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UK Export Finance (UKEF), the Government’s Export Credit Agency, works very closely with the Department For International Trade with a main aim to boost exports for the UK.  Anne Lockett is one of 24 regionally based export finance managers who try to ensure that no viable export contract fails due to lack of finance or

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce currently have a member business, from the ceramic sector, who is an Apprenticeship Levy Payer. This business is interested in identifying SME’s across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, who would like to benefit from an Apprenticeship Levy Transfer. Currently, Levy Payers can support the cost of apprenticeships in other organisations by transferring a

First Trenitalia has won the contract to run rail services on the West Coast Main Line from December 2019. Virgin Trains, the current operator of the rail line, was barred from bidding to keep the route over a pensions contributions dispute. First Trenitalia said it would run 56 refurbished Pendolino trains and replace its diesel-powered

Stafford businesses and commuters will be pleased to learn that construction of the new Stafford Western Access Route, SWAR for short, is underway. While most of the construction work is not due to be completed until 2021, the new route will enable future development sites to be unlocked, improve traffic flow within the town centre

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are looking to produce 12 case studies (approx. 1 a month) for our European Regional Development Funded, Let’s Do Mentoring Programme. The Let’s Do Mentoring Programme provides a non-judgmental mentoring support service based on a business’s specific situation. Our mentors sign up to the programme because they have a wish to

The news that the government plans to review the delivery of HS2 Phase 2a with the decision on “whether and how we proceed” with delivery, comes at a potentially high cost to Staffordshire businesses. For far too long businesses across the UK have had to cope with heavily congested Victorian-era railways – with passengers and

Staffordshire’s summer employment figures remain encouraging, says economic growth leader Staffordshire’s mid-summer out-of-work claimant count statistics show that the county is retaining a position of having near full employment. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, said every effort is being made to ensure this continues with major development projects getting under way and

Opportunities for our Members

Take a look at the latest business and funding opportunities:  EIS Industrial Fuel Switching programme PHASE 3 of the BEIS Industrial Fuel Switching programme, which aims to stimulate investment in fuel switching processes and technologies, is open to expressions of interest until August 21. This phase offers £17.8m for implementation and demonstration, which can include

100% Match Funding Scheme

Transition Law, a law firm based in Cannock have announced a system of 100% match funding to assist businesses afford the costs of their GDPR compliance. GDPR compliance is a statutory requirement for all businesses regardless of size. However, in some small businesses, cash-flow difficulties leaves them prioritising other matters, which exposes them to high

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