Tech4i2 acted as advisers and co-authors with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership in its bid for over £240 million of economic growth money, deriving from the Government's £2 billion Local Growth Fund. A Strategic Economic Plan outlining local economic growth strategy and priorities was submitted to UK Government on 31st March 2014. The SEP will form the basis of negotiating a growth deal with Government for Local Growth Funding.
Tech4i2 was invited to attend a workshop with the European Commission and 30 European Experts to develop methods to support Member States in the development and evaluation of their Partnership Agreements, Operational Programmes and their Smart Specialisation Strategies. These documents are integral in determining the allocation of European Structural and Innovation Funds between 2014 and 2020.
Professor Foley was invited to be the keynote speaker at a workshop to be held at Dock workspace on 30th April about sources of finance for SMEs. The interactive workshop reviewed and discussed the various sources of finance available to SMEs in the UK. Paul’s presentation drawed upon work that Tech4i2 are undertaking with EY for the European Commission investigating EU28 Member State policies facilitating access to finance for SMEs.