Cyber Fringe Festival

REMINDER: Cyber security related presentations, panels and workshops will be running until 10th December 2021.
After a successful premier in 2020, which featured 42 talks with delegates from 23 countries, the Cyber Fringe Festival is back for a second year. The 2021 festival will once again be delivered primarily online with some face-to-face workshops and focuses on various topics of importance around cyber security.
Find out more and book your place here…

New cyber building officially opened in Herefordshire

The new £9 million Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security based at Skylon Park on the Herefordshire Enterprise Zone was officially opened on Monday 6 December 2021

The centre is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Herefordshire Council and is part-funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Read the press release here.. View the images from the official opening

Step Up For Business- Growth Programme

The growth support programme is for businesses who are ready to grow. Its a 4-month mentoring programme with an experienced coach. Working together you will develop a strategic plan and create a pragmatic action plan for implementation.

The programme is delivered by local growth specialists Good 2 Great and tailored specifically to your needs. All of the growth advisors have successfully run and grown companies of their own so they understand issues and challenges including time management so flexibility and efficiency is at the top of the list.

You also get 3-months free membership of the Good2Great Growth Club which is a additional support to help ensure that you can aim higher and achieve more.

The programme is management by Telford & Wrekin in partnership with Shropshire Council with match funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which means it is free for your business.

You need to be trading more than 80% Business to Business (B2B) or working towards it.

Book your FREE place Register here

Or, if you need a quick chat first, please book a call with Johnny at a time to suit you, using this link

Extension of Recovery Loan Scheme

At the Autumn Budget 2021 the Chancellor announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme will be extended by six months to 30 June 2022.

Launched in April the scheme provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic.

You can apply to the scheme if Covid-19 has affected your business. You can use the finance for any legitimate business purpose – including managing cashflow, investment and growth. However, you must be able to afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

From 1 January 2022, the following changes will come into force:

  • The scheme will only be open to small and medium sized enterprises (turnover <£45m)
  • The maximum amount of finance available will be £2 million per business (maximum amount per Group limited to £6m)
  • The guarantee coverage that the government will provide to lenders will be reduced to 70%

Different lenders will have different lead times for processing applications, and it may not be the case that applications made before 31 December will be subject to the current terms. Applicants should check with their preferred lender

For more information visit the website: Recovery Loan Scheme – British Business Bank (