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Royal Mail Launches Small Business Festive Competition

Royal Mail supports the growth the small businesses that it works with and aims to be a worthy business partner to them all. The Royal Mail Small Business Festive Competition offers small firms an opportunity to win a financial prize to boost their operations.

Two companies will have the opportunity to win £1,000. There are also two runners-up for each part of the competition. Both will receive £500.

The competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over who run a small business.

The deadline for entries to be received is 16 December 2018.

To find out more and to apply click here

                                                                         

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Subsidised broadband installation for businesses in the UK that cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2MB per second. For the online application form, click here. To view the Grantfinder website click here

Deadline: 31 December 2018

IUK Launches December Expressions of Interest for UK Aerospace Research & Technology Programme

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK (IUK) and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) are seeking applications for innovative aerospace projects. This activity is part of the UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme; a joint government and industry investment for projects that will make the UK more competitive in civil aerospace.

Grant funding will be provided, for businesses and researchers, to support innovative industrial research and capital projects that will enhance UK civil aerospace. Priority areas identified within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy include:

The total project costs and project duration should be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

The competition is now open and the deadline for submissions is midday on 2 January 2019.

To find out more and to apply click here

SBRI: Thistle Assistance app to help people with disability use public transport

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to:

  • identify and understand in detail the challenges faced by disabled people when travelling.
  • explore how much these affect travel plans and choices about which modes of transport to use.
  • develop a door to door journey planning and wayfinding solution that helps alleviate them.

The deadline for entries to be received is 2 January 2019                   

To find out more and to apply click here

Innovate UK and Sky Team up for £2m Ocean Plastic Solutions Investment Accelerator

This upcoming investment accelerator is providing simultaneous grant funding from Innovate UK (IUK) and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures, for early stage projects undertaken by UK companies.

Up to £1 million of grant funding and £1 million of private investment is available, supporting business-led innovation to develop solutions that will tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

The competition is open to single UK-based small and micro companies that are looking for grant funding and wish to establish an equity relationship with Sky Ocean Ventures.

The competition will open on 2 January 2019 with a deadline for applications to be received of 13 March 2019.

To find out more and to apply click here

Horizon 2020: 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth (H2020-MG-2018-2019-2020)

Transport is changing at an accelerating pace as a result of several factors in many diverse but interconnected fields: cutting edge technological innovations such as for example the increasing penetration of digital and space-based technologies in automated, connected and cooperative vehicles, transport infrastructure, logistics operations, aeronautics and safety applications; major socio-economic trends such as ageing population, migration and urbanisation; global targets such as those set by the COP 21 Paris Agreement on the fight against climate change and by the UN in support of Sustainable Development Goals; increased international competition for the European transport industry across all modes; new operations and business models based on increased connectivity between infrastructure, transport means, travellers and goods which can contribute to seamless door-to-door mobility.

The deadline for entries to be received is 16 January 2019.

To find out more and to apply click here

Government Announces £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge

According to the government, the UK will be a pioneering nation in the development of sustainable packaging, on the back £60 million of new public funding.

Through the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, innovators are being tasked with reducing the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes the economic opportunity of a global shift to greener, cleaner economies – a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Funding will be awarded to projects on a competitive basis, with the government planning to launch the first round of the competition in early 2019.

To find out more and to apply click here

HMRC Announces £5m Grant Scheme for Customs Intermediaries Ahead of Brexit

The government recognises the challenges facing the customs intermediaries sector in supporting existing and new clients when the UK leaves the EU. It has engaged with industry bodies and key providers of customs broker services – including freight forwarders, fast parcel operators and independent customs brokers – to better understand this challenge.

The deadline for applications to be received is 5 April 2019. Interested parties should apply at their earliest opportunity as funds may be fully allocated before this planned deadline.

To find out more and to apply click here

Theresa May Announces £2.5 Billion British Patient Capital Fund to Invest in Innovative UK Firms
The Government wants UK technology companies to benefit from public funding and greater access to talent and data. In response to this desire, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a range of measures designed to boost the tech sector at the 2018 London Tech Week. Among the measures set out is the British Patient Capital (BCP) Fund.To find out more, click here

Funding Project: WHE-STORVAL  (Waste HEat Recovery, STOrage and VAlorization) [provisional]
University of Picardie, are looking for funding partners. This project is about Specific objective 2.1 Increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in the sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. They are looking for potential partners defined as: Professional organisation in the field of energy, SMEs with experience in waste heat recovery and energy efficiency, Industries and industrial areas as heat producers or end-users, Councils with interest in energy transition plan, Universities/R&D centres with research activities related to the above topics. Please contact Dr M. CHADLI on mchadli20@gmail.com or email Agi Musset Interreg facilitator on –agi.musset@norfolk.gov.uk

Start date: October 2018

Deadline: Spring 2023


Project: ResponsiblE pharMacy practicE anD societY (REMEDY)
University of Portsmouth, UK are looking for funding partners. This project is about Specific Objective 3.2 - Enhance and protect coastal and transitional water ecosystems “pioneer utilising the role of the pharmacist to manage the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment.”  They are looking for potential partners defined as: Universities, research institutes, professional pharmacy organisations, commercial pharmacy organisations, pharmacy businesses, organisations involved in environmental toxicology, socioeconomic aspects of health and illness, public health and antimicrobial resistance. Please telephone Helena Herrera of University of Portsmouth on 00(44)2392845665 or email Christelle Pereira - Interreg facilitator on christelle.pereira@norfolk.gov.uk  

Start date: October 2018

Deadline: Spring 2023

Horizon 2020 Live longer, better, healthier: new innovation funding
£300 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will support our ageing population, with opportunities for businesses and researchers to work together. Find out more, click here

Deadline: Ongoing


Low Energy Offices - Interreg France (Channel) England funding programme
The project idea is to develop and demonstrate cost-effective solutions to achieving retrofits of multi-storey commercial buildings that achieve substantial carbon reductions of 60%> through a whole-building solution.  The project will, for the first time, demonstrate the Energiesprong approach in the office environment. To find out more, click here

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants for charities to develop websites and Facebook advertising
Transform Foundation aims to encourage investment in digital technologies, skills and marketing in the charity sector. Offering grants to charities (with annual revenue between £350,000 and £30million) to develop websites and advertise through Facebook. Find out more, click here

Deadline: Ongoing


Horizon 2020: EU Research Programme
EU funding for large-scale, international collaborative research projects. New work programme for 2018-2020: UK businesses, universities, public bodies, charities and healthcare providers can still participate. Find out more, click here

Deadline: Ongoing


Government Promotes Agri-tech Revolution with £90m for Transforming Food Production
UK businesses can make connections and find out about £90 million of investment to improve food and farming, as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Find out more, click here


€2.7 Billion in H2020 Research Funding for Information and Communication Technologies
The 2018-2020 Industrial Leadership Information and Communication Technologies (LEIT) Work Programme covers ICT technology in a comprehensive way, covering technologies for Digitising European Industry, HPC, Big Data and Cloud, 5G and Next Generation Internet. Find out more, click here


£21m to boost UK’s world-class tech sector and spread the benefits across the country
The UK’s world-leading tech sector will go from strength-to-strength after plans unveiled today set out a £21 million investment to create a new national network of regional tech hubs in areas across the country, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Find out more, click here

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