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.
Enterprise & Skills
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:
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.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. We also have offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.
Citizens Advice services in Staffordshire are having to change the way they provide county-wide services from 2 March 2017.
Citizens Advice services in the county include Staffordshire South West, Staffordshire North & Stoke, East Staffordshire, South Staffordshire, South East Staffordshire Cheadle, Leek, and Tamworth
The county-wide services affected include:
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.
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.
Burton Soup Kitchen puts on festive feast for those struggling in the area
Christmas and the New Year is a time that can be taken for granted by those who are able to spend it with loved ones feasting on turkey with the trimmings and exchanging gifts.
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.
Trustee Roles and Responsibilities
16 November 2016 | 09.30 – 12.30 | Support Staffordshire LICHFIELD