Email News October 2018


Welcome to the October 2018 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

If you would like to submit an article for consideration please email the text and a suitable image or logo to sj@mseuk.org


Posted 2018-09-10 15:09:32


Solent LEP to supercharge Small Business Support

Are you a SME or entrepreneur looking to start-up a business? You’re invited to access the LEPs new and improved business support service.

Any business that meets this criteria will receive support from the LEPs Solent Growth Hub team and the opportunity to access a new Small Business Expansion Fund, which can provide £10,000 - £100,000 to help businesses kick-start to grow through developing new processes, products, services or markets.

Are you an established business in the Solent looking to GROW? If so, the Solent LEP want to hear from you!

Contact their business concierge service or speak to them about their "Growth Accelerator Programme" - limited places available (from September 2018 - March 2019.

To find out more please visit:

https://solentlep.org.uk/business-support-and-funding/support-for-small-medium-business/


Posted 2018-09-12 11:25:06


What do you know about Apprenticeships?

With the next generation of apprenticeships now fully launched, Solent University want to find out what people really know about them.

What are the facts? What is the fiction? Whether you're involved in apprenticeships or not, Solent University would love you to share your knowledge with them.

Solent University have a quick survey (3 minutes according to Survey Monkey) for you to help them. They will then be in a position to share the anonymous results in their communications (watch this space) and help educate businesses about them.

Please share the survey with your team, colleagues or anyone else. No incentives, no prize draws, just the satisfaction that your input could potentially increase apprenticeship opportunities for people and help their careers. It could even benefit you!

http://bit.ly/2MvnL43



Posted 2018-09-12 11:29:57


Innovate UK Innovation Loans for game-changing ideas or concepts

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game-changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. Proposals can come from any technology area or industry sector and there should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

Your proposal can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and any part of the economy.

Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on late stage research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years on establishing a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Businesses must be able to show that they:

* Can cover interest payments
* Will be able to repay the loan on time
* Need public funding

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available. Projects should last up to 5 years and are expected to start by March 2019.

Registration closes: Wednesday 14 November 2018 12:00pm

For more information please visit:

https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/232/overview

Briefing events: 10th - 19th October

Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Enterprise Europe Network are hosting briefing events across the UK. These events will provide invaluable information on innovation loans, including:

* the approach to credit decision-making
* advice on how to prepare a compelling project application
* discussion on sources of funding for growth through innovation.

To find an event near you, and to register, visit the Innovation loans briefing events page at the following link:

https://www.ktn-uk.co.uk/news/innovation-loans-open-competition-briefing-dates-announced-2


Posted 2018-09-28 12:41:58


HSBC UK Announces £12 Billion Loan Fund for UK SMEs

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The bank’s dedicated SME Fund has increased by £2 billion, following a £10 billion package of support in 2017.

The Fund includes a ring-fenced minimum pot of £300 million to support the UK's agriculture businesses. It also includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support.

Ensuring the Fund remains UK-wide in its support of ambitious companies, it will be split and allocated to specific regions across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

HSBC UK's 2018 SME Fund and broader package of support includes:

* A £12bn UK-wide fund for SMEs, allocated regionally across the UK

* A free banking offer of up to 18 months for start-ups and 12 months for switchers

* A 12 month fixed-price monthly tariff to commence at the end of a customer's initial free banking period

* A Personal Guarantee Fee from just £10 for any lending facility above £10,000

* An arrangement fee of £100 for Small Business Loan of up to £25k

* The Business Lending Eligibility Checker (BLEC) - an online tool offering potential new customers and existing customers a credit decision in principle for loans of up to £30,000 in under two minutes

* A free text alert service for informal overdrafts, which will help customers avoid paying informal overdraft fees and interest

For more information please visit:

https://www.about.hsbc.co.uk/news-and-media/hsbc-uk-lending-fund-committing-12-billion-to-support-uk-smes


Posted 2018-09-25 11:59:05


Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub Launches Funding Programme for people managing engineering start-ups and SMEs

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launch a programme of grants and additional support to improve the leadership skills of those managing engineering start-ups and SMEs in the UK, supporting the pursuit of excellence in engineering.

The SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering.

The aim of the programme is to support the development of leadership skills, through a number of channels:

* A grant of up to £10,000 towards training courses.
* Masterclasses and workshops delivered by senior business leaders held at the Academy.
* Mentoring by an experienced person from the pool of Academy Fellows and partners of the Enterprise Hub.
* One-to-one coaching.
* Public relations support and networking opportunities.
* Access to co-working space and meeting rooms in London.
* lifetime Hub Membership.

Travel and accommodation costs within the UK, for programme activities, will be eligible if they follow the Academy's expenses policy.

Leaders of high growth engineering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK will qualify for assistance.

The submission deadline for the next round of applications is 4pm on Monday 26 November 2018.

For more information please visit:

https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-entrepreneurs/sme-leaders-programme


Posted 2018-09-25 12:05:19


Cowes Harbour launch Landmark Design Competition for 14-18 year olds

The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition is looking for an inspirational design idea for an iconic 'welcome' landmark to be sited on the detached Cowes Breakwater at the mouth of Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight.

Cowes Harbour Commission have created this free-to-enter competition for students across the Isle of Wight aged between 14 and 18 years old. Students are being asked to come up with an exciting design idea for a prominent and striking piece of artwork, sculpture, installation, or architectural fabrication to go on the 350 metre long manmade Cowes Breakwater.

Competition entries will be judged by Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL HonFSE, well-known gardener, presenter, poet, and novelist, Louise Giblin MA MRBS, an award winning sculptor, originally from the Isle of Wight, Paul Armfield, Head of Quay Arts, Newport, and Captain Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: "Cowes Harbour Commission is thrilled to be launching this competition for Island students. We are hoping to find an innovative design idea for the Cowes Breakwater that will provide a local point of interest at the entrance to the harbour, to welcome all seaborne visitors and vessels to Cowes and East Cowes.

Entries to the competition should be submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by 1700hrs on Friday, 11th January 2019.

An exhibition of the short-listed entries is due to be held in Cowes, prior to an Awards Ceremony in March 2019 where the final winners will be announced. Prizes will include a day trip to the London Design Museum, art materials, and a boat trip around Cowes Harbour.

There are plans for the winning design or designs to be re-worked by an art, design or engineering team for a semi-permanent or permanent installation (finance dependent) on the Breakwater in the future.

To find out more, and to download the Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition entry documents, please go to:

http://www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/competition


Posted 2018-09-25 11:50:43


Solent Job and Placement Fair, 18th October 2018, Southampton

If you’re looking to promote your organisation to new talent, this Southampton Solent University event enables you to meet students and recent graduates and pick up top talent for your business. Last year, over 65 businesses attended and 500+ students and graduates.

Use this event for:

* Promoting graduate roles, graduate schemes, graduate internships
* Advertising student placements: summer or term-time opportunities
* Raising your employer profile on Solent's campus
* Connecting with other recruiters

There are over 70 confirmed exhibitors including: Arqiva, Garmin, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, RNLI, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and more!

For more information and details of how to book your free space please follow the link:

https://tinyurl.com/ydz79h92

You can also advertise your vacancies to students and graduates on the Solent Graduate Jobs website at:

https://graduatejobs.solent.ac.uk/


Posted 2018-09-18 11:51:46


Advanced Engineering 2018 - NEC Birmingham, 31st October - 1st November 2018

The Advanced Engineering 2018 Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of the UK's advanced engineering professionals. This year, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the European Regional Fund (ERDF) will be creating a one-stop-shop for UK engineering businesses.

As part of the DIT South East stand at Advanced Engineering 2018 we are inviting companies like you to showcase your business on our stand.

This is an incredible opportunity to:

* Hear from industry experts for free - access over 200 presentations and case studies from OEMs and top tier speakers through six open forums
* Grow your network - meet partners from this years brand new sectors; Nuclear Engineering and UK Contract Manufacturing zones
* Discover what Industry 4.0 means for you - visit the expanded Connected Manufacturing show zone and conference
* (And much more!)

Date
31st October - 1st November 2018

Location
Birmingham

Participation Fee
£400 (+ VAT) (payable on successful application)

For more information please follow the link:

https://events.newable.co.uk/events/41/advanced-engineering-2018-nec-birmingham


Posted 2018-09-18 11:35:21


Multi-Use Platforms at Sea ENTROPI project presentation at Business2Sea, 15th November 2018, Portugal

The Business 2 Sea Sea Forum is an international event dedicated to the development of projects and businesses in the different sectors of the marine and maritime economy. The ENTROPI project, looking at business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at sea will be presented at the event.

The ENTROPI project will be discussed during the thematic session of Shipbuilding and Marine Renewable Energy on the 15th of November from 14h00 - 17h30 at the Alfandega Exhibition Centre in Porto, Portugal.

The event is open to the participation of all types of organizations - companies and business associations, higher education institutions, research centers, entities with intervention in the marine and maritime.

Registration is now open to reserve your place at this session:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdv6iBEKPP5d45ahRQbP3zx7XknAcu81wlmOZyOsVooxy_FPA/viewform

To find out more about the ENTROPI project and business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at Sea please visit:

http://www.offshoreplatforms.eu and register to join the Interest Group to receive regular updates via the website.

For more information about the Business2Sea event please go to:

http://www.forumoceano.pt/p185-business2sea-sea-forum-2018-en

And for the full programme visit:

http://www.forumoceano.pt/p205-business2sea-sea-forum-programme-provisional-version-en

ENTROPI is co-funded by the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund.


Posted 2018-08-10 14:17:37