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New funding to support regeneration of 100 English towns

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced a £3.6 billion Towns Fund to help towns in England develop regeneration plans. The 100 towns which are eligible for support include those with an industrial and economic history that have not benefited from strong economic growth. The government is expected to publish guidance about how to apply for the funding and the eligibility criteria later this year.

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Increase in number of self-employed

In Q2 2019 there were 4.97 million self-employed people in the UK, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics. The figures reveal that the number of self-employed increased by 0.3% in Q2 of 2019 when compared to Q1 2019. This has been attributed to a 51,000 increase in the number of self-employed women.

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Charities can apply for free cybersecurity assessments

Charities are being offered free cybersecurity assessments amid concerns that half of all small organisations are falling victim to cybercrime every year.

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‘Trustees should discuss potential mergers every year’

Trustees should hold yearly discussions on whether merging with another organisation would benefit their beneficiaries, the chair of a recently merged charity has said. Read the full article

Charity Commission says it has had its ‘busiest year’

The regulator published its annual report yesterday. This included a 60 per cent jump in its use of formal investigatory and enforcement powers compared to the previous year, 83 per cent more reports from whistle blowers inside the charity sector, and a 50 per cent increase in the number of serious incidents reports. Read the full story

Funding boost for community businesses

The Community Shares Booster programme is open to applications to support local groups in England to set up or grow a community business. The programme is delivered by the Community Shares Unit and helps local groups to raise finance through community shares, which allow people to invest in and become owners of a community business. Initial grants of up to £10,000 are available to help local groups develop a community share offer, as well as match equity funding of up to £100,000 to enable the group to launch its community share offer and start raising investment for the business.

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Online tool to help business prepare for Brexit

The Department for Business has launched a new online tool to help businesses in the UK prepare for Brexit. Users of the tool can submit answers to seven simple questions in order to be directed to the Brexit-related government guidance that is most relevant for their sector and the types of activities they carry out. There is also the opportunity to sign up to receive emails when the guidance is updated.

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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).

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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