Category: Business

Funding for community skills projects available for Bedfordshire

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) launches the second round of Community Grants. SEMLEP’s Community Grants programme offers voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations grant funding between £10,000 to £20,000 to provide local support to people who are unemployed, helping them to take up training, volunteering or get back into work.

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Cranfield HR expert warns peer-to-peer bonuses may have ‘unintended’ negative consequences

Responding to a report by the BBC’s ‘Wake up to Money’ on the practice, Dr Monica Franco-Santos, Reader in Organisational Governance at Cranfield School of Management and an expert in the design and implementation of executive compensation systems and other HR initiatives, argues that advocates of peer-to-peer bonuses make a number of assumptions about their effectiveness that can often prove to be unfounded in the long term.

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Employers asked to ‘Give an Hour’ to inspire young people

Give an Hour calls for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer an hour of their time to help young people be prepared for the fast-changing world of work.

The initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and part of SEMLEP’s #GrowingTalent campaign highlights that in as little as one hour organisations can help to transform a young person’s future by bringing to life career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.

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SME businesses encouraged to take advantage of final stages of grant scheme

Businesses across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) region are being encouraged to take advantage of the final stages of a grant programme run by Cranfield University, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Under the IMAGE (Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy) programme, businesses in the region can apply for a grant of up to £8,750 to receive part-funding for a research and development project to be carried out with universities.

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