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One of the UK's last independent newspapers looks to the future with launch of new incubation centre
05 November 2018

One of the UK's last independent newspapers looks to the future with launch of new incubation centre

The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times will officially open IncuHive New Milton on Thursday 8th November offering 21st century facilities for entrepreneurs, including a manufacturing lab, office space, and investment and mentoring opportunities.

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Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator helps raise the dough for company expansion
29 October 2018

Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator helps raise the dough for company expansion

Bakedin is one of the first companies to receive funding from the new Enterprise M3 (EM3) II Funding Escalator, financed by EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and managed by The FSE Group. The Basingstoke manufacturer of home baking kits has experienced significant growth over the past three years and has now secured a £150,000 Expansion Loan to grow the business further. Founded five years ago by three friends with a passion for baking, Bakedin offers a home baking experience made a little easier by providing conveniently packaged, pre-weighed and measured dry ingredients for a variety of recipes. Their range features well-known favourites such as chocolate brownies and iced buns as well as some more unusual culinary delights including gin & tonic cupcakes and whoopie pies. Since securing a farm shop outside Newbury as its first stockist in 2014, the business has gone from strength to strength and is now available in over 1,000 outlets. In addition to its retail store...

Enterprise M3’s investment in high skills, high value economy
23 October 2018

Enterprise M3’s investment in high skills, high value economy

The Enterprise M3 LEP is committed to working with businesses and further education providers to support the area's workforce to acquire the necessary skills for its high value economy. It has already invested and is continuing to invest up to £32m in FE Colleges and skills, including ten STEM and digital centres.  Alongside business, the LEP is also developing a virtual college to help train and support the workforce to respond to future skills demands in the emerging AI and Clean Growth industries which will deliver prosperity in the region. The Innovation South Virtual Campus (ISVC) concept brings together universities, further education colleges and businesses to deliver training in an innovative accessible way.  The ISVC aims to meet the skills needs identified in the Innovation South Science & Audit Report of both employees and employers in the digital sector. The Innovation South report evidences the need for more and more employees to have better technical specialist...

Multi-million pound 'Enterprise M3 Clean Growth Enterprise Fund' announced
22 October 2018

Multi-million pound 'Enterprise M3 Clean Growth Enterprise Fund' announced

Pictured: Enterprise M3 Chair, Dave Axam, launching the Enterprise M3 Clean Growth Enterprise Fund at Accelerating the Clean Economy in the South at Marwell Wildlife The multi million pound 'Enterprise M3 Clean Growth Enterprise Fund' has been announced as part of the Government's Green GB Week. Entrepreneurs and innovators in the private and public sectors are being invited to come up with ambitious, ground breaking capital projects to help drive a step change in clean growth in the Enterprise M3 LEP area.  Chair of Enterprise M3, Dave Axam, launched plans for the growth fund at an event in Hampshire when he pledged to turn Green GB Week into Green GB Everyday. Speaking at "Accelerating the Clean Economy in the South" at Marwell Wildlife, Mr Axam, said: "Our vision is the Enterprise M3 area becomes known at home and abroad for its high tech; high growth; low carbon economy.  "Our Strategic Economic Plan, just published, sets out how we want to focus our region's economy ...

LEP Funding supports students with New Technology Tower
22 October 2018

LEP Funding supports students with New Technology Tower

Pictured: Sarah Carter, Enterprise M3's Head of Skills, Barney Ely, Enterprise M3 Board Member, Jacki Hughes, Principal of the Guildford College Group and Cllr Richard Billington, Deputy Mayor of Guildford, at the launch  Construction students at Guildford College are benefiting from newly refurbished workshops this year, thanks in part to Enterprise M3, a Local Enterprise Partnership, who co-funded the creation of the College's new Technology Tower. The Tower was officially opened last week by Richard Billington, Deputy Mayor of Guildford, alongside Jacki Hughes Principal of the Guildford College Group, Barney Ely, Enterprise M3 Board Member and HR Director for Hays as well as representatives from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, a number of local employers, as well as staff and students from the College. Barney Ely said "Guildford is a key town in the Enterprise M3 area with high value businesses and economic success; high quality skills provision is needed to...

£2m European funding pot for Enterprise M3 businesses
22 October 2018

£2m European funding pot for Enterprise M3 businesses

Pictured: Mark Lebus, Chair of Enterprise M3's Rural Action Group opening the ERDF specification launch and partnering event on Thursday 11 October.  Enterprise M3 LEP is offering £2m of European investment to businesses in its area that are developing cutting-edge technology.  The funding is part of a £6.2m European Regional Development Fund allocated to the LEP. Thirty per cent of the funding will go to low carbon initiatives. LEP chair Dave Axam said: "This might include production, accessibility and adoption of renewable energy; promoting energy efficiency; developing research and innovation low carbon technologies, and supporting their adoption.   As well as low carbon businesses, those enterprises who can benefit include those in the fields of Internationalisation, Access to Finance, Digital Growth, 5G, Life Sciences and Advanced engineering. ERDF can cover up to 50 per cent of expenditure of projects delivered up until 31 December 2023. The deadline for outline...

Enterprise M3 LEP to offer Brexit guidance and support
22 October 2018

Enterprise M3 LEP to offer Brexit guidance and support

Businesses, especially SMEs, in the Enterprise M3 area can look forward to some impartial advice as we approach Brexit.  Enterprise M3 LEP is working with a number of partners, including the Chambers of Commerce in Surrey and Hampshire, the Federation of Small Business, County Councils and the Department for International Trade (DIT) to support businesses to prepare for Brexit. We will be rolling out a programme of advice and practical guidance in the coming weeks and months. The Enterprise M3 region has a strong foundation and culture of international trade. Many of our businesses are successful exporters.   Working with DIT, we will work to ensure those businesses can continue exporting successfully. And we will encourage those businesses with potential for international trade but no current track record, to consider the advantages for growth, especially in the high tech sectors which set our region apart: digital technologies; satellite technologies; life science and...

Innovation and ideas in new strategy will realise Enterprise M3’s economic ambitions
22 October 2018

Innovation and ideas in new strategy will realise Enterprise M3’s economic ambitions

A vision to transform Enterprise M3 into a globally competitive region, unique for its knowledge, digital and design-based economy, has been outlined with practical steps. ‘A Strategic Economic Plan for the Enterprise M3 area 2018 2030' sets out how an already-established national asset and economic powerhouse, can grow its economy by four per cent each year and add £39bn of GVA to the UK economy. Enterprise M3 already contributes 2.9 per cent of the UK's annual economic output, clearly punching above its weight. Our area has excellent connectivity to the UK road network, airports including Heathrow and Gatwick, its own Farnborough Airport, as well as Dover and Southampton ports. Our businesses thrive in high value sectors such as digital, defence/aerospace, satellite technology, business services, and the creative industries. Towns including Guildford, Aldershot, Farnham and Basingstoke excel in gaming, software development, electronic equipment, creative arts and software...

Help our Young People by becoming an Enterprise Adviser
22 October 2018

Help our Young People by becoming an Enterprise Adviser

The role of the Enterprise Adviser is a strategic one; bringing real business experience to schools and their young people. Enterprise Advisers are senior leaders in business with experience of senior level engagement and strategy.  Employers can benefit from becoming part of the Enterprise Adviser Network in a number of ways, primarily: - the programme can form part of the business' corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment;- the programme gives the business the opportunity to interact with their future consumers as well as their future workforce;- some businesses have reported increased employee engagement as a result of the programme; and- the programme allows employers to support their local economy. If you would like to become an Enterprise Adviser, you can find out more here or please email us here

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