Government has invited NEP to pilot two initiatives designed not only to support business growth, productivity and innovation, but also to strengthen links between the worlds of education and work.
Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise for All’ pilot
NEP has been awarded £100,000 by government to develop a network of Enterprise Advisers, a new approach to connecting schools with their local business communities.
Originally proposed in Lord Young’s 2014 ‘Enterprise for All’ report, government plans to work with six of the UK’s 39 LEPs to pilot this initiative which, if successful, will be rolled out country-wide.
A meeting in October focussed on how to immediately mobilise the programme. This included identification of the Enterprise Advisers who will work with schools to strengthen the links between the world of education and the world of work.
Northamptonshire schools are invited to take part in this exciting opportunity.
Initial enquiries should be made by Friday November 7th to Jo Lappin, Chief Executive, by emailing HERE
Business Support Simplification Pilot
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) recently invited NEP to pilot the rationalisation and simplification of business support within Northamptonshire alongside the M3 Corridor and Sheffield LEPs. This work is now underway using the funding provided by BIS.
Over £46k of funding has been made available to support the work which will see NEP undertake a comprehensive review of the business support landscape to identify how this can work best for Northamptonshire businesses. Highbury Ltd, who have been appointed to lead the project, will be focusing on support for innovative industries and new technologies and will provide a report that maps the existing business support landscape and makes recommendations on how this might be streamlined.
Full conclusions and recommendations from the work are anticipated in March 2015.
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