Business Mentoring - From the Future

Could you provide the spark that inspires a lifetime of ambition?

Bishop Laney Sixth Form, in Ely, is focused on preparing students for a professional life. Every course offers professional relevance and each student will be supported by a business mentor from the local community.

Could that mentor be you?

We need inspiring professionals to build 1-2-1 relationships with young people and help them to gain confidence, skills, knowledge, resilience, academic engagement and motivation. You will spend 1 day a month at college with your mentee, who we'll match with you based on shared interests. We will also provide you with training and facilitate all meetings.

From the Future works with local schools to engage the business community and improve careers education. Mentoring is a key part of our programme. Our experience from running business mentoring programmes in other Cambridgeshire schools confirms that the support you will provide these students really does make a difference.

Let us know if you are interested

To find out more and complete a profile form, please email or call us on 01223 781296

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Cambridgeshire firms asked to identify broadband coverage gaps

The Connecting Cambridgeshire project, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is conducting an online survey for businesses about their broadband connectivity.

The aim is to identify remaining gaps in superfast broadband coverage, especially in rural areas. Feedback will be used to support bids for future funding to bring connectivity to more businesses. Businesses are being asked to complete the survey by 16 October. 

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Enterprise East Cambridgeshire meeting with Osaka Prefectural Assembly

Enterprise East Cambridgeshire was delighted to be involved in a meeting of members of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly earlier this week (headed by Toshitaka Yoshida) along with James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Tracey Harding, Tourism and Town Centres Manager at ECDC. Osaka is bidding to become the host for the 2025 world expo with a decision to be made in November 2018. On the back of the significant investment from Osaka based Dojima in the new sake brewery in Fordham, East Cambridgeshire, we were able to present a vey positive case study of Japanese investment in the UK and how we could work more closely together in the future. An incredible few years ahead for Japan with the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 followed by the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Best of luck for the treble!

Article by Darren Hill Business Development Manager and Director of East Cambridgeshire Business Centres Ltd August 2017

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Ely's Lancaster Way Business Park expands with 75 acres of extra land

Around 75 acres of commercial development land has been opened at Lancaster Way Business Park.

The extension was officially opened with a ribbon cutting by Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire.

A spokesman said: “Work on the site began in October 2016 by Mike George Ltd and new surface and foul water drainage systems were created.

“The existing road network has been extended, a 3.5 megawatt power supply has been delivered as has the existing water main network and gas supply to the Enterprise Zone.”

MP Lucy Frazer said: “The growth of business within the park during the last five years has been phenomenal and a further two buildings are scheduled to commence prior to the end of 2017, creating another 150,000 sq. ft. of commercial space with the ability to host up to 600 employees.”

Paul Sayles, executive director of finance and operations for the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP), said: “The completion unlocks much needed space for businesses to relocate and grow.

"With access to a great talent pool, long term solutions for business expansion and excellent work/life balance – the Cambridge Compass sites have an important part to play in linking and growing business opportunities in the local area"

Harvey Bibby, marketing and development director at Grovemere Property Limited, said: “We look forward to encouraging new businesses to relocate or expand within East Cambridgeshire’s Enterprise Zone.

Lancaster Way already benefits from a diverse mix of 80 existing businesses with 1,400 employees and these statistics are changing rapidly.

Ely is in a huge growth phase with the new leisure park recently completed, Ely North under construction, the connection to Cambridge North train station now complete and the Ely Southern Bypass on target to be completed during 2018.

Article by Ely Standard 28th July 2017.

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Exporter Bootcamp

Calling all exporters, both new and established!

Back by popular demand! 

Our fast paced, 2nd Export Bootcamp, shows you how to steer future export success. Hear from market leading experts and receive an introduction to a number of export essentials throughout the day.

We know that entrepreneurs never stand still and despite the uncertain environment you will want your business to realise its full potential. There has never been a better time to start exporting or to enter into new markets, to take advantage of the lower value of sterling and meet increased overseas demand for products or services.

What to expect from the day?

There will be experts in:

Market Research:
Introducing delegates to the skills and techniques needed to select and prioritise potential export markets and plan and conduct export market research projects.

Export Strategy:
Development and implementation of a strategic export Action Plan.

Diagnostics – getting ‘fit for purpose’

Digital Marketing:
Developing a marketing strategy to support your export strategy.

Presentations will be followed by roundtable sessions on each of the above giving you the opportunity to share knowledge with like-minded delegates and to discover the many export opportunities that await you.

In addition, you will have the chance to speak to some of our partners about how their services may be able to help your business.


Thursday 9th November 2017


09:00 - 17:00


Newmarket Racecourses,
Conference Centre,
Rowley Mile Racecourse, 
Workshop Complex,

For more info contact:


Click here to book your place now!


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European funded KEEP+ Programme is Open for Business

New programme open for SMEs to access funding and expertise

European funded KEEP+ Programme is Open for Business

New programme open for SMEs to access funding and expertise

A ?9.3million programme to unlock access to EU funding, University expertise and graduate talent is now available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the East and South East of England.

The KEEP+ programme is open to SMEs across four Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) Areas, enabling those businesses to develop and launch new products and services. Funding has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

KEEP+ is a partnership that unites eight delivery partners including Anglia Ruskin University as lead organisation, EELGA (East of England Local Government Association); University of Brighton; University of Suffolk; University of Essex; University of Greenwich; University of Hertfordshire and University of Kent.

The programme will be open to SMEs registered within England and ideally located in the programmes core geographical areas of: Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Rutland (Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough (LEP), Hertfordshire (Hertfordshire LEP), Suffolk and Norfolk (New Anglia LEP) and Essex, Kent and East Sussex (South East LEP).

Benefits available to local companies include being able to access expert advice, funding and support from graduates and researchers across the whole of the UK research base and to accelerate innovation projects and reduce the risks involved in new product development.

KEEP+ follows on from the successful Low Carbon KEEP programme (also funded by ERDF) which created 85 new jobs and helped over 200 SMEs in the East of England increase their competitiveness, productivity and profits.

KEEP+ is one of the EU structural and investment fund projects which Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has guaranteed will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UKs departure from the European Union.

SMEs that are interested in taking part in KEEP+ can contact Anglia Ruskin Universitys Knowledge Exchange Manager Simon Daly on 01245 683 173 or email

Further details can also be found online:

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Jumpstart your Innovation: Funding for Innovative SMEs

Are you an innovative SME seeking better understanding of R&D support and funding?

To cut through the noise and provide relevant guidance, the Enterprise Europe Network have teamed up with Jumpstart, recognised specialists in research and development tax credit claims, to bring an in-depth workshop on R&D tax credits, innovation loans and support.

This fast-paced FREE workshop brings together experts in the fields of commercial, grant and IP leveraged funding, to talk about valuable funding mechanisms that innovative SMEs can use to fuel their R&D activities.

During this hands-on session you will:

  • Find out about R&D tax credits and how they can support the growth of your business

  • Find out how IP valuations can help with seeking investment

  • Find out about innovation loans

  • Find out about the business support available through the Enterprise Europe Network to help you internationalise your business

  • Have the opportunity to ask the experts questions on a 1-2-1 basis

  • Network with like-minded business founders

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Jeff Morris, Patent Specialist, ip21 Ltd

  • David Clark, High Growth Relationship Manager, Barclays

  • Joe Watson, Signpost 2 Grow Navigator, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

  • Sandy Findlay, Partner Manager, Jumpstart



Jumpstart is a recognised market leader in R&D tax relief, having realised £96million benefit for clients over the last eight years. They provide a unique blend of technological and business expertise to guide companies through the complexities of submitting claims to HMRC. To find out more, please visit

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network is designed to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed in the European marketplace through technology transfer or by finding new customers, suppliers or commercial partners. In partnership with Exemplas Holdings Ltd, St John’s Innovation Centre can give you free access to the world’s largest business network, helping you make the right connections and supporting companies to develop their business internationally. For more information, please visit


Wed 21 June 2017

15:30 – 18:30 BST


St John's Innovation Centre

Cowley Road



Article by Eventbrite June 2017




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Littleport firm Sigma is celebrating an EU grant to buy new machinery

Littleport firm Sigma is holding an open day later this month to celebrate investment in new machinery thanks to an EU grant.

The firm in Main Street, Littleport received the grant from the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme to buy a twin headed embroidery machine and a set of magnetic frames which will allows them to embroider on a larger scale and on awkward shapes.

The LEADER programme has access to over £1.1M of funding to support farms and small businesses in the fenland area. To find our more contact Cambridgeshire Acre on 01353 865044 or 865047.

Kim Oakhill, who took over ownership of Sigma in 2013, said: “We were so excited to have been accepted to receive a Leader Grant. It has allowed us to buy equipment we otherwise could’nt afford.”

The celebration open day is at Sigma’s premises on June 22 from 1pm to 6pm.

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