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Support for Your Business

At the Learning Foundry, we want to ensure that all employers in the Liverpool City Region are supported as best they can be, not just the employers who work with us. Below, we have provided a detailed list of the funding and support available to businesses in the Liverpool City Region, from innovation funds and business growth programmes to a Covid-19 emergency fund. We hope the below is helpful for you and please don't hesitate to speak with us should you have any questions.

Employer Support Directory

The Learning Foundry - Recruitment Incentives

1. Employer Incentive 

Overview 
 

Announcing Government initiatives to support employers in hiring apprentices recently (July 8,2020), the Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons, “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety one per cent stay in work or go on to further training. For the next six months we are going to pay employers to create new apprenticeships.”

Primary Use

- £3,000 financial incentive if you hire a 16-18 year old apprentice
- £2,000 financial incentive if you hire a 19-24 year old apprentice
- £1,500 financial incentive if you hire an apprentice 25+ years old

Eligibility 

- The apprentice must be a new employee to the business
- The apprentice must not have been employed by the business within the six months prior to the start of their apprenticeship.
- The apprenticeship must be employed by the business and offered a contract of employment between the 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021.

To access the new apprenticeship employer incentives, the business will need to have an apprenticeship service account set up. The Workforce Development team can support any company in setting up their account.


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2. Free Recruitment/Levy Health Checks/Free Training Needs

Overview

Free Recruitment - The Learning Foundry make the whole apprenticeship recruitment process simple and hassle free.

Levy Health Checks - The Learning Foundry support you throughout the entire levy process, so you get the most out of your levy entitlement.

Free Training Needs - Perfect opportunities to develop staff in-house. The skills staff will gain will bring fresh ideas and motivation to your business. 

Primary Use

Free Recruitment 

To ensure The Learning Foundry find the perfect match, we:

- Work with you to draft, shape and advertise your vacancy against an approved apprenticeship standard.
- Carry out pre-interviews with all candidates to assess suitability and provide advice and guidance on the role.
- Provide interview training and support to all candidates before they apply for a vacancy, to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to perform in their role.

Levy Health Checks and Free Training Needs

The Learning Foundry will carry out a FREE levy health check and training needs analysis of your workforce and put a tailored training programme in place, which allows you to strategically maximise your levy contributions. Our training is tailor made around your business needs and can be delivered at times, dates and locations to suit you.

Local Growth Hub Liverpool City Region

Future Innovation Fund 

Overview

This £3 million Future Innovation Fund pilot programme has been established by the Metro Mayor to support Liverpool City Region's (LCR) small and medium sized enterprise (SME) community. 

Primary Use

Eligible projects must demonstrate alignment to the a number of priority areas for the LCR (Visit website below for further details)

Eligibility 

Any SME based, or with significant operations in the Liverpool City Region, who can demonstrate a viable project plan, capability to deliver, value for money and a clear need for grant funding. Applicants must satisfy a number of eligibility criteria which can be found by visiting the website below. 


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Growth Platform

Skills Brokerage Service
 

Overview/Primary Use

Skills Brokerage Service can provide up to 70% of funding towards course costs. Employers need to apply via the Growth platform website where they will be contacted by a skills broker and have to complete an ONA / TNA forms to document their growth plans.


Eligibility


Employers in the public sector are not able to apply for funding. Also can not be used for statutory / mandatory or licensed training 

 

 

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Flexible Growth Fund 

 

Overview

This £20m Flexible Growth Fund is designed to enable new economic growth in the Liverpool City Region by removing barriers to investment for ambitious businesses.

Primary Use

The fund provides fast access to finance, removing bottlenecks to unlock existing investment opportunities and leverage private sector investment in job-creating and job-sustaining projects. Loan repayments will be recycled back into the fund, providing new loan capital. This ‘evergreen’ model of fund recycling is a creative method of maximising fund values

Eligibility 

The fund is open to any business in the City Region which is undertaking an expansion project which creates or secures jobs.

 

 

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Liverpool City Council - Small Business Grant Fund

1. Small Business Grant Fund/Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Overview 

Liverpool City Council is administering the following two grants for businesses that are part of the wider government support response to the coronavirus outbreak. We can only administer payment of these grants for businesses within the Liverpool City Council boundaries.

Primary use/Eligibility 
 

You will be eligible to apply for a £10,000 grant if you have been receiving Small Business Rates Relief on 11th March 2020.

The rateable value must be £15,000 or below.

Payment of the small business grant fund must comply with EU law on State Aid.  It is paid as de minimis aid subject to the 200,000 Euro limit over 3 years (or under the Temporary Framework where the de minimis threshold is met).

 

 

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2. Business Growth Programme 

Overview 

The Business Growth Programme is an ERDF funded business support project delivered by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce designed to build confidence and capacity in local SMEs by providing advice, guidance and information to provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. 

Primary Use

Following a free diagnostic of your business, Liverpool City Council will put together an action plan to help you realise your growth ambitions and identify any issues that may be standing in your way.

They can then offer your business further fully-funded support in a range of areas, including:

- Strategic planning
- Marketing 
- Financial management
- Procurement
- IT
- Corporate Social Responsibility

Primary Use

If your business is based in Liverpool, already trading and employs less than 250 people, you could access the Business Growth Programme. It is not sector specific and we are open to supporting SMEs in the city region who have previously been reluctant to seek business support. 

 

 

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Government - Coronavirus Job retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Overview

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Primary Use

If you cannot maintain your workforce because your operations have been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant to cover a portion of their usual monthly wage costs where you record them as being on furlough.

From 1 July, 2020 employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still being able to claim the grant for the hours not worked. From this date, only employees that you have successfully claimed a previous grant for will be eligible for more grants under the scheme. This means they must have previously been furloughed for at least 3 consecutive weeks taking place any time between 1 March and 30 June 2020. For the minimum 3 consecutive week period to be completed by 30 June, the last day an employee could have started furlough for the first time was 10 June, 2020. This may differ if you have an employee returning from statutory parental leave.

From 1 August 2020, you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages.

Eligibility 

You can claim for any employees you have furloughed if you have:

- furloughed that employee for at least 3 consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June 2020
- a UK PAYE scheme started on or before 19 March 2020
- enrolled for PAYE online
- submitted a report under the Real Time Information (RTI) reporting system for that employee on or before 19 March 2020
- a UK bank account

 

 

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ACAS - Coronavirus Guidance

Coronavirus Guidance 

 

Overview/Primary Use

Advice for employers and employees regarding Covid 19
 

 

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Steve Morgan Foundation - COVID-19 Emergency Fund

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Overview

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies in our remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire, west of the M6).

Primary Use

The fund, of up to £1 million a week for max. 3 months, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

Please note that this fund is not open to individuals.

Eligibility Criteria 
 

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Liverpool City Region Film & TV Development Fund

Liverpool City Region Film & TV Development Fund

Overview

Liverpool City Region Film & TV Development Fund has been created in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis

Primary Use 

The Fund has two key aims:


- Provide targeted, fast-tracked support to producers, writers and other creative talent based in the Liverpool City Region (“LCR”) by investing in the development of ambitious and distinctive content across all feature film and TV genres including scripted and factual.


- Boost the post-COVID-19 recovery of the wider regional production sector by supporting projects that, once developed, can progress swiftly into production in the LCR via the attachment of broadcaster, commissioning platform and/or other 3rd party financier, sales agent and/or distributor.
 

Eligibility 

 

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National Lottery Fund

Funding during COVID-19

Overview

We're prioritising funding for communities affected by COVID-19

Primary Use

We want to fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. We can’t fund everyone. We will prioritise:  

- organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19.
- organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.
- organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.  
 

Eligibility 

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, worries or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our Workforce Development Team on 0300 123 8088 or email info@thelearningfoundry.co.uk.