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Business Writers: Reading round-up 16 June 2024

1) Funding for Creative Industries – deadline 19 June 2024

UK registered micro, small or medium enterprises in the creative sector, in twelve specified regions of England, can apply for £10k-£30k for innovation projects to grow their business. The regions include Norfolk and Suffolk – and you can get guidance on your application through Connected Innovation. More details here: DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 3 Briefing – 10th May – Connected Innovation.

2) Funding for Agritech and Food Technology innovators – deadline 19 June 2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for between £25,000 and £50,000 from the Innovate UK Launchpad to grow their innovation projects in the East of England’s agri-tech and food technology cluster. More details here: Competition overview – New Innovators in agri-tech and food technology, Eastern England – Innovation Funding Service (apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk).

3) East Anglia could receive £80bn boost for major energy projects

The Energy Industries Council estimates that the UK has a pipeline of energy projects worth £800bn, with about 10% of the them in the East of England. It also estimates that a third of those projects relate to Offshore Wind Energy, with some of the world’s largest offshore wind projects located in the Southern North Sea, off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk. More here: East set for £80bn energy boost for major projects | (eadt.co.uk).

4) ODA Global Innovation Fellowships 2024 – now open for applications

UK-based early- and mid-career researchers in the UK can now apply for Official Development Assistance (ODA) Global Innovation Fellowships. These offer people working in humanities and social sciences the opportunity to develop their skills, networks and careers. The Fellowships focus on addressing creative and cultural challenges in the public, private and policy sectors that require innovative approaches and solutions. More details here: ODA Global Innovation Fellowships 2024 | The British Academy

5) Why is transport infrastructure key to unlocking regional productivity across the UK?

This new Economics Observatory report is essential reading for transport and development policy makers in local and regional government. It sets out the reasons why improving connectivity within cities and between cities and key satellite towns is essential to growing employment opportunities, attracting inward investment and boosting productivity. Find out more here: What transport policies could improve the UK’s productivity? – Economics Observatory

6) Discover our Better Business Writing workshops for SMEs 

Would you like to make your business writing more engaging and persuasive? If so, please check out our half-day writing workshops with Broadland Council Training Services. We are delighted to be running these again later in the year: you can choose from Friday 27 September or Friday 22 November. More info and booking here: Better business writing – Booking by Bookwhen.

7) Don’t miss this Digitalisation in Manufacturing event – Tuesday 2 July

The New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) sector group will be hosting its annual conference at West Suffolk College on Tuesday 2 July. The theme for the day is digitalisation in manufacturing and will cover everything from starting your digital journey to embracing the latest technologies to boost innovation and productivity. There will also be a strong focus on achieving net zero and increasing profitability through more streamlined, efficient operations. Find out more and book tickets here: East of England Manufacturing Conference – Digitalisation in Manufacturing Tickets, Tue 2 Jul 2024 at 08:30 | Eventbrite


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