D2N2 Events 2017

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Apprenticeship Levy - Are you Levywise? Derbyshire

Mon, April 3 08:30AM – 11:00AM

Derbyshire County Cricket Ground
Nottingham Road
Derby
DE21 6DA

Who should attend?

Anyone wanting to know more about the Apprentice Levy including those responsible for finance, HR or training, in particular those who are responsible for compliance, payroll and training.

Why attend?

As businesses will no doubt already be aware the Apprenticeship Levy comes into force on 6 April 2017, applying to businesses with a payroll of £3 million or more (any connected businesses will be included in the calculation) it will also affect the way in which smaller business access funding for apprenticeship schemes. The information available to date is at times very confusing and in most cases is provided by training companies who are attempting to sell their specific training to you, we are taking a different approach.

This seminar will guide you through the regulations, giving you clear and easy to understand practical advice on what the levy means for your business ensuring you can make the most of the new system and preventing any unexpected surprises.

Knights will provide you with guidance on the legal relationship with apprentices in addition to practical guidance provided by Martin Ridgeway and Helen Richardson. The seminar will be an interactive workshop covering topics such as whether your business should be considering apprenticeships, a guide to what the new rules mean for you in practical terms, how apprenticeship funding is changing and what this means for your business, and information about the training options available to employers from an independent standpoint.

The event is aimed at any business who has a payroll of £3 million or more (which includes the payroll of any connected companies) and at smaller companies who engage or are considering engaging with apprentices. Primarily aimed at businesses within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire due to the fact that the event has been funded in part by the D2N2 LEP we are not limiting attendance and welcome any businesses from surrounding areas.

For further information regarding this event please contact helen@workpays.co.uk mobile 07772357890

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How to Identify and Win Funding for Your Business

Wed 5 April, 09:00AM – 12:00PM

Newark Beacon
Beacon Hill Office Park, Cafferata Way
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG24 2TN

Do you feel that it’s always someone else that secures grant funding? Do you know where to find grants? And are you deterred by the application process?

This event will help you identify the correct funding for your business and help you to submit a competitive proposal. Key issues we will cover include:

• Who are “the funders” and what are they looking for?
• Capital and Revenue funding
• State Aid – what does it mean?
• Application process – top tips (and common mistakes)
• Financial projections – what are the funders looking for?
• Examples of some of the funds available today.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for SMEs, sole traders and business owners in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are interested in learning more about how to put together a successful application to grow your business through grant funding.

About the Trainer - David Smith

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The workshop will be delivered by David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation who manage the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres (Mansfield iCentre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine) on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council. David has a wealth of experience, having managed grant programmes and supported businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to successfully secure funding over a number of years.

www.oxin.co.uk

ERDF

This workshop is funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event or on the day and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.

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High Growth Business Support Workshop

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Thursday 6 April 2017 - 10 am to 2.00pm including lunch

Chesterfield FC, Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ

Supporting organisations to make successful applications to the ERDF Priority Axis 3 programme call – Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

The call to support the delivery of the D2N2 High Growth Business programme is now open and will close on 13 May 2017.

ERDF Priority Axis 3 High Growth Call details for D2N2: https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of the call D2N2 LEP will be hosting a free workshop on Thursday 6 April 2017 at Chesterfield Football Club, Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ. The workshop is designed to support organisations make good quality applications to deliver projects that will to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that specifically:

  • support the creation and extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • support the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation

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If you have any questions, contact Natasha Kitchen at natasha.kitchen@d2n2lep.org.

The deadline for registration is 12.00pm on Friday 31 March 2017. Confirmation of your booking will follow along with a full agenda.

For further information regarding the D2N2 ESIF programme please visit the D2N2 ESIF website at http://www.d2n2lep.org/EUFunding or contact Richard Kirkland D2N2 LEP at Richard.kirkland@d2n2lep.org.

If you have any specific questions relating to this call, contact Lindsay Allen D2N2 LEP at Lindsay.allen@d2n2lep.org.

Supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England.

Apprenticeship Levy - Are you Levywise? Nottinghamshire

Wed April 12, 10:00AM – 1:30PM

Uniper Technologies Limited Engineering Academy
Ratcliffe-on-Soar
NG11 0EG

Agenda

10.00: Tea/ Coffee and Welcome
10.30: Uniper Academy – structure and delivery
11.00: Apprenticeship Government Levy Update
11.45: OPTION

  1. a) Uniper Academy Tour or
  2. b) Are you Levywise? – The Levy from an employer perspective

12:30: Lunch
13.30: Close

Who should attend?

Anyone wanting to know more about the Apprentice Levy including those responsible for finance, HR or training, in particular those who are responsible for compliance, payroll and training.

Why attend?

As you will no doubt already be aware the Apprenticeship Levy comes into force on 6 April 2017, applying to businesses with a payroll of £3 million or more (any connected businesses will be included in the calculation) it will also affect the way in which smaller business access funding for apprenticeship schemes. The information available to date is at times very confusing and in most cases is provided by training companies who are attempting to sell their specific training to you, we are taking a different approach.

This seminar will guide you through the regulations, giving you clear and easy to understand practical advice on what the levy means for your business ensuring you can make the most of the new system and preventing any unexpected surprises. The seminar will be an interactive workshop covering topics such as whether your business should be considering apprenticeships, a guide to what the new rules mean for you in practical terms, how apprenticeship funding is changing and what this means for your business, and information about the training options available to employers from an independent standpoint.

The event is aimed at any business who has a payroll of £3 million or more (which includes the payroll of any connected companies) and at smaller companies who engage or are considering engaging with apprentices. Primarily aimed at businesses within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire due to the fact that the event has been funded in part by the D2N2 LEP we are not limiting attendance and welcome any businesses from surrounding areas.

For further information regarding this event please contact helen@workpays.co.uk mobile 07772357890

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Champagne Marketing on a Lemonade Budget

Wed 26 April, 09:00AM – 12:00PM

The Richard Herrod Centre
Foxhill Road
Carlton
Nottingham
NG4 1RL

Marketing can be seen as a bit of a dark art and some businesses waste a lot of money on marketing that just doesn’t work for them. In this practical and engaging seminar, experienced Marketing Consultant, Lindsey Newman-Wood will show you some of the tricks of her trade and give you real life examples on how to market your business on a shoestring budget but still get maximum impact for your efforts.

The session will cover:

  • Why Marketing is important and why consistency is key
  • Why you should have a strategy and plan
  • Top tips for success (both in traditional and digital marketing)
  • How to get the clients you really want and get them to buy from you
  • How to measure your success

You will leave with lots of tips and ideas that you can put into practice in your business TODAY!

Who should attend?

This workshop is for SMEs, sole traders and business owners in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are interested in learning more about how to market this business. It aims to provide a taster and introduction to the various themes and provide some food for thought as well as key tools and ideas to take away and implement.

About the Trainer

Lindsey Newman-Wood is an experienced Marketing Consultant who set up Passion Marketing in 2011. Working with a number of trusted strategic partners, she works strategically with SME’s and public sector clients to deliver creative marketing campaigns that really speak to their target market through a number of channels. Whether it's PR, email marketing, social media, events or direct mail, she ensures clients gain the exposure they need in order to raise their profile and grow their business.

ERDF

This workshop is funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event or on the day and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.

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Rural Means Business in D2N2

Tuesday May 9, 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Committee Room 1
County Hall
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3AG

For rural businesses, support agencies and public bodies to find out more about the provision that is available to boost the D2N2 Rural Economy. We’ll look at EAFRD and LEADER funding and the range of support available for rural businesses through the D2N2 Growth Hub.

The event will consist of a main conference focussing on developing proposals from 3pm to 4.50pm, followed by a short break with refreshments and an opportunity to discuss in depth with advisors and network from 5pm to 6pm.

 

Agenda

Registration (with tea, coffee, biscuits) 2.50 – 3.00

Welcome to the Conference - Rob Mayo 3.00 - 3.10

Overview of Rural Policy and EAFRD – RPA 3.10 – 3.30

ESIF Main Programme – Richard Kirkland 3.30 – 3.45

LEADER Presentation – Amanda Brown 3.45 – 4.00

D2N2 Growth Hub – Lindsay Allen 4.00 – 4.15

Focus on: how a local business has benefitted from grant support 4.15 – 4.40

Close - Rob Mayo 4.40 – 4.50

Break and refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) 4.50 – 5.00

1:1 sessions and networking to find out more 5.00 – 6.00

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

*Soon to be updated.*

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a delegate list on the door.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, if you are changing the attendee name then please notify us within 48 hours of the event.

If you are no longer able to attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible.

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Exporting: Is it for you?

Thu 18 May 09:30AM – 12:30PM

International Trade Centre
Innovation House, Raynesway
Derby
Derbyshire
DE21 7RU

There has never been a better time for East Midlands businesses to grow by trading overseas.

The Department for International Trade provides assistance to those looking to trade internationally – both by uncovering export opportunities, and via face-to-face advice.

This free, interactive and thought provoking seminar is aimed at companies that are interested in exporting, and designed to set them on the path to start winning business overseas. This seminar is open to companies selling products or services, and will take a look at the business benefits of exporting; the considerations you need to take into account, and a ‘’readiness-checker’’.

Experienced International Trade Advisers will deliver the session, during which you will also hear from local companies who sell a variety of product/service offerings and who are already realising the benefits of trading overseas. We aim to help attendees to decide whether or not exporting is right for their business, and to showcase the breadth of support available to all.

Attendance is free, all we ask for is a little of your time – it could be at the best investment you make this year!

The demand is out there… you could be too.

ERDF

This workshop is funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event or on the day and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Marketing and Communications

Tue 23 May, 09:00AM – 12:00PM

Glossop Municipal Buildings (Room: Boardroom)
Victoria Street
Glossop
SK13 8AF

Effective communications and marketing play a vital role in any organisation’s performance. Keep ahead of the competition and update your skills in this short, interactive workshop with one of the region’s leading communication professionals.

Workshop Agenda

9.00am: Registration, coffee and networking

9.30am-10.30am: Workshop

10.30am: Short break

10.45am-11.45am: Workshop

11:45am: Q & A

12.00am: Finish

Workshop Content

  • What is communications/marketing and why should you have a strategy and a plan?
    - Introduction to the benefits of planning.
  • How to build an effective brand identity
    - Building the foundations - mission statement and purpose/values / USP / branding and style and the importance of consistency in everything that you do.
    - Key tools to have eg boilerplates, brand folder.
  • How to make sure you stand out from your competitors
    - Looking at your USP, what makes you different to your competitors?
    - What are your competitors doing well or not so well? What are they saying or not saying that you can take advantage of?
  • How to target your audience
    - Who do you need to communicate with and why?
    - Where do they go? What do they do? What are they interested in?
  • How to write an effective plan
    - Make sure what you do is aligned with your business goals and objectives.
    - Be specific and consistent.
    - Prioritising your actions and your budget.
    - How do you know if it works? Reviewing your actions.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for SMEs, sole traders and business owners in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are interested in learning more about communications and marketing. It aims to provide a taster and introduction to the various themes and provide some food for thought as well as key tools and templates to take away and implement.

ERDF

This workshop is funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.

About the Trainer

Until May 2014, Lucy worked out of Luxembourg as head of communications for a large international division, looking after the communications for over 400 sites worldwide within the global mining and steel company, ArcelorMittal. Lucy has over 14 years’ experience working in an international, complex and multicultural business environment.

Lucy comments: “I am a great believer that we should be constantly looking for ways to improve and to do things better and this workshop will give you a great insight and practical skills to take away to develop your marketing and communications strategy.”

Website: Lrcomms.co.uk
Follow on Twitter: @LucyRennie1

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