Led by specialists in each area, SMEs will get valuable advice and guidance on what they

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Essential workers across the Humber now have access to 1,000 face shields thanks to joint partnership

May 20, 2020

Essential workers now have access to 1,000 face shields, which have been made available across the Humber community thanks to Ron Dearing UTC, the Humber LEP and the Humber Local Resilience Forum.

Ron Dearing UTC, Hull’s employer-led school, has been working with the local business community and education establishments to design and manufacture the protective equipment.
The school has worked in partnership with local companies including G.F Smith, Ideal Boilers, Luxinar Lasers and the University of Hull’s Aura Innovation Centre to produce

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How Red Herring Games Adapted Quickly to Coronavirus Challenges

May 6, 2020

Humber LEP’s Business Champion discusses how her business diversified to not only meet challenges of the coronavirus lockdown – but to thrive.

Jo Smedley is the Humber LEP’s Small Business Champion and sits on both our Board and Business Development Board.

Her company, Red Herring Games, is an events business focusing on murder mystery events. Before the lockdown, the business provided DIY kits for groups of six or more people to enjoy at home, as well as mail order games for people

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Humber Businesses Urged to Apply for Government Grants

April 17, 2020

Thousands of Humber businesses who are missing out on cash grants are being urged to ensure they are applying for all the funding they are eligible for.

The Government has set up two grant schemes for businesses – a grant of up to £10,000 for small businesses of all sectors that are in receipt of small business or rural business rate relief, and a grant of up to £25,000 for those in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors.

These grants are available

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Humber Jobs Fuse launched to help employers and individuals with employment challenges during the coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020

A new service is helping those made jobless as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Humber get back into employment – while supporting key regional employers with gaps in their staffing due to the pandemic, such as those in the care sector.

Humber Jobs Fuse, a joint service created by the Humber LEP, The Education Development Trust (a prime contractor for the National Careers Service in Yorkshire and the Humber), the Department for Work and Pensions, the four Humber

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Coronavirus Community Support website created to co-ordinate calls for help from business community

April 7, 2020

A new website to co-ordinate Humber businesses’ contributions to the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been launched today.

The ‘Coronavirus Community Support’ hub has been created by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help match the growing number of requests being made for businesses to help, and the offers of support coming in from the region’s businesses.

The website lists details of the support being requested by public sector and community organisations involved in the coronavirus response.  Requests include

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Scale of Business Support Sought Across the Humber Revealed

March 31, 2020

Thousands of businesses from across the region have sought support from business advisors during the coronavirus crisis.

In figures released by the Humber LEP, just over 2,000 businesses contacted its local business advisors last week alone.

The LEP’s Humber Business Growth Hub has 18 full time advisors based within local authorities across the East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, and at e-Factor Group Ltd in North East Lincolnshire. Business Advisors specialising in finance, ICT, supply chain and generalist business support have all been

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Humber organisations join forces to support businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak

March 23, 2020

The Humber LEP, the four Humber Local Authorities and membership and business support organisations from across the Humber have joined forces to co-ordinate the local response to the economic impact of the coronavirus.

A new region-wide economic resilience group is now meeting weekly to pool information on the issues affecting businesses, share resources and ensure businesses can access support.

The Humber LEP is providing daily briefings on local and national support initiatives so that all organisations talking to Humber businesses have access

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Humber LEP initiates first phase of support for businesses facing challenges in wake of the coronavirus

March 17, 2020


Growth Hub Advisers available for telephone triage consultations
Grants available from today to support SMEs with the purchase of ICT equipment to enable homeworking, and procurement of contingency & crisis management advice and support
Online workshops will be held in the coming days and weeks on issues related to business resilience, cashflow management, and home working methods.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) has issued its initial support measures for the region’s businesses facing tough trading conditions in the wake of the

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