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

Heart of the South West Skills Survey

14 January 2020

Working with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Serco have commissioned Wavehill, a social and economic research company, to gather information on the skills gaps and training needs facing Small and Medium sized (SME) businesses now and over the next few years. Wavehill have developed a survey, for employers with more than

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Helping Farmers to Work More Efficiently: Apply for Funding.

13 January 2020

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to look at more efficient and environmentally friendly ways to produce the UK’s food. We need to produce our food in a more sustainable and efficient way if we are to meet the expected 60% increase in global demand for food by 2050. Better

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Organisations that help Communities buy their Local Pubs are set to receive £1.15m in Government Funding.

13 January 2020

The More Than a Pub initiative will receive £650,000 to provide grants and advice to groups beginning the process if buying a site under community ownership. Not-for-profit Pub is the Hub will be granted £500,000 to help rural pubs set up services such as post offices, shops and libraries. Secretary of State for Communities Robert Jenrick

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Active Devon | Let’s Walk Workplace Challenge

10 January 2020

Active Devon would like to invite you to join Let’s Walk, Devon’s biggest Workplace Walking Challenge, launching this February 2020. Join hundreds of businesses across Devon taking part in the month-long challenge. Get a team of colleagues together, record your steps, compete against other businesses across Devon, climb the leader board and be in with

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23 December 2019

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership is looking at the availability of training in welding, fabrication and non-destructive testing in the South West.  We are interested in hearing from employers who need these skills and want to hear about solutions that will provide: Training for new entrants into the industry Upskilling

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South West Manufacturing Performance at 10 year low

13 December 2019

SOUTH WEST MANUFACTURING PERFORMANCE AT TEN-YEAR LOW – AND WHY ROBOTS ARE NOT (YET) THE ANSWER  The latest South West Manufacturing Barometer report reveals that just 18 per cent of SME manufacturing businesses have adopted robots, with another 13 per cent saying they plan to start using them. But almost 70 per cent have no

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ISCF | Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging: Demonstrator Projects, Round 1

11 December 2019

The aim of this competition is to present a portfolio of demonstrator projects. Your project must showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of -the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging. Your project must deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives: Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I)

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Lloyds Bank Foundation

10 December 2019

Focus of Fund: A new programme to provide revenue grants and support for the organisational development of small and medium-sized charities working with people dealing with complex social issues. Applications may be submitted at any time. Fund Description: Lloyds Bank Foundation is inviting applications for funding from its new programme for small and medium-sized charities

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Maritime UK SW Business Forum

03 December 2019

A one-stop-shop for skills, trade, innovation, finance and supply chain opportunities in the ocean economy. This free all-day event is managed by the South Coast Marine Cluster with event partners the Marine Business Technology Centre and the Met Office.

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Tech South West | Winners of Tech South West Awards Revealed

02 December 2019

Artificial soil, ultrasound that creates the sensation of touch in mid-air, and a safety at sea app were amongst the array of ground breaking tech honoured at his year’s Tech South West Awards. Business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and organisations came together from across the region for the inaugural event, held at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel,

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