D2N2 – Leadership and management training for SMEs (OC08S19P1678)

Rural Payments Agency

November 11
16:06 2019


Ensuring the workforce has the right leadership skills to support current and future growth of SMEs across D2N2 is a key priority, particularly where it considerably improves the productivity of local businesses and generates more inclusive employment practices. The activity will support key staff and leaders to effectively plan the skills, recruitment and retention needs of their business, improve the productivity of their workforce and ensure their future workforce needs can be met in times of low unemployment, including through adopting more inclusive recruitment practices.

The call will concentrate on leadership and management training, business productivity, skills needs and succession planning. Every business is different, and training needs to be flexible to respond to these differing circumstances. We wish to ensure that support through this call is also tailored and relevant to support women-owned and BAME owned businesses through this call and female and BAME employees.

We are keen to look at innovative and sustainable models of delivery. Activity should link with the D2N2 Growth Hub and should where possible support scale-up businesses.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the D2N2 LEP area.


Approximately 1,778,187 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 02 February 2020.

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ECLAIMS External Access Form by emailing

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 11 November 2019

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