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Harlow businesses encouraged to investigate european funding streams

Business / Thu 10th Apr 2014 pm30 01:05pm

HARLOW BUSINESSES are encouraged to bid for €80 billion of European funding as Essex County Council marks European Supply Chain Day to boost the county’s logistics and supply chain sector.

The logistics and supply chain sector in Essex is of major importance to the County’s economy, employing tens of thousands of people and generating billions of pounds of income.

It is responsible for ensuring that goods are supplied to customers across the UK effectively and efficiently via land, air and sea.

Essex is the site of the largest combined deep sea container port and logistic park project in Europe (DP World/London Gateway) and Stansted, the UK’s second largest airport for freight.

European Supply Chain Day aims to raise awareness among the public of the value of logistics and supply chain activities in our everyday lives and raises awareness of career opportunities within it.

In an attempt to attract further investment into these sectors, Essex County Council is holding a free Demystifying European Funding for Business workshop on Friday 6 June 2014 – and businesses are invited to apply for places.

The workshop will cover what money is available, including the €80 billion Horizon 2020 funding programme, who it is for, and support available for bid development.

Speakers lined up include representatives from the Horizon 2020 Brussels office, local innovative businesses who have successfully secured European funding such as e2v, Visteon and Selex.

Also due to attend are exhibitors with extensive experience in European funding bid development, Essex County Council Funding Team, INVEST Essex, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Essex and Enterprise Europe Network.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “I am thrilled that we are celebrating European Supply Chain Day with a positive invitation for what is already a successful sector to grow further through tapping into EU grants. Our specialist Supply Chain and Innovation Network (SCIE) is encouraged by the attention the sector is receiving.

“European funding is a great opportunity for businesses to attract new investment but it can be tricky to understand and access.”

Any innovative company with an Essex trading address is eligible to attend the event, which takes place from 9am to 4pm, at the Essex Record Office, in Chelmsford.

Places are limited to 100 and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Register at – www.investessex.co.uk/events/demystifying-european-funding-for-business.

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