Posted on: 01/03/2022
Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership successfully secured £3.26m funding for five projects via the £220m UK Community Renewal Fund. The fund will contribute to the levelling up agenda by investing in people, places, businesses, and communities improving everyday life across the UK.
Exemplas is leading two of these projects, which will be delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and Visit Herts. The packages of tailored business support will help to grow the local Hertfordshire economy after the pandemic.
The Building Back Better Growth Programme: supporting small businesses to scale-up sustainably
The Building Back Better Growth Programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, is aimed at helping SMEs to sustain their recovery and growth following the pandemic, as well as equipping them with the skills and capabilities they need to develop their sustainable practices, net-zero literacy, and digitalisation.
A range of tailored support packages are available to SMEs to achieve this, including 1-2-1 mentoring, grant funding, the sustainability accelerator programme and webinar events.
Herts Camera Action: capitalising on Hertfordshire’s world-class film and TV industry
The Herts Camera Action project, delivered in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and Visit Herts, kickstarts innovation by supporting the creative industries’ supply chain, investing in creative skills and knowledge exchange, and developing a series of brand-new screen tourism products to support the rebuild of Hertfordshire’s visitor economy. It aims to help capitalise on the estimated £140m spent by international visitors’ on-screen tourism across England (excl. London) each year.
Businesses have access to a package of support including specialist 1-2-1 advice, knowledge exchange, grant funding, skills support, and the screen tourism development programme.
Find out more about how Herts Camera Action will drive creative innovation and culture-led regeneration through the film industry here.
Neil Rutledge, Deputy Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, comments on the success for Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership:
“This £3.26m funding will deliver a raft of measures to support people and communities most in need by piloting programmes and new approaches to drive innovation and productivity, champion local business and create employment opportunities within our key sectors.”
Liza Armstrong, Head of Service, Hertfordshire Growth Hub comments:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Hertfordshire and Visit Herts. The package of support provided through these projects will help businesses to maximise the opportunities available to support businesses towards sustainable growth”