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

SW Manufacturing Barometer Winter 2018-19 (Q3)

11 March 2019

The results are in! You’ll see that over 1/5 of manufacturers in the South West are looking to relocate suppliers to the UK, over 2/3 are or plan to stockpile raw materials, and that the diversion of resources while they adopt a pragmatic approach to the uncertainty around Brexit means they’re holding back on investing

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Retailers: Still a few remaining spaces Book Now!

05 March 2019

Retailers Workshop – harnessing digital tech to improve your sales and become more efficient This fully funded workshop will help Retail businesses to: Understand the digital technology options available to support retail businesses Learn about the benefits of integrating digital business systems such as CRM, Accounting, stock control and EPOS Understand multi channel retailing options

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Small Charities Challenge Fund

27 February 2019

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years. The closing date for the next review of proposals is Thursday 28th March, 2019 at 17:00 (GMT). A leaflet is available to download here. In brief, the

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British Business Bank

British Business Bank – Small Business Finance Markets Reports.

21 February 2019

On 11th February, the British Business Bank published its flagship annual report –  the Small Business Finance Markets report 2018/2019 – a unique, comprehensive and impartial assessment of finance markets for UK smaller businesses. The report includes trends at a regional level, which we hope will be of particular interest to you. A direct link

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Public Procurement Review Service (Mystery Shopper Scheme)

21 February 2019

Have you ever had a concern about a public sector contract? Have you experienced late payment by the public sector? Maybe we can help. Public Procurement Review Service is the new name for the successful Mystery Shopper scheme that allows suppliers to raise concerns anonymously about public sector procurement. It has helped hundreds of suppliers

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South West Creative Technology Network – Immersion Bursaries.

21 February 2019

In parallel to their Immersion Fellowship programme for the South West Creative Technology Network, Kaleider are offering four Devon based individuals or companies Research & Development bursaries. These bursaries are for new immersive ideas or experiences that utilise Creative Technology. They are looking to fund ideas that are bold and distinctive, that open up the

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Forestry Commission

Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier Grant Application

20 February 2019

The Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier grant application window will be opening on Monday 18 February. You have until 31 March to request your pack. You must submit your completed application pack by 3 May 2019 when the Higher Tier window closes.  Key Deadlines: request your CS HT packs from 18 February 2019 request your pack by

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Forestry Commission

Woodland Toolkits – for woodland managers

15 February 2019

There is a new and free to use Woodland Wildlife Toolkit for woodland owners or managers embarking on their woodland management plan. You can use it to get a better idea of what priority wildlife species can be found in or around your woodland. Click on the location of the woodland you are interested in and

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Be the Business Benchmarking Tool

14 February 2019

Led by Sir Charlie and chief executive Tony Danker, Be the Business was launched in November 2017 with funding and support from the UK government and some of Britain’s leading companies. They work with the entire business community to share what works for today’s best businesses with every company that wants to learn and improve.

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Community Business Trade-Up Learning Programme and Grant

05 February 2019

Community businesses across England have until 14th February at 1pm to apply for a learning programme and a grant of up to £10,000. Open to early-stage community businesses that are planning to grow by increasing their trading and sales, the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Power to Change, is

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