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Business Writers: Reading round-up 12 May 2024

1) Agri-tech and food-tech innovation funding in East of England

Innovate UK has opened a new Launchpad funding competition for micro and small business innovators working in agri-tech and food-tech. It will host an online Q&A session about the competition (and four other Launchpad competitions) on 14 May 2024 from 10:00-11:30. Details here: Innovate UK Launchpads, New Innovator Competitions – Q&A Session (cvent.com).

2) Innovation funding for creative businesses in East of England 

The Create Growth Programme from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) aims to invest around £3m to help creative businesses develop innovation projects that stimulate growth. Registration opened on 7 May, with a deadline of 19 June 2024. Details here:  DCMS Create Growth Programme (apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk).

3) Research and tech support worth £15k for manufacturing SMEs

SMEs who qualify for Innovate UK Business Growth funding can apply for technical, business and innovation support from TWI. Further details on eligibility here: Funded Business and Innovation Support for UK-based SMEs – TWI Innovation Network (twi-global.com).

4) Innovation Grant Mentoring helps SMEs apply for funding

Does your business need advice on how to apply for Innovate UK funding? If so and you are in Norfolk or Suffolk, check out the Innovation Grant Mentoring project run by the County Councils. It can provide mentoring and bid writing support to help you secure the funding you need to develop your projects or ideas. Details here: Innovation grant mentoring project.

5) Suffolk promotes car-free travel to visitor attractions

A new, two-year initiative aims to encourage more people to explore Suffolk’s cultural and leisure destinations by foot, bike or public transport. It will incentives and discounts to residents and visitors who leave the car at home and travel sustainably. The scheme supports Suffolk’s Greenest County ambition and demonstrates the county’s commitment to a carbon net zero visitor economy by 2030. More details, including participating attractions, here: Suffolk becomes a Good Journey county | Suffolk Growth

6) SME manufacturers embrace ‘Made Smarter’ technologies

Made Smarter has helped 300 manufacturers invest £22.5m in digital tools and technologies over five years. This has supported 1,600 new jobs, 2,850 upskilled roles, and boosted the UK economy by £242m. Find out more: Equipping UK manufacturing with digital tech.

7) “Invisible College” in Cambridge for people aged 18–22

Interested in how the world got rich, what is wrong with science today and how to design better public policies? Then check out this week-long residential seminar from 26-31 August 2024 hosted by Works in Progress magazine. More details: Apply to the Invisible College.


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