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

Simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme announced

12 December 2017

From 2/01/2018, four new Countryside Stewardship offers will be open to applications to help farmers and landowners protect farmland and boost diversity. The new offers cover: Online Arable Offer Lowland Grazing Offer Upland Offer Mixed Farming Offer The application process has also been simplified and Natural England will publish a handbook in January 2018 to

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Research highlights ways to streamline local authority funding

11 December 2017

The way funding for local authorities in England is assessed could be simpler, fairer and more transparent, according to communities and local government committee-commissioned research… Read more: http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2017/12/research-highlights-ways-streamline-local-authority-funding

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VAT on electronic commerce: New rules adopted

11 December 2017

On 5 December 2017, the Council adopted new rules making it easier for online businesses to comply with VAT obligations. For start-ups and SMEs, the new rules introduce an important simplification. Below €10 000 in yearly cross-border online sales, a business will be able to continue applying VAT rules used in its home country. Learn more online,

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The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive £150,000 equity investment funding

11 December 2017

Every month, The Start-Up Series competition searches for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to qualify for seed investments from a total of £3.6m equity investment funding… The UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition – The Start-Up Series – is now open for entries for December. Winners will qualify for funding from a

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Grant Alert : Solutions for an Ageing Society Grant

11 December 2017

Solutions for an Ageing Society grant If you have the talent and determination to come up with a new, sustainable venture to meet the needs and aspirations of an ageing population you may be eligible to apply for a Solutions for an Ageing Society grant. There are currently two programmes running in the South West

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Business Matters: How your business can attract a skilled workforce

08 December 2017

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, principal and chief executive at Weston College Group, offers advice to employers on how to recruit a skilled workforce. We have all been in the situation in which we have struggled to recruit for a particular role. Now more than ever, particularly with the uncertainty of leaving the European Union, businesses

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Relocation support for Devon business as they expand into new premises

05 December 2017

Rhino Play Limited A family-owned commercial playground company, supplying playground equipment and safety surfacing, has relocated into larger premises after being referred to business funding opportunities by the HotSW Growth Hub. Rhino Play Limited has grown exponentially since it started trading in Newton Abbot 5 years ago. The Company supplies playground solutions across the UK

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Innovate UK | Grants for developing technologies towards zero-emission vehicles – Deadline 13th Dec

04 December 2017

Businesses can lead research and development projects into low emission technologies for cars, motorbikes, lorries and vans as part of a long-term funding plan for the UK to lead the way in new vehicle developments. Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) have up to £20 million to invest in new vehicle

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New Grants Added Today!

01 December 2017

We have updated our website with information about grants that are currently available to businesses within Devon, Plymouth Somerset & Torbay. Click the link to view them the Funding and Grant opportunities that we are aware of: https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/start-grow-business/funding-grants/

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Innovate UK | Infrastructure Systems: £10 Million in Loans Available

01 December 2017

Infrastructure Systems Innovate UK is to provide up to £10 million in loans to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) for innovative infrastructure systems projects. Loans between £100,000 and £1 Million are available. The aim of this competition is to offer a loan to help SMEs overcome barriers to scaling up innovation in infrastructure systems. It

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