News from Partners and Projects


The Humber LEP have been successful in their bid to the Careers and Enterprise Company to become a careers hub.

They are now looking to recruit, follow the link for details.


SparkFund is seeking to recruit two additional Innovation Managers and a Procurement Support Officer. These posts will be based with the current team at the University of Hull in the Research and Enterprise department, although the roles will cover the YNYER and Humber Local Economic Partnership (LEP) areas so travel will be essential.

The Innovation Managers will work directly with SMEs across the two LEP areas. This work will include: proactively engaging beneficiaries; leading a diagnostic process; supporting SMEs in action planning and project development to secure grant assistance; supporting SMEs to procure delivery agents; key account management as SME projects are implemented; and evaluating outcomes.

The Procurement Support Officer will work to closely with the beneficiary SMEs and the SparkFund Central Team to ensure the efficient.

Details of the roles can be found at:


Upskilling the Female Workforce Event

Please use the below link for more details and to book a place. This SSW event is funded through ESF in partnership with the Humber LEP and will be held on Thursday 14 June.

Event Details



Information regarding the calls can be found at the following links:

Next Call #7, for approved expressions of interests submitting their full application, is as follows:

Preparation phase: 29 June – 2 September

Submission phase: 3 September – 1 October

The decision for the expressions of interests and full applications submitted in March/April will be made in mid-late June 2018; project beneficiaries will be contacted directly by the Joint Secretariat. Decisions for call 7, in October, will be in December. At present we do not have details regarding the next Expression of Interest call but we will be in touch as soon as we have something confirmed, including local event details.

Registration is now open for the North Sea Annual Conference. The theme this year is about “setting the future”, and the event will be taking place 13-14th June in Fredrikstad (Norway). Please register by following the link below, places are limited:

In conjunction with the North Sea Conference, there are also two interactive workshops in Fredrikstad on June 13th (before the North Sea Conference starts):

Communication Bootcamp: This event is for project communication managers. > Learn more and register

Idea Generation Camp: This event helps project developers build a road map towards a successful North Sea Region project, from the initial idea to developing your concept and liaising with the right partners, to designing your application. > Learn more and register

There has also been a recently published joint paper on transnational cooperation:


Launch of the 7th call for projects of the NORTH-WEST EUROPE Interreg Programme

Seventh call for projects of the North-West Europe (NWE) Interreg Programme NOW OPEN until 26th of April 2018

We are looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens. The three main themes are “Innovation”, “Low Carbon”, and “Resources and materials efficiency”. If you have an idea that could make one of our programme objectives a reality, we would like to hear from you. Projects can be supported with up to 60% of EU funding (ERDF). You can find a quick overview of the programme in the NWE leaflet.

Do you have a project idea? get in touch with your UK Contact Points to help develop your project idea, find partners in other countries, and provide feedback on your draft application. Get in touch with us to know more about the programme and how to apply.

Emily Shephard:

Filippo Compagni:

Share or join an idea – Do you have a project idea and are looking for partners? Submit your idea and it will be published on our website. Ready to be a project partner? Check the list of project ideas.

You can also join the discussion via our LinkedIn groups for Innovation, Low-Carbon and Resource & Materials Efficiency.


The new Technical Assistance Call has been released and can be found here on the website. As the lead partner of the current Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be applying to deliver both ERDF and ESF TA against this new Call to enable the continuation of available TA for the ESIF 2014-2020 Programme. As such, we are seeking delivery partners as well as strategic partners to join the Phase 2 Partnership. As a delivery partner it is expected that partners will play a significant role in the delivery of technical assistance phase 2. If your organisation would like to be a delivery partner of either the ERDF, ESF or both please complete and return the below Expression of Interest (EOI) form to as soon as possible.



The University of Hull are holding two events at The Enterprise Centre on Thursday 8 March 2018. Please use the links below to book a place.

Intellectual Property and What It Means To Your Business hosted by the SparkFund and Partners.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Women Mean Business hosted by the Enterprise Centre (University of Hull) and Partners.


The Humber LEP are holding a Funding for Rural Business Event on 21 February between 12.30 – 15.30pm at Driffield RUFC, Kelleythorpe, Driffield, YO25 9DW

Are you looking for funding for your rural business? This free event will showcase the range of grant funding that is available to rural Small and Medium sized businesses in the Humber and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. You will have the opportunity to hear about the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme and LEADER grants, funded by the European Union, as well as the wide range of funding and support available in the area through the Humber Business Growth Hub.

RDPE Growth Programme Grants are currently available for investments in:

Food Processing
Rural Business Development
Tourism Infrastructure (including tourism accommodation.

The Humber and York, North Yorkshire, East Riding LEPs are working with the RDPE team in delivering this event to provide potential applicants with information about:

the various grants available
what is eligible and non-eligible activity
how to apply
the application process

Registration and a buffet lunch will be available from 12.30pm, with the main event commencing at 1.15pm. Networking opportunities will be available both before the event over lunch and at the end. Click here to book your place.

If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact Laura Barley


England ERDF and ESF 2014 to 2020 Programmes are inviting those interested to complete a short survey to help shape the communication activities for the coming year. If you would like to take part please use the below link. The closing date for the survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete, is Monday 5 February. 
Communications Survey.


Community-Led Local Development Grants will help people in Hull access and create local economic opportunities through 5 priority activities:

  • Targeted training in key work-related skills
  • Making it easier to find and access work
  • Growing integrated community hubs
  • Supporting local and community businesses
  • Joining up support to increase household incomes

CLLD Grants will be available on a matched funding basis to businesses, voluntary and community sector groups, and other organisations to deliver projects in 4 “hub areas” of Hull

  • North Hull & Orchard Park
  • East Hull
  • Bransholme
  • West Hull & Central

Want to know more? A programme of FREE CLLD Grants information sessions will be held across Hull between 29th January and 7th February 2018. Each venue will host 2 sessions—from 10:00 to 12:30 am with a repeat from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

The Guildhall, Jan 29th 2018
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

North Bransholme, Jan 31st 2018
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Freedom Centre, Feb 1st 2018
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Unity in the Community, Feb 2nd 2018
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Centre 88, Feb 6th 2018
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

The Guildhall, Feb 7th 2018 (Businesses only)
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM


The YNYER LEP Business Support Toolkit has now been published.

Business Support Toolkit


Humber LEP have just released ERDF and EAFRD Implementation Plans on the LEP website

The Implementation Plans are in the key documents at the bottom of the page. They are designed to give potential applicants an overview of anticipated activities to implement the Humber ESIF Strategy. This is subject to change as it is the Managing Authority that has the final responsibility for agreeing and issuing calls for projects but it sets out their intended programme at this time.