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

Exeter Works

Project to support employment in Exeter launches

23 October 2020

Exeter Works will offer a one stop shop for employment information. A new project aiming to keep Exeter’s employee economy moving and to minimise unemployment launches today. Exeter Works, a joint collaboration between Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Exeter City Council, will launch with a website signposting useful resources for individuals looking for work, developing

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Department for International Trade

Latest News Government launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses build back better

22 October 2020

A package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic has been announced by the Government. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need. The plan includes a £38 million

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British Business Bank

New report launched: Entrepreneurship & Diversity in the UK

21 October 2020

The British Business Bank, in collaboration with Oliver Wyman, is today publishing a landmark study: “Alone, together: Entrepreneurship and Diversity in the UK”. This report shows in detail the challenges facing the UK’s entrepreneurs. Looking at ethnicity, gender, place and money, a sobering picture emerges that calls for commitment and action. The research will feed

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British Business Bank

Businesses across the South West benefit from over £4bn Covid-19 financial support

19 October 2020

New data published on the 15 October reveals that the South West has received more than 107,000 facilities under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). New data published on the 15 October reveals that the South West has received more than 107,000 facilities under the Coronavirus Business

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Royal Acedemy of Engineering

SME Leaders Programme Launches Second 2020 Round

15 October 2020

Provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, the SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering and technology SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering. The aim of the programme is to support the development of leadership

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BT Small Business Support Scheme

13 October 2020

British Telecom’s Enterprise Division has launched a new support scheme to support UK SMEs with the disruption caused by Covid-19. The BT Small Business Support Scheme is designed to support SMEs across the UK that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme aims to enable firms to build their recovery and growth and

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Digital Leaders Week Online

12 October 2020

From the 12 to 16 October, Digital Leaders Week Online will be showcasing some of the newest ideas, initiatives and services from across the UK’s economy. Digital Leaders Week Online will focus on the accelerated period of digital transformation that occured in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and consider three key questions: What works?

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British Business Bank

British Business Bank – Business Angels Market Report 2020

09 October 2020

The British Business Bank published its second Business Angels Market Report 2020 on 8 October 2020. The British Business Bank’s UK Business Angels Market Report 2020 reveals that angel investors across the UK are continuing to invest in early stage businesses and are optimistic about the future despite current economic uncertainty. 57% of business angels

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Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 3

07 October 2020

Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants has opened today and is available to all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable. The Scheme provides funding for projects in England that improve productivity, produce jobs and improve the rural economy around farming and forestry sectors. Round 3 of the Scheme reopens from the 7

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HM revenue and customs

Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

02 October 2020

Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from today (1 October), without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The online payment plan service can already be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to

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