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Discussions are taking place in Government about the shape of investment programmes post Brexit for those areas that have benefitted from European funding such as employment and economic infrastructure and business projects. The first public announcements on this are likely to come in the Chancellor's Statement in the Autumn. A Green Paper with more detail will probably be published in the New Year. The local Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has commissioned work to start exploring a LEP perspective for the new policy. 


Last year Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce launched a two-week Festival for Businesses. This year it's three jam-packed days. The team is excited to welcome businesses of all shapes and sizes, including social enterprises and any organisation that seeks to apply business skills. The Festival starts with The Inspirational Day from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday 7 November at the headquarters of iconic global business, JCB. There will be three amazing speakers:

Leadership Programme, The King's Fund - for leaders in the Voluntary & Community Sector

Cascading Leadership Programme

This free programme matches experienced, high-performing leaders in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with others in the sector to share their knowledge and provide peer support. It is designed for those who want to develop both their organisational and leadership skills and contribute to the sector.

Staffordshire LEADER Programme

If you are planning a rural project in Staffordshire that is likely to create jobs and/ or have a significant economic impact in your community, have a look at Staffordshire LEADER funding. The current funding round opened on 5th January 2017. Outline applications need to be submitted by Sunday 19th February 2017. If your outline application is deemed to be eligible and meets the local priorities of the Staffordshire LEADER Programme, you will be invited to make a full application.

March Staffordshire Moorlands VCSE Forum to be held in Cheadle

The next Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) forum for Staffordshire Moorlands will be held in Cheadle on Tuesday 7 March from 2-4 pm at Cheadle Fire Station. We’re hoping that groups based in the Cheadle area will come along for a chat and to hear about various initiatives in the area, funding opportunities and how Support Staffordshire could help and support your group or any new group.

Snapshot Skills Survey

Please take time to complete this short 10 question survey designed to establish strengths and skills gaps in the West Midland museums’ workforce.  This is your opportunity to influence the training provided by West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) in the future.