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

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An Hour to Skill

11 January 2021

The ‘An Hour to Skill’ campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

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Devon Start Up Programme for Social Entrepreneurs

11 January 2021

A new, free support programme has been launched in Devon to help those who are unemployed or at risk of losing their jobs and considering starting their own social enterprise. Devon County Council and The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington are working together on the Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme which aims to provide

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Listening Ear launches for Devon business owners

06 January 2021

Are you feeling the pressure of trying to run a business during a pandemic? Listening Ear is a new pilot programme that’s here to help… Running a business is stressful at the best of times. Running a business during a pandemic is even harder. Listening Ear is a new service for Devon businesses that offers

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Self Assessment deadline: less than one month to go

05 January 2021

Around 5.4 million Self Assessment customers have less than a month to complete their tax return, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today, ahead of the deadline on 31 January. HMRC expects 12.1 million tax returns to be filed this year. Around 55% have already filed their returns, with more than 6.2 million choosing to

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DIT | Export Academy in the South West

21 December 2020

With 2020 being a challenging year for most businesses, the Department for International Trade wants to support you to get your exports back on track in 2021 with the launch of the Export Academy in the South West. What is the Export Academy?  The Export Academy has been launched by the Department for International Trade

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Lloyds Bank 2020 Transformation with Tech Report

21 December 2020

For the last six years, the Lloyds Bank team have shared a unique dataset to foster greater understanding of the digital capability of small businesses. The Digital Index reports “afford greater insight” into the rich benefits technology can bring business as well as the barriers. This year, working with Be the Business, Lloyds Bank analysed

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Growth Support Programme launches initiative to support business recovery

20 December 2020

The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme (GSP) is launching its new “Adapt + Revive” initiative which aims to equip businesses in the region with vital digital skills to help support economic recovery. Businesses across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay will be offered support and training focusing on digital marketing, e-commerce and website

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Free Digital and Technical Bootcamps for residents in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay

11 December 2020

The Heart of the South West LEP Digital Skills Partnership is launching free Digital and Technical Bootcamps to help adults develop in demand skills that lead to higher-paid roles within in-demand sectors. The bootcamps also benefit businesses by providing training developed by industry for areas that labour market intelligence has highlighted as being hampered by

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IPO | UK Transition Period: Important information regarding re-registered international designs

10 December 2020

From 1 January 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office will create a re-registered UK design for every international design (EU), that is protected at the end of the transition period.

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South West taxpayers urged: Don’t miss the Self Assessment deadline!

09 December 2020

With the busy festive season approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is calling on the South West’s one million Self Assessment customers not to miss the 31 January deadline. The 2019-20 tax return can be finalised at any time up to the deadline but HMRC is encouraging customers to complete it early to allow for

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