SME Competitiveness: Early Calls and Programme Preparation – Post event page

The One East Midlands and East Midlands Councils ran the SME Competitiveness Event on Friday 27th March 2015 at Nottingham Mechanics. This event was scheduled to coincide with the ERDF call which was due to be announced on 27th March 2015, enabling delegates to receive an insight into the early ERDF calls. The half day programme focused completely upon the ERDF SME Competitiveness theme, including the specific Local Enterprise Partnership Priorities (LEPs).

A critical component of this event was the opportunity and space it provided for key stakeholders (including the VCS) to build collaborative projects, and consequently increase their ability to meet ERDF eligibility criteria and the priority activities of LEPs.

This highly successful event attracted 50 delegates from across the East Midlands, including representatives from the VCS, statutory and education sectors.

Speakers at the event included LMC deputy Chair Rachel Quinn, Chris Hill from One East Midlands, Lindsay Allen/Richard Kirkland from D2N2, Sajeeda Rose from NEP, Sonia Coleman from SCR and Sara Kendall from GLLEP. In addition, delegates heard from Peter Rugenyi of the Electric Corby ERDF Project on lesson learnt during the project and how to they built an effective collaboration with organisations of different sizes. Nicola Groom (DCLG) was also present on the day to answer any question.

Presentations and other resources from the event are available to download below.


ERDF Early Call Material available from:

Other Support Documentation available from:

Other resources

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