New limited-time grant funding for local SMEs

NBV ERDF Grant Funding

NBV is offering matched grant funding for between £500 and £5,000 to local small to medium sized businesses. The money comes from an allocation of ERDF funding through NBV’s Grow Your Own Enterprise programme.

It’s suitable for short-term investment on capital items such as new equipment or machinery (up to five items). Grants will cover up to 40% of the total project cost.

The funding needs to be applied for, approved and drawn down by 31 August 2015, so it’s a tight deadline.

To be eligible, companies must be already trading on a B2B basis (not retail or B2C), employ less than 250 staff and be based in Leicester City, Oadby and Wigston or a selected number of other East Midlands areas.

For more information download the fact-sheet via LLEP, phone NBV on 0844 887 2568 or email

Launch Your Business Idea at Startdom Weekend, 10-12 July

This 48 hour accelerated course for early stage startups will focus on learning how to build a prototype, how to find customers, how to present the idea to investors. It will be based on the lean startup method… with a twist!

6 ways to stay motivated when working from home

In the start-up stages of a business, it can be financially difficult to commit to paying a monthly fee for renting an office space and the next best thing may be to work from your dining table at home. Great, I hear you say – not always!

PHPem: M&MS – Sweet Monoliths & Micro-Services, 2nd July

Shaun Hare, Team Leader Systems data and applications at Nottingham University, will share the research he has been undertaking concentrating on the transition between a largish PHP Application and adoption of a micro service architecture.

New Startdom Weekend, 10-12th July

photoStartdoms have devised a new and improved Startdom Weekend that will include the latest business know-how. The 48 hour accelerated course for early stage startups will focus on learning how to build a prototype, how to find customers, how to present the idea to investors.


Participate in new Xtreme pre-acceleration program for startups

startdoms-logoStartdoms are offering a 6-week pre-acceleration program that helps you validate your idea and find your first customers. The program will also help you prepare for entrance in a full acceleration program or for raising investment.

Full details are at

Open Coffee: How to Thrive as a Creative Business, Weds 1st July

Jim Shields, Creative Director of Twist & Shout Communications will be talking about his new book ‘Three Guys Walk Into A Bar‘ and how creative businesses can move up the food chain with better clients and better client relationships.

Jim is Leicester’s answer to Seth Godin so if you’re a fan of business self-help books and want to work out how to go from being “a guy” to being “the guy” (non-gender specific!) then this is the event for you!



Cake Loughborough: Creative & Entrepreneurial Meet Up, 18th June

Cake is a free bimonthly meet up for creatives, designers, developers & entrepreneurs in Loughborough. Speaker are Mark Shayler from environmental consultancy Ape and Chris Tyrrell from digital marketing agency Studio-40.

Founder’s Dating Night at Apex, 11 June


Founder’s Dating Night has moved to Apex Works. Come and enjoy meeting new people and discussing business ideas with experienced mentors. If you are a founder of a startup or you are trying to build your team or you want to participate in another startup, do not miss this chance.

Venture Funding Hub Leicester, June 25th


The Venture Funding Hub in Leicester will help you find funding, learn about crowdfunding, get feedback on your idea and funding route through pitching and grow your local network.  Join us at Apex for the first meeting and presentation and find out more about the support on offer.