Following the launch of a £20 million North West pilot before Christmas, the manufacturers’ organisation Make UK (formally EEF) yesterday called on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to increase investment in the Made Smarter business support programme and roll it out nationally as early as this year.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just been awarded a £56.5m contract package as a result of bidding for ESF from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This European Social Fund investment package will be delivered in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Sheffield City Region over the next two years.
This week marks one year since Mayor Andy Burnham launched the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) – an initiative that supports Manchester, Salford and Trafford residents from all walks of life, whether long-term unemployed, recently made redundant or facing challenges with disabilities or health conditions.
Recently, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced that the UK is set to become a ‘world leader’ in the race to eliminate some of the most damaging security threats facing businesses in a bid to better protect both organisations and consumers. Read on to learn about how this can benefit your business.
Recently, Employment Minister Alok Sharma announced that jobseekers will soon benefit from a mentoring scheme designed to tackle employment inequality across the UK. Michelle Leeson, managing director of GC Employment, speaks about the changes this initiative could have.
It’s been announced that the government is planning for a no-deal Brexit. The UK’s five leading business groups – which represent hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country – are calling on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no deal’. They insist that employers are ‘nowhere near ready’ for the implications of a no-deal Brexit.
The care industry is facing a growing workforce crisis – a crisis which, according to IPPR research, is ‘undermining the sustainability of the system and quality of care across the north of England’. Given that Greater Manchester (and beyond) is facing challenges associated with an ageing population, the findings are very worrying.
It was recently announced that long-term unemployed disabled people will have access to a dedicated key worker to help them find sustainable employment. Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd, said that the new £40 million funding is expected to help 10,000 people nationwide.
The Creative Industries Minister, Margot James, recently announced that more than £20 million is being invested into creative industries in the UK. It’s hoped that the funding will help to attract new talent, boost education and skills and help existing creative businesses to scale up their operations.
New figures from HMRC show that the number of businesses exporting goods in the United Kingdom has increased to 110,000 - a rise of 1.5% from the same quarter last year. In the year ending September 2018, exports of goods from England alone increased by 3.1% to £247.6 billion.