ERDF INFO EVENT
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 from 10:30 to 15:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) has recently been notified that a new round of ERDF funding opportunities will be launched shortly. We welcome this development and that our economies can continue to benefit from these monies. In support of these upcoming ERDF calls for project proposals, the HotSW LEP is holding an 'ERDF Info Event' on 7 December. The event aims to help prospective applicants understand what is needed for a successful ERDF application and will feature speakers from the Department of Communities and Local Government who manage the ERDF programme.
The main event will provide potential ERDF applicants with information and networking opportunities in relation to anticipated December 2016 ERDF calls for project proposals in the Heart of the South West. This will be followed by a session looking in more detail at the ERDF low carbon priority and associated funding opportunities. Individuals are able to register for the main event only or both the main event and the low carbon session.
Specific upcoming ERDF funding opportunities are expected to include:
- £2.8 million ERDF for activity to further innovation in the aerospace sector in the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset only;
- £500,000 ERDF for activity which builds the innovation capacity of SMEs by linking students and graduates to industry (e.g. collaborative project, placements or internships) in the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay only;
- £1.5 million ERDF (£1 million for the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and £500,000 for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset) for activity to support SMEs to take advantage of new digital technologies to drive business transformation and growth; and
- £2.95 million ERDF (£2.25 million for the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and £700,000 for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset) for provision of investor readiness support to help SMEs access the finance they require to grow.
- £5 million ERDF (£2.5 million for the 'Transition' area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and £2.5 million for the 'More Developed' area of Somerset) for activity to support the shift to a low carbon economy.
Please note that all ERDF call details given above are, at this stage, provisional and may be subject to change.
WHO IS THE EVENT FOR?
The Heart of the South West ERDF Info Event is aimed at potential ERDF applicants from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. 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?
The event will include:
An overview of ERDF activity in the Heart of the South West;
Information on expected December 2016 ERDF calls for aerospace, linking students and graduates to industry, SME digital utilisation, investor readiness and low carbon 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.
The event is part-funded by ERDF and forms part of the Heart of the South West Technical Assistance Project and the Heart of the South West LEP Conversations.
WHEN IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
The Heart of the South West ERDF Info Event will take place on Wednesday 7 December at Exeter Racecourse.
The main event will run from 10.30 to 12.30 (refreshments from 10.00). This will be followed by a networking lunch and a session looking in-depth at funding opportunities under the ERDF low carbon priority, with the full event closing at 15.00.
Individuals are able to register here for the main event only or both the main event and the low carbon session.
The event is free to attend and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
**Please note that the deadline for registrations is midday on Friday 2 December **
The information you provide to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) will be used for the purposes of the Heart of the South West LEP and the ERDF Info 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 time.
Please note that, as part of the ERDF Info Events, 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.
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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