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Funding Opportunities

40% funding may be available (eligible businesses only*) for the following courses at Leeds Business School:• The Effective First Line Manager (ILM Leadership & Management, Level 3)
• The Effective Middle Manager (ILM Leadership & Management, Level 5)
• The Role of the Director & The Board (IoD Certificate in Company Direction module)
• Finance for Non-Financial Directors (IoD Certificate in Company Direction module)
• Strategy for Directors (IoD Certificate in Company Direction module)
• Leadership for Directors (IoD Certificate in Company Direction module)
• Developing Board Performance (IoD Diploma in Company Direction)
• Project Fundamentals (APM 3 day qualification programme) – Available through Leeds Beckett University’s School of Built Environment & Engineering.
• Project Management (APM 5 day qualification programme) – Available through Leeds Beckett University’s School of Built Environment & Engineering.
The Skills Service
The Skills Service offers a unique package of training and support for SMEs in the Leeds City Region.
• Planning: Free Skills Plan session for SMEs to plan employee training and stay ahead of industry trends.
• Funding: 40% funding from the European Social Fund towards training your workforce (eligible businesses only*).
• Training: Training and education opportunities across the region.
*SMEs in the Leeds City Region, participants must be in employment and 18+. Full eligibility at The Skills Service is managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Further information

Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber Annual Conference Rebelling Social Enterprise Style

To book your tickets to SEYH’s Annual Conference held at the Huddersfield Mission on Friday, 28th June:

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Ideas that Change Lives

The Ideas that Change Lives programme is funded through Leeds City Council Adult Social Care’s “Better Lives” initiative, which aims to ensure services help people to live independently. offers business guidance and financial investment to help organisations and individuals develop socially enterprising ideas. The types of activity they seek to fund include alternatives to traditional day care and support services; brokerage; health and wellbeing promoting activities, employment related opportunities and any other activities that enable people in Leeds with care and support needs to remain independent.
The deadline for submitting applications for both the Kick Start and Development Investment programmes is 12 noon on 10 July 2019.

For further information please contact the Leeds Community Foundation grants team:[email protected] / 0113 242 2426


Join our webinar on the Social Value UK response to Cabinet Office Consultation

The Cabinet Office have published a consultation document ‘Social Value in Government Procurement’, you can read more here. The deadline for responses is 10th June. We encourage you all to share this and send responses directly, the more they receive the better.

The Cabinet Office are expecting a response from Social Value UK and we would really like your thoughts in shaping this.

Social Value UK are setting up a 1-hour webinar to discuss this – 24th May 2019 12-1pm. Please join us for this by registering here.

Facebook introduces new features for small and mid-sized businesses

Facebook has introduced four new features for small and mid-sized businesses on the platform. The features are automated ads, appointments, new video creative tools and new Blueprint training courses.

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Charities offered free guide to how they can engage with businesses

The publication gives tips on how to find potential corporate partners and manage mutually beneficial relationships with them.

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New cybersecurity tool for small businesses

The National Cyber Security Centre has launched a free online tool to help small businesses assess how resilient they are to cyberattacks. The ‘Exercise in a Box’ tool provides exercises based on the main cyber-threats and enables users to assess how they would respond to an attack.

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EU agrees minimum rights for gig economy

The EU has announced minimum rights for workers in casual or short-term employment in the gig economy. Employers will be required to provide gig economy workers with information about working conditions on their first working day and any probationary periods will be limited to six months. To qualify for these rights, workers must work on average three hours per week and 12 hours every four weeks.

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Barclays finds grass is greener for environmentally friendly businesses

Barclays has revealed that small and medium sized businesses should promote their eco-credentials as environmental considerations become an ever-higher priority for consumers.

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Government urges businesses and charities to up cybersecurity

The UK government is urging businesses and charities to take action to prevent cyberattacks, despite an overall reduction in breaches, partly driven by new data protection laws.

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