25 October 2016
European funding for small and medium-sized enterprise.
More than 20,000 businesses will benefit from a £60 million investment, with EU money being used to grow Scotland’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The European Regional Development Fund support will bolster the business growth pipeline, allowing companies to access the help they need to expand. With SMEs accounting for 95% of businesses in Scotland, this funding will target growth through innovation and investment.
Full press release available here.
Winning Ways with Waste
24 October 2016
Circular Ocean, a project led by the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), has been announced winner of the Public Choice Award at the European Commission’s RegioStars 2016 Awards.
The awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects which could be inspiring to other regions. Winning this award has put the spotlight on Circular Ocean as being one of the most innovative EU funded projects.
Engagement with the European Union (EU) has always been at the heart of the development of the University of the Highlands and Islands, whether in terms of financial investment or collaborative work with partners in other member states.
The winning project aims to inspire remote communities to realise the economic opportunities of discarded fish nets and ropes by turning this marine waste into a useful resource. Circular Ocean is not only tackling the problem of marine waste but is supporting Scotland’s move to a more circular economy.
North Highland College UHI have been involved in many excellent EU initiatives over the years and are delighted to receive recognition for their outstanding work in the Circular Ocean project.
27 June 2016
Following the EU Referendum, the Scottish Government continues to deliver the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund programmes.
To date the Scottish Government has committed £236 million of grants to Lead Partners under the current programmes. Benefits of these investments include:
Support for over 2000 businesses to grow;
7500 new jobs;
The development of industry-specific skills for over 3500 people;
400km of new cycle paths;
Support for 200 low-carbon projects;
Support for over 50,000 people with multiple employment barriers into work or training;
Help for 17,000 unemployed young people to secure work or education;
Support to grow 150 social enterprises.
Lead Partners seeking funding for Operations should submit completed applications to the Managing Authority by 31 July 2016. The Scottish Government will assess these applications and advise on outcomes by the end of September 2016.
Regular updates about the ERDF and ESF programmes will continue to be provided here and on the Scottish Government's EU Referendum page.
14 March 2016
The European Commission is seeking applications for the RegioStars Awards 2016. The awards honour Europe's most inspiring and innovative regional development projects in five separate categories: Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, CityStar and Effective Management. For further information including how to apply, visit the EC website. The deadline for applications is 15th April 2016.
Manufacturing plan to boost industry
15 February 2016
£70 million for manufacturing and the circular economy.
Bespoke support and a new Centre of Excellence to help Scotland’s manufacturers innovate and expand have been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The funding, including £30 million from the European Regional Development Fund, will enable companies to capture new opportunities presented by a move to a more circular economy. Read the full press release here.
Find out more about the Circular Economy Accelerator Programme here.
£60 million to boost youth employment
14 February 2016
Young people in South West Scotland to benefit from new jobs drive.
A £60 million programme to support young people in South West Scotland into secure and sustainable employment has been launched today.
The funding is from the European Commission’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) which aims to tackle high levels of youth unemployment across the European Union. Full press release available here.
Read more about the Youth Employment Initiative here.
Working with Scotland's Smart Cities
13 November 2015
Investment of £4 million secures £40 million in return.
Scottish Government investment in cities is delivering tenfold, with £4 million bringing £40 million in return, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has revealed.
Read more about the Smart Cities initiative here.