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Extra support available for Humber tourism businesses affected by Covid-19

January 7, 2021

The Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub is inviting businesses in the Humber’s visitor economy to apply to a 100% funded grant scheme to support with Covid-19 business recovery.

First launched in September 2020, the “Kickstarting Tourism” grant scheme has awarded grants to more than 85 businesses to date, and with limited funding remaining, the Growth Hub is encouraging eligible businesses to register and then apply for the grant scheme now the portal has re-opened.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available, and

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Brand new Start Up Support Service will help budding entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground

November 27, 2020

Dedicated support for start-up businesses is now available from the Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub.

The Start Up Support Service (SUSS), is completely free and designed for anyone who is thinking about starting up their own business, or for any start up business that has been operating for less than a year.

The service provides:

• One-to-one support from Start Up Advisors
• Workshops covering Business Planning, Bookkeeping & Funding, Sales & Marketing, and Business Regulations
• In-depth Masterclasses covering various topics
• Support from peers

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Procurement Opportunity: Humber Peer Networks Programme

September 24, 2020

Procurement Opportunity: Humber Peer Networks Programme

The Humber LEP Business Growth Hub is seeking to commission suppliers to deliver a Humber Peer Networks Programme.

Peer Networks is a national initiative funded by the Department for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy that is being delivered locally through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and their respective Growth Hubs.  The programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges.

The Invitation

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Growth Hub Expansion to Help Catalyse Covid-19 Recovery

August 18, 2020

 The Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub has been allocated almost £850,000 of new funding to help support the economic recovery of businesses in the Humber.

This funding forms part of the Humber LEP’s updated Coronavirus delivery plan – which sets out how the LEP will prioritise existing resources to work with our partners to help the Humber’s businesses and people through the next phase of the COVID-19 economic impact.

Split across three new support services, the funding will help businesses in the

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Procurement Opportunity – Covid-19 and EU Exit Business Needs & Opportunities Analyses for the Humber LEP Business Growth Hub

August 10, 2020

The Humber LEP Business Growth Hub is seeking to commission suppliers to undertake Covid-19 and EU-Exit Business Needs & Opportunities Analyses and Action Plans with medium and large sized businesses.

Given that the global pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the business community and the impending EU Exit on 01 January 2021 will impact further on businesses, the Growth Hub seeks to undertake reviews with medium and large companies in the Humber, to understand the business needs and opportunities

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Humber Business Growth Hub Supports Thousands of Businesses in the Past Year

July 10, 2020

Almost 3,000 businesses from across the Humber region were supported by the Humber LEP’s Business Growth Hub in the last year.

Overall, 2,972 businesses received either light, medium or high intensity support from the Hub from April 2019 – March 2020, which was an increase of 149 businesses from the year before. In addition, businesses that worked with the Growth Hub in 2019-20 were able to go on to secure £7.1M of private sector investment to enable their growth plans.

Throughout the

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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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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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Growing Humber Businesses Urged to Apply for Scale-Up Scheme for Support to Succeed Despite Coronavirus Challenges

April 23, 2020

Humber Businesses who were in a position to ‘scale up’ before the coronavirus hit could become more resilient, access new markets, and set new targets for their businesses with the support of the Scale-Up Business Development Programme.

The first cohort on the Scale-Up programme

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Business Growth Hub’s Scale Up programme has supported several cohorts of Humber businesses who needed support to grow their operations since launching in October 2019.

The Scale-Up Business Development Programme had

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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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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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The Growth Hub is recruiting a business advisor

March 23, 2020

The Growth Hub is recruiting a business advisor.

Are you someone who enjoys working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support them in their growth?

Our delivery partner North Lincolnshire Council are looking for a candidate with experience of assisting business of all sectors and maturity to achieve growth and create new employment opportunities via the provision of 1-2-1 advice, support and guidance. You must be well versed in analysing business plans, identifying barriers to a business’s growth, working with business

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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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Growth Hub Workshop Tendering Opportunity

November 21, 2019

A new tendering opportunity is open to businesses that can deliver a workshop programme for the Growth Hub.

The Humber Business Growth Hub (HBGH) #GrowMySME programme is seeking the delivery of a Workshop programme to SME owners and employees across the Humber LEP Region. The workshop programme will involve the provision of a series of one day (8 hours), half day (4 hours) face-to-face workshops plus One to One and One to Many Masterclasses (2 hours). The #GrowMySME workshop programme is

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Time to Scale Up – Humber Businesses invited to Business Breakfast Summits

October 7, 2019

A brand new programme designed to help ambitious businesses take their next steps to scale and grow at pace will be launched in the Humber this month.

The Humber Business Growth Hub’s new Scale-Up Business Development Programme has been designed to support established businesses that are ready to scale up their operations.

This exciting new programme – a specialist strand of the Growth Hub’s Business Growth Scheme – will provide tailored support to business owners, leaders and senior managers, that will include

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Growing the Humber Case Study: KV Transfix Ltd

August 23, 2019

The Humber LEP visited KV Transix Ltd in Driffield to find out how a Growing the Humber grant helped them to purchase innovative new equipment, which supported them to become a more successful and competitive business and allowed them to grow as a company.


The new press break machine


Business name: KV Transfix Ltd, Kelleythorpe Industrial Estate, Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Business overview: KV Transfix Limited are designers and manufacturers of specialist and bespoke component parts for automised vehicles across a varied

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Humber Business Growth Hub supports thousands of businesses across the last 12 months

July 8, 2019

More than 2,800 businesses across the region received support to help them develop from the Humber Business Growth Hub last year.

This brings the total number of businesses supported by the scheme to 9,342 since the Growth Hub was established by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 2014.

This business support comes in ‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘high’ intensity assistance, with some businesses receiving over 12 hours of dedicated one-to-one advisor support to help with their growth plans. Delivered through a network

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£6 million boost for SMEs in the Humber region

October 23, 2018

Growing businesses in the Humber will be able to access assistance offered as part of more than £6 million of European funding as three unique projects are launched in November.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region could benefit from the three schemes offering one-to-one support, workshops / masterclasses and grants after the Humber Business Growth Hub was awarded the funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The projects will be launched at a series of free events across the

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