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

Arable farmers and young most likely to use business tools

16 April 2018

More farmers are preparing detailed budgets and turning to tools like benchmarking to help run their farms, according to a government survey. The most common tool listed by those surveyed was generating and making use of an informal business plan. [Read the full article here] See the farmers who have made the most out of

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Alternative funding to the traditional bank loan

09 April 2018

UK small businesses are struggling to get access to bank funding, according to reports in Financial Times on Friday (March 30). The small business group SME Alliance highlighted to the House of Commons the on-going challenges that small firms face when seeking bank loans where “Traditional banks remain reluctant to lend to small firms, the group said,

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Creative Industries Sector Deal launched

06 April 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: More than £150 million will be jointly invested by government and industry to help the country’s world-leading cultural and creative businesses thrive as part of landmark Sector Deal Britain’s creative industries are worth £92 billion, employ 2 million people and are growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy New Cultural Development

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Devon and Somerset small businesses urged to take advantage of free training before the July 2018 deadline

05 April 2018

Small and medium sized enterprises across Devon and Somerset are being urged to take advantage of fully funded skills training for their workforce before the deadline to utilise the funds in July 2018. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills &

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HSE | Getting help with manual handling risks in your business

04 April 2018

“Research has shown that general training in lifting techniques is an ineffective way of controlling the risks of manual handling in businesses. By getting help to change the way you work, you can reduce manual handling risks and avoid paying for ineffective or unnecessary training.” HSE] The HSE have released guidance for organisations who would

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Guidance: Using ‘Legitimate Interests’ under GDPR

03 April 2018

  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance on using the basis of ‘legitimate interests’ under GDPR to process personal data. Different sources will tell you different things in relation to using this basis as a rational. We’ve looked into the basis for using legitimate interests and conclude that the ICO guidance is a

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Devon business refurbishes premises thanks to Growth Hub 1:1 support

20 March 2018

The Garden Shop: An oasis of calm in a sea of chaos Since Sue Brown took over The Garden Shop in 2014, the bespoke, micro-garden centre has flourished into an expanding horticultural tourist destination, complete with a dog-friendly café, garden centre and gift shop. Soon, her premises will include an onsite workspace for artisans and

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International Business Festival Opportunity

19 March 2018

Opportunity for businesses to exhibit on HMG/Innovate UK stand at International Business Festival in Liverpool in June (close date 13 April) This year, rather than hold an independent “Innovate” event, Innovate UK will be major exhibitors at the International Business Festival in Liverpool in June, with 300sqm space which will form the Festival’s UK Innovation

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Visit Dartmoor to welcome more overseas visitors thanks to funding win

16 March 2018

Visit Dartmoor is to spearhead a campaign to drive more foreign visitors to Devon as part of the Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund. The official tourism organisation for Dartmoor National Park, Visit Dartmoor has secured funding to help local businesses attract international visitors under the Make Great Memories in England’s National Parks project. The

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We’re Hiring – Join the Growth Hub team

13 March 2018

Job vacancy – Online Business Adviser Come and join the Growth Hub team! As part of the Heart of the South West Growth Hub, you will be part of a tight-knit team delivering a range of support services for people looking to start a business and for existing businesses looking to develop and grow. Reporting

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