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20th April 2024

Base 51 charity receives funding from Global’s Make Some Noise to expand OutBurst, its LGBTQIA+ Youth Club

Base 51, Nottingham’s leading youth charity, is excited to relaunch OutBurst, its LGBTQIA+ youth group, with an expanded service in April 2024.
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16th April 2024

Eddisons secures £1.2m funding for Derby schools buildings improvements

Property consultant Eddisons has secured more than £1.2m of funding on behalf of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust, which runs seven primary schools in Derby, to improve buildings across four of its schools in the city.
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9th April 2024

New Talent and Innovation Grants on offer to help local businesses take advantage of university expertise and drive innovation

Nottingham-based businesses are being offered the chance to access the wealth of talent and expertise available through the two universities on their doorstep
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28th March 2024

Derby-based heart health screening company secures £25,000 funding to launch a new stroke screening service

Your Heart Scan, a Derby-based heart health screening company, has secured £25,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to purchase a specialised machine for the launching of a new ser
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24th March 2024

Lewisham Council Awarded £132,000 in funding to Combat Air Pollution Near Schools

Lewisham Council has received £132,532 in funding from Round 4 of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. This funding will be used to introduce a new Roadvent in the borough.
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20th March 2024

EDGE delivers first football foundation playzone under new framework

The Premier League, The FA and government’s Football Foundation has opened the first PlayZone in Normanton Park, Derby, thanks to a £180k grant from the UK’s biggest sports charity.
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20th March 2024

Transition begins after LLEP helps bring £860m into Leicester and Leicestershire

The impact of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) over the last 13 years was celebrated during an event at the National Space Centre.
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12th March 2024

Funding to train next generation of chemists to take the East Midlands towards net zero

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have been awarded funding for a centre that will train chemists of the future to find new ways to decarbonise manufacturing sectors, and help the East Midlands achieve its net zero target.
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12th March 2024

Funding award for Nottingham project set to reduce CO2 emissions through AI

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have received a share of one billion pounds for a project aiming to reduce CO2 emissions through the creation of an AI model that will improve the accuracy of short-range weather forecasting for photovoltaic (PV
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26th February 2024

MEIF Maven Debt Finance celebrates 100th funding milestone with nationwide home staging firm

A home staging firm, based in Melbourne, Derbyshire, has secured £250,000 backing from MEIF Maven Debt Finance, which is part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), and backed by the British Business Bank (“BBB”) to accelerate the continued growth
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22nd February 2024

Investment provides ingredients to bring new products to the table

Investment in the latest technology and equipment will allow experts at the University of Nottingham to enhance support for East Midlands food and drink businesses.
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15th February 2024

Lincolnshire Institute of Technology secures additional £2.5 million investment

The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (LIoT) has secured a further £2.5m investment from the second phase of the HigherTechnical Education Skills Injection fund after securing an initial £500,000 in the first round.
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15th February 2024

£7m of finance provided to 18-24-year-old entrepreneurs in the East Midlands with Start Up Loans programme support

Start Up Loans, part of the British Business Bank, today announces that it has provided more than £100m worth of funding to business owners aged between 18-24 years old, equating to more than 15,000 loans since the programme launched in 2012. 
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13th February 2024

Leicestershire-based paint spraying facility secures £7,000 funding for a dynamic start

Technicoat, a Leicestershire-based paint spraying facility, has secured £7,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to kickstart the business.
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7th February 2024

Quantum investment in brain imaging for dementia

University of Nottingham spin-out company Cerca Magnetics has been awarded £2m as part of £45 million government investment in the UK's quantum sector for wearable brain imaging research to help detect early signs of dementia.
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6th February 2024

Derby-based physiotherapy and sports massage clinic secures £30,000 funding to open a new site

Moko Physiotherapy, a Derbyshire based physiotherapy and sports massage clinic, has secured £30,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme, to refurbish its new premises.
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1st February 2024

Bank of England holds interest rates at 5.25% - but Chamber hopes cuts could be on the horizon

East Midlands Chamber hopes interest rate cuts could be coming this spring or summer after the Bank of England decided to maintain UK rates at 5.25% as part of its ongoing commitment to curb inflation.
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24th January 2024

Great North Road (GNR) Solar Park could generate £1 million a year in community funding for Newark

Around £1m-a-year in funding could be made available to local community projects as part of the proposed Great North Road (GNR) Solar Park.
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23rd January 2024

Family removals firm expands self storage facility offering by 15%

East Midlands removals and storage firm, Ballards, has invested in additional sustainable storage containers across its Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire sites.
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23rd January 2024

Abacus adds to remarkable expansion with new site

Pioneering Leicestershire firm Abacus Flooring Solutions has announced its imminent move to bigger premises following an incredible year of continued growth. 
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18th January 2024

Local businesses encouraged to grow in 2024 with government scheme

Small and medium-sized businesses in Leicestershire are being urged to take advantage of a government-funded scheme designed to boost leadership skills and business performance in 2024.
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19th December 2023

New Primary School Programme to Help Children Dream Big

Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership are rolling out a new primary school careers programme funded by the Department for Education and the national Careers and Enterprise Company. 
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19th December 2023

Barwood and Premcor reach practical completion for major new Nottingham logistics scheme

Construction of a significant new logistics facility in Nottingham has reached practical completion, delivering 362,289 sq ft of warehouse and distribution space.
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19th December 2023

Domestic abuse charity's £3M boost to buy its own properties to support survivors

Nottingham's largest domestic abuse organisation, Juno Women’s Aid, has received ‘life-changing’ funding of more than £3m to buy a string of safe properties for the survivors it helps.
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19th December 2023

Subsidence specialist secures seven-figure loan for acquisition plans

A fast-growing Midlands-based business which specialises in subsidence monitoring has secured a  seven-figure debt funding package from Frontier Development Capital (FDC) to support its acquisition plans.
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13th December 2023

New funding programme launched to accelerate healthcare innovation in the East Midlands

Medilink Midlands and Health Innovation East Midlands (formerly East Midlands Academic Health Science Network - EMAHSN) have joined forces to launch a new programme designed to support and accelerate health innovations in the region.
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5th December 2023

Leicestershire-based professional horse rider and trainer secures £25,000 to acquire a horse and essential equipment

A sports horse training and sales company, MJF Equestrian, has secured £25,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, from the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme, to purchase a horse to train, as well as to purchase specialised eq
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4th December 2023

Midlands Engine Investment Fund delivers £250m in direct investment for region’s businesses

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), delivered by the British Business Bank, has achieved a milestone of £250m in direct investment for Midlands businesses.  
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30th November 2023

Multi-million funding injection for University of Nottingham facility brings net zero one step closer to reality

The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Loughborough University, has been selected to receive a significant funding boost from East Midlands Freeport to accelerate the translation of zero carbon research into high-impact commercial and policy
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29th November 2023

£3m funding secured to deliver ‘game-changing’ new approach to skills development in Leicestershire

Further education colleges across Leicester and Leicestershire have been successful in securing £3m in Government funding to enable them to a respond to an East Midlands Chamber-led skills initiative published last summer.
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27th November 2023

More contracts on the horizon as Lincolnshire-based scaffolding company secures over £14,000 funding

Grey Wolf Scaffolding, a scaffolding service company based in Lincolnshire, has secured over £14,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme, to increase its stocks and further grow the
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21st November 2023

Blueprint Interiors complete six figure refurb of showroom to satisfy five generations of workforce

Workplace consultants and commercial office fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors has completed another six figure refurbishment of its showroom in Ashby de la Zouch.
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21st November 2023

Leicester metalwork firm shares optimism for year ahead following period of sustained growth

Leicester-based metalwork firm, ADS Laser Cutting, has expressed optimism for the year ahead following a period of strong sustained growth and unprecedented investment in its team and equipment.  The business has a vision to reach a turnover of £20m withi
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14th November 2023

Leicestershire building society on point with forward thinking office move

Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS) has announced plans to move to a new head office as part of its ambitious growth plans, and in a show of its ongoing commitment to its community is pledging to offer meeting and event space to local groups and cha
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14th November 2023

Nottingham’s Chartwell House refurb supported with loan from Assetz Capital

Assetz Capital are pleased to announce a further Loan completion in support of its longest borrower, Taj Ubhi and the 9 Property Group Limited (“the borrower”). 
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13th November 2023

East Midlands based first aid training provider secures £5,000 funding for local training hub

Nottingham and Derby based first aid training provider, Mini First Aid Nottingham and Derby has landed £5,000 in funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to invest in their premises. 
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10th November 2023

Autumn Statement provides ‘huge opportunity’ for Government to kickstart sluggish growth, says Chamber

Commenting on the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing there was zero growth in UK GDP in Q3 (July to September) 2023, East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said:
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9th November 2023

Nottingham innovation project selected for international competition

A collaborative innovation project involving the University of Nottingham, which aims to create a portable facility that can convert waste into chemicals to be used to build medical devices, has been awarded €1.5 million as part of an international compet
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9th November 2023

UK SMEs would benefit from tax reliefs in Autumn Budget, suggests leading tax expert

Autumn Statement forecast from leading East Midlands business adviser
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6th November 2023

World’s first smart breathing tube for mechanically ventilated patients set for human trials

The University of Nottingham has secured £1.1 million in funding from the Medical Research Council to undertake human trials for the world’s first optical fibre sensor-equipped endotracheal tube (iTraXS).
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2nd November 2023

Businesses relieved at Bank of England’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged, says East Midlands Chamber

Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision today (2 November) to leave the base rate unchanged at 5.25%, East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Given high interest rates have been one of the biggest concerns for East Midlands busines
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2nd November 2023

Reward secures additional £50m lending facility to bolster support for SMEs across the UK

Reward Finance Group, which provides SMEs with tailored business finance loans and asset-based solutions of up to £5m, has secured an additional £50m to its credit line from the alternative investment manager, Foresight Group.
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1st November 2023

A family-owned Nottingham care home operator is set to expand across the UK with the support of a £10.65m funding package from HSBC UK.

A family-owned Nottingham care home operator is set to expand across the UK with the support of a £10.65m funding package from HSBC UK.
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31st October 2023

East Midlands Chamber secures £8.9m funding to deliver new generation of business support

Businesses in the region are to receive a significant boost to their operations with a helping hand from East Midlands Chamber’s new generation of business support.
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19th October 2023

£4.6m investment will bring 222 jobs to world-class lab space

More than 200 jobs will be created through a £4.6m investment in revamping laboratory space at Charnwood Campus.
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13th October 2023

Aviation specialist DEA secures multimillion-pound export finance package

DEA Aviation Limited (DEA) has secured new, multimillion-pound growth funding from Santander UK with the support of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency.
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13th October 2023

QEP-UK management buyout advised by Midlands-based PKF Smith Cooper

QEP-UK, the home of leading tiling, flooring and hardware home improvement brands such as QEP®, Roberts®, Vitrex®, Tile Rite®, Plasplugs®, Homelux®, XPS Foam™ and Kraus®, has been acquired in a management buyout with specialist support from PKF Smith Coop
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11th October 2023

LWA RECEIVES £49,437 FROM JOBS 22 COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

LWA is delighted to announce receipt of nearly £50k from the Jobs 22 Community Investment Fund.  Jobs 22, primary provider of employment services to those in East Central England via the Restart Scheme, made its first three awards to local organisations,
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10th October 2023

Funding boost for plant-based ‘Cheese from Peas’

Alternative protein research exploring using peas to make sustainable plant-based cheese has received funding from Innovate UK to develop commercial processes for new products.
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10th October 2023

Bank of England’s interest rates policy now hitting East Midlands businesses, finds Chamber study

The impact of high inflation and rising interest rates is now being felt in the economy as demand slows for East Midlands businesses, new data shows.
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3rd October 2023

High-growth businesses across the East Midlands achieve new ambitions through Digital Upscaler

More than 1,000 ambitious businesses across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire have received valuable support to embrace new technologies courtesy of an East Midlands Chamber-led programme
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2nd October 2023

Nottinghamshire based glamping equipment supplier secures over £90k funding to create a new glamping site

Bell Tent Village, a Nottingham-based supplier of glamping equipment, has secured over £90k of funding with support from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans to invest in facilities for its new glamping site. The funding was obtained through the Midlands E
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25th September 2023

East Midlands Photo Firm Develops New Nottingham Studio

A family-run photography business has opened a new studio in West Bridgford, Nottingham, with backing from HSBC UK.
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13th September 2023

Start Up Loans hits £1bn milestone of loans to UK small businesses, with £55m in 5,880 loans to the East Midlands

Start Up Loans, part of the British Business Bank, has delivered more than £1bn of loans across the UK since its inception in 2012. The loans have been issued to 105,109 businesses, at an average of £9,547 per business. 
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12th September 2023

UK child exploitation charity becomes first SME to receive British Safety Council funding to support staff wellbeing

Derbyshire-based charity, Safe and Sound has become the first organisation to successfully win funding from British Safety Council to improve and support its staff’s wellbeing.
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5th September 2023

Nottingham researchers receive share of £19 million committed to battery research

Research at the University of Nottingham into the development of new materials and technologies for next generation batteries is one of four projects to receive additional funding from the Faraday Institution.
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5th September 2023

Derbyshire-based Artisan Chocolate Shop Secures £10,000 Funding to Launch Its First Store

An artisan chocolate shop, Hot Chocolaterie, has secured £10,000 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to kickstart the business.
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30th August 2023

Nottingham-based coffee shop receives £14,500 funding for equipment upgrades and staff expansion

Punch Coffee, a coffee shop based in Nottingham, has secured £14,500 funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to invest in new equipment and growth.
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9th August 2023

AUGUST 2023 Double celebrations as National Lottery Heritage Fund cash secured for two Focus projects

Multi-disciplinary company Focus is celebrating after news that two of its projects have secured vital National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) cash.
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3rd August 2023

£33 million joint investment to boost skills, support jobs and bolster green manufacturing in UK life sciences industry

£33 million of joint government and industry investment with leading global firm Kindeva Drug Delivery in UK medicines manufacturing will ensure a new generation of green, low-carbon, respiratory inhalers are made in the UK, supporting efforts to grow the
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27th July 2023

Events software platform raises further £1.5m

A Lincoln company whose events software platform was used to help plan the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games has raised £1.5m to enable it to bring its technology to a wider audience and create new jobs.
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18th July 2023

East Midlands care provider opens new home for people with brain injuries thanks to £1.6m funding from Unity Trust Bank

A leading specialist care provider for people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) has opened its third residential home thanks to seven-figure funding from Unity Trust Bank.
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14th July 2023

Medilink Midlands delivers £3.5m of funding to East Midlands life sciences companies

Organisations came together to join Medilink Midlands in celebrating the success delivered under the three ERDF funded programmes, INSTILS, SoLSTICE and ACTIS and to find out what is next for the region.
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11th July 2023

Nottingham-based Breast Cancer Survivor Secures £14,500 Funding to Revolutionise Post-Surgery Bra Design

A Nottingham-based bodywear brand, H.E.R Bodywear, has secured £14,500 in funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme to develop new products and invest in marketing. 
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11th July 2023

East Midlands unemployment rate drops to 3.3% but record wage rise reflects challenges for businesses

The East Midlands’ unemployment rate has dropped for a second consecutive month to 3.3% for the period between March and May 2023, new figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
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10th July 2023

Logistics provider set for expansion with HSBC UK funding

Leading logistics provider Ascott Transport Limited (ATL) is expanding its operations thanks to an eight-figure funding package from HSBC UK.
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5th July 2023

County Council plans major savings by moving its civic and democratic base from County Hall to new offices near Hucknall

Nottinghamshire County Council could move its civic and democratic base to a new building near Hucknall to bring long-term savings for the taxpayer and environment.
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5th July 2023

BID service saves Leicester’s high street businesses more than £150,000

After speaking to Leicester’s city centre businesses and hearing that many are feeling anxious about rising operating costs, BID Leicester decided to address the issue by partnering with Place Support Partnership (PSP), and has so far saved more than £150
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4th July 2023

Northamptonshire-based Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic Enhances Rehabilitation Services with £20,000 Funding

A Northamptonshire-based neurological physiotherapy clinic, Neurobility, has secured £20,000 of funding from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans under the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme.
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29th June 2023

Nottingham researchers receive share of £31 million to develop trustworthy and responsible AI

Nottingham researchers are part of a consortium awarded £31 million to create an international research and innovation ecosystem for responsible AI that will be responsive to the needs of society.
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28th June 2023

Grant Support spearheads service expansion for Safe and Sound

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has secured two major grants to enable it to support and protect more children, young people and families across the county.
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26th June 2023

Northamptonshire-based skincare brand secures £120k funding for store renovation and new product launch

Bedew Skin, a Northamptonshire-based skincare brand, has secured over £120k funding with support from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans to renovate its new store, improve packaging and launch four new products.
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22nd June 2023

East Midlands businesses awarded Create Growth grants worth up to £30k each

The first group of successful Create Growth grant applicants has been announced - with up to £400,000 of funding now heading to the East Midlands.
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20th June 2023

£400m Midlands Engine Investment Fund II preparing for 2024 launch

A £400m investment fund to support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses across the Midlands is on course to be launched early next year. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund II (MEIF II) is being delivered by the British Business Bank, bringing
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13th June 2023

Manufacturer fast-tracks expansion with help of Business Gateway Growth Hub

Creating jobs and improving efficiency was always part of the plan for Micro Weighing Solutions (MWS). And the Leicester-based firm turned ideas into outcomes with help from the LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub.
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13th June 2023

Government grants could give SMEs much needed turbo-charge

As the cost of doing business has increased for SMEs across the Midlands, Derby-based renewables company, Power & Control Electrical and Renewables, is helping businesses take advantage of schemes & grants offering support towards renewable technologies.
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6th June 2023

Celebrating Our 150th MEIF Loan: A Milestone in Small Business Support

As we celebrate our 150th Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) loan, we can't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. It has been a long journey, but one that has been worth it.
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2nd June 2023

Manufacturing Growth Programme delivers over 1250 East Midlands jobs as it targets new-look funding landscape

One of the UK’s most successful industrial business support programmes comes to an end in June after helping East Midlands manufacturers create or safeguard 1255 jobs since 2016. The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), which is designed and delivered b
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1st June 2023

RESILIENT BUSINESSES ADAPT STRATEGIES FOR GROWTH

A third (36%) of UK businesses plan to adapt their strategies to navigate financial challenges over the next six months, new research from HSBC UK reveals:
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31st May 2023

Duncan & Toplis accelerates growth plans

East Midlands accountancy, business adviser and wealth manager, Duncan & Toplis, is accelerating its growth plans through external investment from private equity firm Blixt Group.
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22nd May 2023

Ceremony marks works starting of phase two warehouse for ATL

Work has started on the latest 8-figure investment for logistics company, Ascott Transport Limited (ATL) at its Midlands Hub in Foston, Derbyshire.
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21st May 2023

Fantastic new Community Hub launched to support local people in Skegness

Local housing association customers can access help and support thanks to a new Community Hub launched at their scheme in Clarke Way, Skegness.
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16th May 2023

MediShout secures £4.3m funding for growth

MediShout, the app for frontline hospital staff to resolve facilities and equipment issues, has secured £4.3 million in fundraising to support business growth, with the help of Nottingham law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
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5th May 2023

Project D cooking-up super-expansion with launch of crowdfunding campaign

Investors are being invited to ‘join the inner ring’ as the UK’s fastest-growing doughnut brand Project D today launches its first crowdfunding campaign.
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4th May 2023

Kitchen manufacturer, Interiors by Design has tools for growth

A significant investment in machinery and support from the Business Gateway Growth Hub is helping kitchen and bedroom manufacturer, Interiors by Design fight back in difficult trading conditions.
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3rd May 2023

Tympa Health Technologies secures $23m to fund global expansion

Tympa Health Technologies, experts in hearing and ear health, has secured $23million in Series A Funding from Octopus Ventures, with the help of Nottingham-based law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
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27th April 2023

Ridge secures £40m investment from Horizon Capital

Multi-disciplinary built environment consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP – which has 12 offices across the country including Leicester – has secured more than £40 million from Horizon Capital LLP, a specialist private equity investor in technology and prof
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27th April 2023

Derby-based engineering services provider Watermark secures £250,000 funding package from MEIF Maven Debt Finance

Funds will support Derby-based wastewater and energy specialist’s investment drive to enhance its technology and systems
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26th April 2023

Nottingham-based automotive supplier makes seven-figure facility investment

Vestatec UK, a leading specialist in metal forming and assembly, has announced a seven-figure investment to improve its manufacturing facility in Nottingham.
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24th April 2023

Investment means TEK Seating is a cut above the competition

Leicestershire-based TEK Seating has invested £125,000 in new machinery to satisfy rising demand and take additional control of its production process. Increased competition for the vehicle seat manufacturer was also a driver to expanding its in-house cap
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13th April 2023

LEICESTERSHIRE CHARITIES TO BENEFIT FROM £10,000 COMMUNITY FUND

Charities in Leicestershire are being invited to bid for a helping hand as homebuilder, Miller Homes, pledges to donate £10,000 through its Community Fund to good causes across the region this year.
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12th April 2023

Free support worth £1,800 for export businesses through LLEP pilot with Santander

The LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub has joined forces with Santander to offer an exclusive package of products to local export businesses.
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21st March 2023

Leicester goes all-electric with new bus depot thanks to Government funding boost

People across Leicester will enjoy greener, smoother and more reliable journeys as an extra 18 UK-made electric buses are rolled out thanks to £2.9 million in Government investment.
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9th March 2023

Medigold Health acquires Health Management in bold move to become the UK’s largest independent Occupational Health Provider

Northamptonshire-based Medigold Health, a leading name in the UK occupational health sector, has today announced the successful acquisition of Health Management, in a move that will see the business become the country’s largest independent provider of wor
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7th March 2023

LJCC pledges funds for new mortar mill for Leicester College construction students

Leicester College has received a £6,000 donation from the Leicestershire Joint Consultative Committee (LJCC) for the Building Industry to help fund the purchase of a new mortar mill to support a variety of students on Construction courses.
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6th March 2023

Town Deal funding aims to support businesses in Staveley town centre

Businesses and charities are being invited to apply for funds to help improve their premises as part of a new scheme which will support the wider regeneration of Staveley town centre.
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3rd March 2023

Baroness Karren Brady CBE enters year-long partnership with Simply Business to support the success of UK SMEs

Simply Business, one of the UK’s biggest providers of small business insurance, has announced a year-long partnership with Baroness Karren Brady CBE, as the company’s first ever Small Business Ambassador. 
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2nd March 2023

B-Sure Recycling’s £70k investment solves customers’ waste management problems

Leicestershire-based B-Sure Installations has invested over £70k to launch a new waste management company, B-Sure Recycling.
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