Skills Hub News & Case Studies

Early Years Career Progression Pathways

Thursday 18th November

The Early Years Career Progression Pathways (EYCPP), part-funded by the European Social Fund, is a programme designed to provide an effective response to the skills gaps and recruitment and retention challenges faced within the Early Years and Childcare sectors.


Additional business recovery grant funding from Birmingham City Council

Friday 12th November

You may be eligible for a one-off grant of £5,000 through the ARG Discretionary Restart Fund, or for the ARG Business Recovery Scheme, which provides SMEs with grant funding of between £5k and £50k towards projects which will drive business recovery and safeguard existing jobs.


£100,000 Business Springboard Boost grant scheme almost fully allocated

Tuesday 9th November

Last chance for businesses in East Staffordshire Borough Council to apply for funding from anywhere between £500 up to £10,000, with both established businesses and fledgling ‘start-ups’ encouraged to apply. 


Win a champagne afternoon tea for four at Jacques Restaurant

Tuesday 2nd November

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Business Report offers an up to date snapshot of the performance of the Greater Birmingham business community. Participate today - it only takes 5 minutes - and go into the prize draw.


The Business Banking Resolution Service - help for SMEs with unresolved banking complaints

Thursday 28th October

If your business has an unresolved banking complaint since December 2001, and you haven’t had access to independent review, the Business Banking Resolution Service may be able to help. You'll be supported by dispute resolution specialists, and it’s completely free.


Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 - what it means for businesses

Thursday 28th October

The government has published the Spending Review, delivering on key commitments to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support the jobs and industries of the future and invest in a high-wage, high-skill economy. Here's a comprehensive list of the changes that will impact businesses.



Thursday 21st October

Birmingham City Council is to give around £700,000 worth of unused apprenticeship levy funds to help some of the city’s most disadvantaged residents who have been badly affected by the pandemic.

The apprenticeship levy is payable by employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million at a rate of 0.5%. As a levy-paying employer, the city council can gift up to 25% of its annual levy fund to small and medium businesses and non-levy paying schools to pay for the training and assessment costs of an apprenticeship.


New Net Zero Strategy for decarbonising the UK economy

Wednesday 20th October

Ahead of the COP 26 summit next week, the Government has published a Net Zero Strategy setting out how the UK will reach net zero emissions by 2050.


Become an Enterprise Adviser

Tuesday 12th October

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5 Benefits of Entrepreneurship in the Economy

Tuesday 12th October

It is Global Entrepreneurship Week (16th-22nd November 2020), so we are celebrating entrepreneurship and how it is important to recognise its contribution to the economic development. Entrepreneurs are not only provided with opportunities that benefit themselves, but their work also develops the economic sector.


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