ERDF INFO EVENT - EXETER
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 13:30 to 16:30
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) from the 2014 - 2020 Growth Programme for England, the Heart of the South West has been allocated European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to support innovation, competitiveness of SMEs, ICT and the low carbon economy, and April 2016 will see a new round of ERDF funding opportunities.
To encourage applications from a diverse range of organisations, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is holding two half-day events to provide potential applicants for ERDF with information and networking opportunities in relation to the expected April 2016 ERDF calls for innovation, social enterprise, SME digital utilisation and workspace activities in the HotSW area of Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
It’s a common misconception that EU funding is only for local government and other publicly funded bodies. HotSW LEP wants to encourage organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to take up the opportunities presented by EU funding, and we’re here to help and guide people through the process to generate high quality projects that deliver the maximum economic benefits for our area.
WHO ARE THESE EVENTS FOR?
The Heart of the South West ERDF Information Events are particularly aimed at potential ERDF applicants, and these events can help businesses and other organisations understand the scope of upcoming funding opportunities and how to apply. Please note that to be eligible for ERDF applicants must be a legally constituted body and not an individual or sole trader.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED?
An overview of the strategic context for ERDF activity in the Heart of the South West, including the ESIF Strategy;
Information on expected April 2016 ERDF calls for innovation, social enterprise, SME digital utilisation and workspace activities in the Heart of the South West and associated application processes; and
Opportunities to network and identify potential partners in relation to expected upcoming ERDF funding opportunities in the Heart of the South West.
Events will take place from 13.30 to 16.30 on:
Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Westpoint Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
Thursday 17th March 2016 - Taunton Rugby Football Club, Hyde Park, Hyde Lane, Taunton, TA2 8BU - Click Here For Details
Events are free to attend and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Please be aware each registration entitles you to one place at the event and organisations are able to make up to two registrations
**Deadline for registrations is 5pm on Monday 7th March.**
Please register for one of the following breakout sessions centered on expected April 2016 ERDF funding opportunities by choosing your ticket option above.
April 2016 ERDF funding opportunities are expected to include:
- Innovation - Expected c. £7.2 million ERDF call for the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to further innovation in the marine, environmental futures, big data and healthy ageing areas of economic activity.
- Social Enterprise – Expected c. £1.34 million ERDF call for the Heart of the South West for activity to support the start-up and growth of social enterprises. Funding is expected to comprise c. £0.34 million for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and c. £1 million for the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
- Workspace – Expected c. £4 million ERDF call for the Heart of the South West for enterprise/incubation space where the market has failed to provide and there is evidenced unmet demand. Funding is expected to comprise c. £1 million for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and c. £3 million for the ‘Transition ‘area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
- SME Digital Utilisation - Expected c. £1.22 million ERDF call for the Heart of the South West for activity to support SMEs to take advantage of new digital technologies. Funding is expected to comprise to support SMEs to take advantage of new digital technologies. Funding is expected to comprise c. £0.22 million for the ‘More Developed’ for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and c. £1 million for the ‘Transition ‘area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay
The information you provide to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership will be used for the purposes of the Heart of the South West ERDF Information Events. Attendee names, roles, organisations and e-mail addresses
may be shared with other attendees for the purposes of networking. Your information will not be passed to any other organisation unless this is made clear to you. You may see a copy of the information we hold about you at any
Please note that, as part of the ERDF Information Event, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) may record your image on video and/or in photography. Videos / photography may appear in HotSW LEP publications and promotional materials, on the HotSW LEP website and/or in the media. In registering for the event, you are confirming your acceptance of these arrangements.
The events are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Local Growth Fund
When & Where
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, social enterprises, universities and colleges.
Our purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West area covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
Further information on the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is available at: www.heartofswlep.co.uk