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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South West Start Ups Reach Major Milestone

21 September 2021

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has announced that it has delivered £66m to new and early- stage businesses in the South West region since 2012. 40% of the lending – some £26.4m – has been provided to over 2,500 new businesses through local delivery partner SWIG Finance, a growing CDFI (Community Development Finance Institution)

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Heroes of Net Zero – chance to win a £4,500 business support package

20 September 2021

Heroes of Net Zero – chance to win a £4,500 business support package plus an invite to COP26 in Glasgow Are you a Hero of Net Zero? As part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign, we want to celebrate the small businesses taking the most innovative action to go green and cut

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Franchise Funding Opens New Doors

13 September 2021

Devon-based entrepreneurs Rachael and Damo Cross have received a £30,000 funding boost to purchase an existing Garolla Roller Shutter Doors franchise. Through the government-backed Start Up Loans scheme, local delivery partner SWIG Finance approved a £15k loan for each business owner. When they became aware of the franchise opportunity covering the Exeter area, they jumped at the

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Barclays Black Founder Accelerator is seeking participants

10 September 2021

Barclays Eagle Labs have partnered with Foundervine for the second Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, a programme especially designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship and showcase Black Founder-led businesses. Barclays are looking for 40 Black Founder-led businesses to be part of a 12-week immersive accelerator programme that helps them to grow and scale. This virtual programme

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Mendip launches revitalisation grant to boost local businesses

09 September 2021

Commercial businesses in Mendip are being invited to apply for funding to help them face the challenges and opportunities of the emerging economy, post COVID-19 and Brexit. Grants ranging between £5k and £20K are up for grabs for the most promising project ideas. The new discretionary Business Revitalisation Grant for Mendip, will be launched at

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Are you a UK-based cyber security company looking for investment?

08 September 2021

The UK at Slush 2021: 1-2 December 2021, Helsinki Are you a UK-based cyber security company looking for investment? Join the UK delegation to Slush! This is a unique opportunity to look for investment, expose your company to a global tech ecosystem, promote your brand, network with top-tier investors and other stakeholders, and look out for

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Devon lockdown businesses ready to go to the next level

02 September 2021

New Devon businesses which have sprung up during lockdown are being given expert help to take them to the next level. The Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Exeter (BIPC) is staging a free 13 week ‘Bedroom to Business’ webinar course aimed at start-up entrepreneurs which are ready to expand (from 8th September). Since November

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New programme to spark wave of growth in UK’s thriving cyber sector

24 August 2021

Innovative cyber startups, small businesses and scaleups will benefit from a new scheme to help them launch and grow their businesses while spreading wealth and opportunity across the UK. Cyber Runway will see entrepreneurs and businesses across the four nations get access to business masterclasses, mentoring, product development support, networking events and backing to trade

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Calling all small businesses to lead the charge to net zero

24 August 2021

This year, the UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses like you to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

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ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor

23 August 2021

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have launched their Q3 Business Confidence monitor results. These show that business confidence has hit a record high for the second quarter in a row, reflecting expectations of strong sales growth as the economy reopens. The findings come after the Office for National Statistics figures

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