New Productivity Programme to offer businesses support in driving levels of productivity and investment

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Businesses from Greater Lincolnshire gathered in Lincoln earlier this week to celebrate the official launch of the Productivity Programme hosted by former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson CBE.

Following the successful Innovation Programme delivered by the University of Lincoln, a new Productivity Programme has been launched to offer businesses support in driving levels of productivity and investment.

Andrew Stevenson, Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Lincoln, opened the event at St Mark’s in Lincoln with a presentation on the importance of productivity for businesses in the county.

“We want to help businesses understand that productivity isn’t necessarily about making life-changing decisions or completely adjusting the business strategy; even the smallest incremental changes can deliver as much value to your business and benefit the wider economy,” said Andrew.

“Lincolnshire is such a fantastic place to work yet our economy has limited investment in productivity. This initiative is key in driving growth and helping businesses to achieve their goals.”

At the launch event guests heard from former Olympic champion Colin Jackson CBE, who has since become a motivational speaker.

He said: “The Productivity Programme is an outstanding initiative for this region – the programme’s tagline of “Making the impossible, possible” resonates in every situation. My advice to businesses would be to make the most of the fantastic resources available.”

Karen Lockley, who is responsible for the Productivity Programme’s business development, said: “While the Productivity Programme offers some of the same types of support such as the Innovation Programme, one of the key criteria is that it is open to businesses that previously took advantage of the previous programme as well as new businesses.”

Under the new scheme, businesses can benefit from match-funded grants of up to £10,000 and funding for an internship programme as well as business support and advice.