EU Doubling our money across the UK: These are just some examples where we should be thanking our EU membership – We wouldn’t have these without the European Regional Growth Fund.
Access to New Markets for the Fashion Sector. To enable designers to access opportunities to new markets and increasing national and international trade, ERDF of £150,000 was matched with £150,000 from East London Small Business Centre. This assisted 106
3/ SMEs, created 13 jobs, safeguarded 55 jobs, and generated £2.5m new sales.

EAST of ENGLAND...Low Carbon Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund which makes early stage equity investments into SMEs that are developing new products
4/ or processes in a low carbon way. Turquoise International is managing the fund in partnership with the Low Carbon Innovation Centre at the University of East Anglia. It has received £20.5m of ERDF funding.
5/ This project has targets of 617 new jobs, 115 safeguarded jobs, 70 SMES receiving assistance, 6 successful start-up businesses and over £30m of private sector leverage.
The Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) at the University of Nottingham helps SMEs become more resource efficient, develop environmentally friendly working practices, and use more sustainable technologies. Originally £1.6m of ERDF grant was
7/ was provided matched with £2.5m from the University of Nottingham. The first phase of work at the centre delivered 109 projects, including detecting the health of horses’ teeth, prolonging the burn rate of solid fuel, and extending the life of concrete structures.
Toffee Factory is the conversion of an iconic factory building in Newcastle into office space. £3m ERDF was matched with £2.75m provided by ONE NorthEast and £250k from Newcastle City Council.
9/ The project’s objectives include the creation of 12 new businesses and 47 new jobs, as well as safeguarding 111 jobs. It will also ensure the remediation of a major Brownfield site in a key strategic location.
Regional Business Start Up provides intensive and specialist services and support for people considering setting up in business aiming to improve the survival rates of businesses through targeted support for up to 36 months, and to contribute
11/ towards increased levels of enterprise activity. It is a £9.8m project (including ERDF funding of £4.9m). To date 4,661 businesses have been created, 2,640 individuals helped to start a business, and 7,000 jobs created.
Design and Innovation for Business Sustainability helped SMEs access supply chains by providing advice on optimising packaging impact, lifecycle analysis of the product or service, and optimisation of resources.
13/ The key focus of the project was to design out waste within the retail sector by working with South East based designers, retailers, and suppliers to develop sustainable packaging solutions. ERDF funding of £420,000 was
14/ matched by £275,000 of SEEDA funding, with the rest being matched by retail companies. The project created over 100 jobs in the South East.
National Composite Centre was developed to put the UK at the forefront of composites technology. The NCC is a purpose-built research and development facility which brings together dynamic companies and academics to develop
16/ technologies supporting the design and rapid manufacture of composite products. ERDF funding of £9m was matched with £12m BIS, £4m RDA. The ERDF investment is expected to generate over 150 additional jobs, and the South West is now seen as a leader in this field...
17/ and the NCC is being expanded even further.

Yes I know a lot of pieces I this thread....
18/ WEST MIDLANDS Enterprise Programme is a business support service for young people delivered by The Prince’s Trust. The initiative will support over 2,000 young entrepreneurs and aims to create hundreds of jobs through the youth charity’s Enterprise Programme.
19/ The programme works with disadvantaged young people aged 18–30, helping them set up their own businesses and move into employment and jobs. ERDF of £1.5m is matched with £1.5m from The Prince’s Trust.
Finance Yorkshire is a venture capital and loan fund partnership with European Investment Bank. The fund invests in businesses that are already in, or relocating to, Yorkshire and the Humber.

Yes there's more....
21/ There is a £27m business loan fund which to date has made 206 business loans, 26 seed corn loans and 14 equity investments, committing over £27m to local businesses. Investment has led to over 1,200 jobs being created and nearly 4,000 being safeguarded.

The list goes on n on
22/22 I simply don't understand why people want to give this and all my other threads up because of a pack of lies told by incompetent politicians and rubbish they've read in the papers... #FactsMatter folks and we should ARM ourselves with them!

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Oct 9, 2018
Breaking news: EU to offer UK the best trade deal so far post Brexit. Who was expecting that? Well I was for one.... the problem has always been with the timing. It'll take years to agree on the terms of any new trade agreement because the UK wants to diverge it's regulations
2/ away from those of the Single Market. And there is only a SINGLE market not cherry picked pieces. This is going to be the stumbling block for signing. FTAs usually require convergence of rules not divergence. DUP and UUP have been in Brussels today with their red lines.
3/ which means that an orderly Withdrawal cannot be agreed and UK leaves on 29/3/19. No WA=No Transition and a cliff edge Brexit that no-one in their right mind voted for. i.e. catastrophe for UK. When TM the PM comes back from Brussels next week she will be forced to present
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Oct 7, 2018
"Why should the UK have to pay more than other EU countries to support the new members states in the Balkans etc? UK is largest net contributor to EU!" Another shouty piece from the Brexit camp. Another LIE and they call us Remainians 'scaremongers'. LOL
2/ How much *do* the UK pay compared to other EU members? Lets take a look:

The United Kingdom pay far less than most members of the EU. Now who woulda thunk that?
3/ The fact is that in cash terms of contributions per capita of population the UK is ranked 26th of ALL EU member states at around EUR105.12 per person. Only Croatia pays less per person in contributions.
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Oct 6, 2018
The problem we have in UK is that if UK leaves with no Withdrawal Agreement then the EU are bound not only by the Treaty of the EU and the Treaty for the Functioning of the EU but dozens of other international treaties with other countries too.
2/ If the EU break the rules to help out the UK then they'll find themselves in court in the Hague, in dispute at the WTO and potentially sued by other Governments via the World Bank...
3/ The EU economy last year was €15.3 trillion. If they are forced by the UK to lose a few billion as a result of Brexit then that's what they will do.

Not out of choice or to punish the UK for leaving but as a result of international law.
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The LANGUAGE of Brexit on borders; EU said none "on the island", UK said none "on the border". Irish officials talk about multi dimensional border issues; constitutional, cultural, psychological, societal,historical - UK talk about tariffs, duties and customs and political games.
We had been in country for less than 20 minutes before a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment explained that if we wanted an AK47 then we were that moment driving through the best place to get one... easily accessed.
Herein lays the issue. If you have customs officers checking paperwork of the 45 million truck crossings a year between North and South then they'll need police protection. The police will need army protection ...
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Sep 30, 2018
Back in 2016 I asked the question about ISDS when discussing TTIP and whether foreign companies who had invested over a trillion pounds of FDI in the UK might have the right to sue UK Gov for Brexit compensation.
2/ Its taken a while but from a legal standpoint they might have a legal basis for their claims. FDI to the UK is roughly £400 billion from EU27 firms, £300 billion from USA and another £300bn or so from Japan and rest of world...
3/ @everycountry picked this up in Geneva. The article below in legalese from July this year highlights why this may now be true. Even if UK Government wins their defence the cost of all this court time is going to have an impact.
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Sep 28, 2018
It's definitely time for bed. It's 9 minutes away from 24 hours since i got home from the Bath for Europe event last night and here I am in southern Spain getting ready for bed.. /1
on the rooftop of the penthouse apartment given to #3blokesinapub for our stay here.... (not quite given but cheaper than an air BnB thanks to the amazing support from the fine folk in this part of the world that also think Brexit is a catastrophic idea). /2
@everycountry and I have had some REALLY interesting meetings today in Gibraltar with some exceedingly high level contacts and finished the evening with the fine folk from Brexpats in Spain... 2 more episodes of #3blokes in the can and coming soon! /3
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