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Collaboration 4 Growth Funding and Support

Collaboration 4 Growth (C4G) offers grants and business support for micro, small, or medium size businesses in Lincoln, North Kesteven, and West Lindsey.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln BIG are working in partnership to provide business support to new and existing SME businesses who trade on a businesses to businesses basis. Eligible businesses can receive up to 12 hours support or a grant to support the growth and diversification of their organisation.

The grant scheme has been able to offer revenue and capital grants between £2,000 and £7,000 supporting activities such as the creation or implementation of new systems and purchasing new equipment. Businesses can access 12 hours free business advice with one to one or one to many support in the form of workshops/networking opportunities. Businesses are entitled to receive a grant OR 12 hour’s free business advice. The C4G project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

England moves to Step 4 of the Covid-19 roadmap

Step 4 of the roadmap proceeded as planned on Monday 19 July, as confirmed by the Prime Minister.

The Government is emphasising caution and personal responsibility as cases continue to rise but links with hospitalisations and deaths have been weakened due to national vaccination efforts. Current published guidance can be found here.

Visit Lincoln free online course & new cycle friendly accreditation

Becoming Cycle Friendly is a free online course for businesses in the Greater Lincolnshire area looking to welcome cyclists, whether you are an accommodation provider, food and drink business, local attraction or have a cycle specific product offer.

The course is designed to equip businesses with essential information on Lincolnshire's cycle routes and how they can work with Cycle Lincolnshire to attract more cyclists to the area.

As well as helping you understand how to market to cyclists, the course is an informative resource for adapting and preparing your business facilities in order to become Cycle Friendly.

“Becoming Cycle Friendly” consists of three concise online modules that can be completed as one session or individually at your convenience.

New hospitality strategy to help pubs, bars and restaurants build back better from the pandemic

The first-ever hospitality strategy has been launched to support the reopening, recovery and resilience of England’s pubs, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs.

Measures to build back better and greener from the pandemic include bringing businesses together with universities to boost innovation, and reducing waste and plastic consumption. A Hospitality Sector Council has been established and co-chaired by entrepreneur Karen Jones and Minister Scully to oversee delivery of the strategy. Further information is available here.

Skills training boosted across the country

Free skills courses expanded for adults across the country to upskill or retrain for better paid jobs. Further measures to boost the nation’s skills, level up opportunities and get more people into better paid jobs were announced last week.

The measures come after the Prime Minister delivered his levelling up speech, where he underlined the need to escalate the value of practical and vocational education through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which will boost skills and open up opportunities for more people at every stage of their lives.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

The Council offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can assist businesses and provide bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email

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Events for the weeks ahead

28/07/2021 10:00-13:00 Greater Lincolnshire Online Jobs Fair

11/08/2021 10:00-11:00  Allergen Labelling: Prepacked Food for Direct Sale (PPDS) Workshop

24/08/2021 10:00-12:30 Women in Innovation Awards Briefing