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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

Hull Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2022

The aim of Community Led Local Development is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

Hull’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme is providing grant funding support to projects which help people in Hull to access and create economic opportunities through the following key priorities outlined in the Local Development Strategy:

  • Targeted training in key work-related skills
  • Making it easier to find and access work
  • Growing Integrated Community Hubs
  • Supporting local and community businesses
  • Joined up support to increase household incomes

The first competitive grant round has now closed with the second opening in January 2019.

The programme is being led by Hull City Council, with Humber Learning Consortium providing support for the grant administration process.

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

North Lincolnshire Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2021

The aim of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

The North Lincolnshire CLLD programme is focused on effecting community-led social and economic development in the three most deprived areas of Scunthorpe.  A Local Action Group (LAG) has been created from representatives of the voluntary community sector, public sector, private sector and local individuals which will encourage projects to apply for funding to deliver projects which meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Priority Objective 1: to address health and disability including mental health as a barrier to employment
  • Priority Objective 2: to support entrepreneurship through pre-start support and support for micro and small enterprises in the CLLD area including social enterprises
  • Priority Objective 3: to support particular disadvantaged groups into labour market participation
  • Priority Objective 4: to deliver early intervention activity which will raise aspirations within communities and address worklessness and deprivation
  • Priority Objective 5: to stimulate local level collaboration amongst local residents, the public, private and vol/com sectors, small businesses and other stakeholder


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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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Partnership work key to funding business growth in the Humber

May 10, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its Growth Hub works with a number of partners to provide support for businesses in the region.

There are some excellent examples of how different types of funding and support have allowed businesses of different sizes and sector the opportunity to grow.

Recently, working with partners the Humber LEP has been able to guide and fund the growth of businesses in a number of sectors, with a particular focus on equity funding.

Words by Kishor Tailor,

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Calls for climate change projects in the Humber now live

March 14, 2018

Calls for project’s promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the Humber have been published on the website.

A morning event will be held on Tuesday 20th March at Market Weighton Business Centre, to provide attendees with details of current opportunities for applying for ERDF funding in the Humber and YNYER LEP areas.

Please use the eventbrite link below for more details and to book a place.

ERDF Calls Launch and Application Workshop

Registration from 9 am, workshop to start at

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Humber LEP guide to Growing the Humber

December 8, 2017

Want to find out more about the Growing the Humber scheme?

Our Investment Programme Manager, Karen Oliver-Spry has provided some clear answers on the basics of the grant scheme, in this step-by-step guide.

What is the purpose of the programme?

Growing the Humber is a business investment scheme which aims to stimulate business growth, investment and job creation around the Humber.

The £8m Local Growth Fund programme builds on the previous £30m Regional Growth Fund and £4m Local Growth Fund programmes to offer grants

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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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EU funding survey

September 7, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking local organisations to get involved in work to understand the impact the loss of EU funding will have on the Humber.

This survey forms part of the research by the Humber LEP looking at how EU structural funds have been used in the past, the pros and cons of the funding’s objectives and rules, and lessons learned.

The results will be used as part of the case for the Humber to have replacement funding

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£4.1m EU funding calls launched for the Humber

September 7, 2017

A further £4.1m of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) has now been made available for applications.  Organisations are invited to apply for ESIF funding by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will provide Innovation and business support infrastructure in the Humber.

Four calls for projects have been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government utilising funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The Calls for projects are now open until 10 November for the following activities:


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Award-winning video advertiser receives funding boost from Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

September 5, 2017

An award-winning Hull-based video advertising start-up has secured funding from NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.

Ash TV, a Tech North Northern Star 2016 award winner, will use the investment to hire additional staff to support its ambitious growth plans. It is the first investment in Humber by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.

The company was founded in 2014 by Ash Lewis, who has a background in programming and over 10 years’ experience working in online advertising for some of the UK’s largest consumer

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Hull audio-visual firm receives £100k investment from NPIF

September 5, 2017

Electric String, the Hull-based audio-visual systems specialist, has secured a £100k loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). This is the first investment in Humber by the NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance.

The investment follows a number of new contract wins at Electric String, which designs and installs bespoke systems for homes, corporate spaces and luxury yachts.

The company now plans to expand its 17-strong team with the appointment of an engineer and business development manager. Founded in 2010 by

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) work with Humber-based engineering firm

September 5, 2017

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has facilitated £250,000 worth of debt funding to Humber-based engineering firm Allied Protek Engineering Solutions.


Based in Grimsby, Allied Protek is an engineering specialist, providing a full project management package including design, engineering, installation and maintenance for clients in the food, drink, fine chemicals and pharma sectors.


The investment was made by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance, an NPIF product fund-managed by Enterprise Ventures, and will provide Allied Protek with the working capital to support

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Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund announced

August 4, 2017

The Government has invited LEPs across the North to put forward projects for new funding to support cultural regeneration.

The £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will make grants of up to £4m available to projects identified through a competitive bidding process, with each of the 11 Northern Powerhouse LEPs invited to put forward a single project.

The Humber LEP will announce details of how local organisations can propose potential projects in the coming weeks.

The deadline for LEPs to put forward projects is

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£8.1m Business Loan Fund is unlocking growth

June 22, 2017

Stephen Savage, Vice Chair of Humber LEP (left), Karen Oliver-Spry, Programme Officer, Humber LEP (centre) and David Sinclair, Curator, Humber Street Gallery (right).

The Humber LEP’s Business Loan Fund is helping businesses in the Humber undertake investment, unlock stalled projects and bring forward development.

The £8.1m revolving fund uses the Humber’s allocation of Growing Places Funding to support capital projects that benefit the local economy and reinvests returns into future projects. The Humber Business Loan Fund will support capital development

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Second Round of ESF Community Grants – Now Open for Applications

October 18, 2016

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 2016-2018 and are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of funding.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The programme is benefitting from investment through the Humber

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