Growth Hub July News: business support, Sheffield Innovation Programme and more…

Even more support available through our Growth Hub

Did you know, businesses can benefit from strategic one-to-one guidance delivered by a team of our expert Business Support Advisors based at the four local authorities?

The support has been introduced as a direct result of our region’s Renewal Action Plan (RAP), developed by the Mayoral Combined Authority, which sets out a roadmap for how the region can put itself on the path to recovering from the massive economic disruption the pandemic has caused.

Businesses can benefit from an in-depth diagnostic, following this they may then be eligible to access further specialist support, such as cashflow insights, HR, supply chain management, legal, business growth, logistics, health and safety and health and wellbeing, from external experts specialising in these areas too.

Our Business Support Advisors are also working on identifying SME businesses adversely affected by the current economic challenges and supporting them to restart and recover after lockdown. Each advisor will offer guidance on the best actions to take to help the businesses to overcome barriers and identify other support schemes or funding opportunities available to help the company achieve its full growth potential.

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub acts as a ‘gateway’ so that businesses can access support when it is needed the most and within the shortest timeframe. The Growth Hub team of advisors offer guidance in the fields of business development and industry support, including innovation, growth, logistics, trade and exporting and accessing finance or training.

Any business that is looking to re-establish or recover after making significant losses due to the Coronavirus lockdown or is facing challenges that put its long-term future in question, should speak to the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub team today.

Call: 03330 00 00 39

Innovation support – help your business overcome challenges!

Do you have ideas for improving and growing your business through process improvement, new or improved product development, ideas verification, or IT development, but don’t have the knowledge, capacity or capability to carry them out?

If this sounds like you, then the fully funded Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) could be right up your street!

Sheffield Innovation Programme is a collaboration between Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield and runs until September 2022. It aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships between the Universities and SMEs by providing businesses with access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities.

Your business could benefit from a bespoke research project, innovation-based consultancy or on-site support from a dedicated project graduate. The project ideas can come from all business sectors and cover many key areas of support including, for example:

  • Computing and software design
  • Management skills and processes
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy solutions
  • Food engineering and sustainability
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Manufacturing and digital technologies
  • Robotics
  • Sports engineering
  • Packaging and product design
  • Food and Drink Science
  • Measurement and Testing

Innovation workshops

Are you looking to gain new knowledge to help your business innovate and grow? You could join any of the upcoming industry-focused workshops that are delivered by academic experts and cover a wide variety of areas, including new science and technologies and developing your people.  Join the MD Club to gain further insights into the opportunities available in specific sectors and meet like-minded business leaders.

To find out more visit our website or contact our gateway team to be referred to an Innovation Advisor.

Peer support networks soon open to businesses!

Calling South Yorkshire businesses – Peer Networks are open again in South Yorkshire!

Our Peer Networks programme, backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), enables business leaders to build trusted connections to support them now and in the future, with a view to improving long term personal and business performance.

During the programme, businesses will be able to use the peer groups as an open forum to navigate their way through the challenges their industry may face, whilst also creating a network of like-minded businesses to keep in touch with, even after the sessions have ended.

James Muir, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman, explains: “Peer Networks are a great way for local SME business leaders to work collaboratively with others to find solutions to common business problems in a non-competitive environment. In these unprecedented times, we believe this will enhance and strengthen the local business community so we can build back better for a stronger post-COVID recovery.”

There is no cost for SME businesses to join Peer Networks and business leaders can take part via virtual sessions from the comfort of their own home or office. Sheffield City Region Growth Hub’s specialist advisors will facilitate activities, which take place in structured, small group sessions with up to 11 people. Delegates will also benefit from access to 1:1 mentoring, coaching or advice, depending on the support businesses need.

The criteria for SME businesses to join Peer Networks is:

– Companies should have at least five employees (a limited number of places are available to firms with 2-4 employees)
– Operated for at least one year
– A turnover of at least £100,000
– An aspiration to improve
– And ideally have the potential to scale up or export or are exporting already.

Any business that would like to join their local Peer Network should contact the Growth Hub on the details below:

Call: 03330 00 00 39

Are you looking for help to develop services, processes and products that improve flood resilience?

You could benefit from expert advice and support from the Hull Innovation Flood Centre.  Whether you have an existing product or a completely new approach to flood resilience, the Hull Innovation programme based at the University of Hull, supports businesses by offering a range of tailor-made Innovation Support Packages worth up to £20,000.
The centre brings together industry contacts, exceptional academic research and cutting-edge equipment to enable businesses with big ideas to transform their goals into a reality and to help our communities become better prepared for rising flood risks.

Since the devastating impact of the 2007 Hull floods, which affected homes and businesses across the Humber with fatal consequences, the University of Hull has been working on developing leading research and knowledge in flood resilience. The £3.4m Flood Innovation Centre project is designed to drive innovation and support different approaches and solutions to flood resilience amongst regional SMEs. Working in the local community, with businesses, schools and education providers, the Flood Innovation Centre is helping to establish the Humber as a centre of excellence for developments in flood innovation.

To find out more about developing ideas to improve flood resilience, visit the website.

Could you improve your workforce productivity through skills support and advice?

The Sheffield City Region Skills Bank is a programme that puts employers from across the region in charge of their own skills and training needs.

Developed by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the programme enables businesses to invest in their workforce, grow their business and improve their productivity.

Private sector investment is matched with public funding to help businesses to deliver bespoke, tailor made training.

Find out more here.

Give your business a Kickstart

Have you heard of Kickstart?  It’s a new government-funded scheme to help employers create jobs for young people aged 16-24 years old on Universal Credit who need additional work experience to improve their chances of getting into work.

The job will last for 6 months and the young person will get paid for at least 25 hours a week at the national minimum wage or national living wage depending on how old they are. The scheme is designed to improve their chances of securing a permanent job. Employers are expected to provide support including developing your skills in the workplace, career advice, help with CV writing and preparing for interview.

If you would like to join the Kickstart Scheme and give a young person a fresh start in life, take a look at the Kickstart Toolkit.

What’s on this month?
Events you don’t want to miss

Our interactive online events calendar is once again packed full of webinars and digital seminars taking place throughout June to help maximise your business’s potential and offer advice on a number of key topics. This includes:

  • 19th July – Spring into Business – Self-employment, is it for me?
  • 20th July – Introduction to grants and funding
  • 21st July – Funding options for tech start-ups
  • 21st July – Maximising your website
  • 22nd July – Crossing continents – Moving goods under transit
  • 27th July – Top tips for starting up

You can register for any of these events, plus many more we have scheduled, by visiting our interactive online events calendar.

Be part of our online community

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