A round up of business news including; information on new support services, grant funding, success stories, advice and information and dates for your diary.

Industry Strategy Challenge Fund | Manufacturing Made Smarter.

13 August 2019

Grants to support innovation and deployment of Industrial Digital Technologies across industry sectors through cross-sector collaboration and learning. Application deadline is 28th August 2019. With funding from the Industry Strategy challenge Fund, the Manufacturing Made Smarter programme will invest up to £30 million in projects that use industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity

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South West Creative Technology Network | Automation Prototype Call.

13 August 2019

Invitation to Apply South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) are looking to award a range of grants of between £10k and £40k to invest in prototypes that use creative technologies to deliver original processes, experiences, products, services or platforms within the field of automation. They want to fund ideas that are brave and distinctive, that

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Gov | £2.5m Countryside Stewardship on environmental projects

12 August 2019

A fourth national round of the popular Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is today (5 August) opening for applications. Groups of farmers and landowners will be able to bid for a share of the £2.5 million fund until 4 October. It is expected to support approximately 40 new facilitation groups to deliver large-scale environment improvement in

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University of Kent | Free Cyber Security Healthcheck

12 August 2019

Charities are being offered free cyber security assessments amid concerns that half of all small organisations are falling victim to cyber crime every year. Researchers from De Montfort University in Leicester are offering the free hour-long cyber health check, which will review charities’ existing cyber security policies and provide advice on how they could be

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Gov | Manufacturing Made Smarter

07 August 2019

Description The Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will invest up to £30 million in projects that focus on the use of industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. The challenge will support innovation and deployment of IDTs across industry sectors via cross-sector collaboration and learning. We welcome a variety

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Fareshare | Surplus with Purpose Fund

07 August 2019

Focus of fund/fund aims: Grants for food businesses that are seeking to redistribute surplus food to charities and community groups helping vulnerable people Application deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time Fund description: FareShare, a UK food redistribution charity, has launched a new £3m fund, the FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund. It is aimed

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UnLtd Grow It Award 2019

05 August 2019

The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. You are running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people’s lives. You have compelling evidence of your impact. You might want to continue to grow to achieve your ambitions, or

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FSB Launch Search for Small Business Stars. Launched 1st August 2019.

05 August 2019

The search is on once again to find and salute the most outstanding small businesses from Somerset and the wider South West. Britain’s biggest business representation group the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has launched the ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020’ which will culminate in both regional and national finals next spring. Small businesses

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Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme

31 July 2019

SSE Dartington have launched a new programme – funded by Enhance Social Enterprise (ERDF) – for social enterprises that are incorporated or plan to be by the start of the programme. This free Development programme will take place in Taunton between September 2019 and January 2020. A grant of £1,200 is available to every applicant from Somerset (conditions apply).

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The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme – South Hams

30 July 2019

Livestock farm businesses in the following areas are invited to apply to join this unique programme. Livestock and Mixed farms in the South Hams District of Devon Participants will receive one-to-one on farm support and; Group workshops on the following subjects; finance and business planning succession planning change management alternative bedding and forage strategies the

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