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

Royal Academy of Engineering | SME Leaders Programme

18 April 2019

SME Leaders Programme Application Now Open!  Deadline Monday 3 June 2019 The Royal Academy of Engineering are looking for their next cohort of promising leaders of high growth engineering and technology companies. This six-month programme is designed to support businesses to develop the leadership skills needed to scale their business. They offer  Grant of up

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SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer

16 April 2019

The latest SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer is seeking expert input from MDs and other senior leaders of SME manufacturers based in the UK. Their views and opinions help provide a vital snapshot of the UK’s SME manufacturing sector’s current performance. This quarter, amidst a challenging landscape, we’re also exploring the longer-term health of the sector. In

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We are Hiring – Join our Growth Hub team as a Business Support Adviser

10 April 2019

Business Support Adviser – Fixed term to end of February 2020. Working as part of a small Growth Hub team within Serco, we are looking for a candidate with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to provide an outstanding customer service experience to our wide range of Growth Hub clients and partners. A key part of

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Additional funding for rural businesses. Deadline approaching.

10 April 2019

The Heart of Wessex LAG has secured additional funding for rural businesses – but be quick, time is short! Rural businesses and organisations across south and east Somerset and south Wiltshire are being encouraged to apply for EU grants designed to support the local economy before it’s too late.  The Heart of Wessex Local Action

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New Legislation – Payslips: employee rights

10 April 2019

Legislation Update New legislation comes into force from April 2019 and requires all employers to: provide payslips to all workers show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked This guidance is to help employers with the new rules on showing the hours on payslips. The Department for Business, Energy

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Government launches £3 million scheme to regenerate village halls

08 April 2019

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched (5 April 2019) by the government. With more than 10,000 village halls across the country, these spaces provide vital hubs for communities to connect, collaborate and celebrate. Village hall committees are now able to apply for

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Steady growth for hybrid survey business following StartUp support

08 April 2019

Accutest International Limited  Steady growth for hybrid survey business following Growth Hub StartUp support Somerset-based, Accutest International Limited (Accutest) is set for steady growth over the next six months following 1-to-1 support from one of the Heart of the South West Growth Hub’s network of specialist Business Advisers, Nevelle Marchent. Founded by owner, Tom Werner,

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National Minimum Wage Increased on 1st April

05 April 2019

The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage both increased on the 1st of April. Employers need to make sure they update their payroll so employees are paid correctly. Check the rates. If you discover you’ve been paying your staff below the correct minimum wage, you must pay any arrears immediately. Even if you’re

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The Eco-Friendly Shop

03 April 2019

A SOMERSET ECO-FRIENDLY RETAILER WINS FAIRTRADE GOLD AWARD FOLLOWING MARKETING SUPPORT Over the course of 13 years, Amy Lawson has turned her passion on all things organic, recycled, up-cycled, fair-trade, and environmentally-friendly into a growing, eCommerce eco-friendly product supply business. With ambition to increase online sales, Amy was eager to find a way to compete

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