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Apprenticeship Levy – Are you Levywise?

Employer events sponsored by D2N2 LEP, Delivered by Workpays

Who should attend? Anyone wanting to know more about the Apprentice Levy including those responsible for finance, HR or training, in particular those who are responsible for compliance, payroll and training.

Why attend? As businesses will no doubt already be aware the Apprenticeship Levy comes into force on 6 April 2017, applying to businesses with a payroll of £3 million or more (any connected businesses will be included in the calculation) it will also affect the way in which smaller business access funding for apprenticeship schemes. The information available to date is at times very confusing and in most cases is provided by training companies who are attempting to sell their specific training to you, we are taking a different approach.

This seminar will guide you through the regulations, giving you clear and easy to understand practical advice on what the levy means for your business ensuring you can make the most of the new system and preventing any unexpected surprises.


Derbyshire Cricket Ground, The 3aaa County Ground, Nottingham Rd, Derby DE21 6DA

Monday 3 April 2017, 8am – 10.30am

Registration deadline: Friday 31st March 12.00pm.


Uniper Technologies Limited Engineering Academy, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, NG11 0EG

Wednesday 12 April, 2017, 10.00 am – 1.30 pm

Registration deadline: 7 April 12.00pm.

For more information, contact Helen Richardson on 07772357890 or email to

ERDF Technical Assistance workshop for the High Growth Business

Date: Thursday 6 April 2017, 10 am to 2.00pm, including lunch

Venue: Chesterfield FC, Proact Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ

The workshop is designed to support organisations in making good quality applications to deliver projects that will to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that specifically:

  • support the creation and extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • support the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation

If you would like to attend, please register online through Eventbrite at Alternatively, please contact Natasha Kitchen at with your name, organisation/company and any access or dietary requirements. The deadline for registrations is Friday 31st March 2017 at 12.30pm.

£3million to benefit rural areas covered by D2N2

Micro businesses, companies producing food products and cycle networks in the rural areas covered by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will receive a £3million investment boost.

Rural businesses wanting support to improve demand for their agricultural and horticultural products, or to create more jobs, or companies or organisations intent on improving countryside cycle networks for tourism or recreational use, can apply for funding from January 2017.

Money for the three programmes is being made available via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) portion of D2N2’s current EU funding. The D2N2 LEP is the private-sector led partnership of businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The details of the three new programmes which project organisers can bid for funding from – via the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website – are:

*Food Processing – £501,253 is being made available to support the growth of food and drink processing businesses.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Create new, higher skilled jobs.
  • Develop strong supply chains within the D2N2 area. 
  • Support businesses’ growth via export and accessing new international markets, or increase the volume of products exported.
  • Bring in new techniques or processes which increase production and productivity.

Project bidders must apply for at least £50,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £501,253. The programme will be open for applications for 18 months, while funding is available.

*Business Development – £1.6million is being made available to invest in rural micro and small business ventures, including farming businesses diversification into non-farming activities (for example, land used for tourism or leisure-based attractions).

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Develop high growth businesses linked to D2N2’s eight key commercial sectors: transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, food and drink manufacturing, construction, transport and logistics, the visitor economy, creative and digital industries, and low carbon goods and services.
  • Create new jobs within the business applying for funding.
  • Develop new higher skilled jobs within the applicant business.
  • Demonstrate business innovation, boosting productivity by introducing or developing new technologies or processes within the business applying.

Project bidders must apply for at least £35,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £170,000. The programme will be open for applications for 18 months, while funding is available.

*Rural Tourism Infrastructure – £928,247 will be used to develop rural tourism infrastructure, particularly recreational cycling, in D2N2’s rural areas.

Project bidders can apply for capital funding to build schemes which connect rural attractions, encouraging more recreational cycling and greater numbers of visitors to come to those areas.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Enable new or existing attractions to improve their offer to visitors, encouraging longer stays and increased tourism spending in the rural D2N2 LEP area.
  • Extend the tourism season beyond the usual May to October period.
  • Improve access links to and between visitor attractions, including through development of multi-user paths.
  • Support cycling’s development, building on recent successes such as the 2015 and 2016 ‘Tour of Britain’ cycling events.
  • Create new skilled jobs in applicant businesses.
  • Develop visitor accommodation where there is a demand for additional accommodation, as detailed in the D2N2 LEP area’s Destination Management Plan or LEP Tourism Strategy.

Project bidders must apply for at least £50,000 in grant aid. The maximum grant is £170,000. The programme will be open for applications for 12 months, while funding is available.

For more information about all three programmes and to apply for funding go to Gov.Uk website link  Grants given will only cover a percentage of projects’ costs, with successful bidders expected to also invest.

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