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

HM revenue and customs

Customs Declaration Service to become UK’s single customs platform

03 August 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a system founded on world-leading technology, will serve as the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023. HMRC will be closing its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. From this date, all businesses will

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salty studio

Growth Hub Case Study: Salty’s Studio

02 August 2021

Sandra and Jim Salter took the plunge and opened up their first ever shop, Salty’s Studio, in June 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. With the help of the Growth Hub, they have been able to keep their business on track throughout a turbulent time, with clear goals in their sights. Salty’s Studio, found in Ashburton,

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able futures

Able-futures: free Mental Health Support Services in the workplace

26 July 2021

Able Futures provides mental health support to people in work, apprentices and employers. If you struggle with mental health difficulties it may mean you have more bad days than good days. Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. The Access to Work Mental Health

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Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership Grants

26 July 2021

The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) is offering grants to help fund business projects aimed at boosting tourism in the West Somerset and Sedgemoor area. Led by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT), the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme has been set up by the HTAP partners in response to the impact on tourism from Covid.

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Somerset Businesses: Do you have Hospitality vacancies that you cannot fill?

20 July 2021

A new service for the 2021 season has been developed to promote your current vacancies directly to young people in schools and colleges here in Somerset. Somerset County Council along with the four District Councils, Education Business Partnership and industry representatives have worked together to produce a link between a central web hospitality vacancy platform

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Farm Safety Week

Growth Hub backs call for farmers to rethink risk

19 July 2021

The Growth Hub is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (19-23 July) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation encouraging the farming community to rethink risk so we can finally start to reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending incidents happening on UK and Ireland’s farms. Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety

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Cath Wyatt of Wyatt First Aid

Growth Hub Case Study: Wyatt First Aid

13 July 2021

After many years working in healthcare Cath Wyatt took the plunge and opened her own first aid training business in 2019, six-months before the Covid pandemic hit. With the help of the Growth Hub, she has been able to move her business forward and has received support with expert advice throughout. Wyatt First Aid was

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HM revenue and customs

National Minimum Wage rate reminder for summer staff

09 July 2021

Students and seasonal staff working in the South West are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to check that they are being paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled to be paid the NMW. This includes temporary seasonal staff, who often work short-term contracts in bars, hotels, shops and

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Devon County Council

Devon launches Natural Capital Fund

08 July 2021

A new Natural Capital Challenge Fund has been launched by Devon County Council to help the Devon economy to build back better and encourage the green sector in the county. This is the latest initiative brought forward by the County Council as part of its overall economic recovery programme, supporting the response set out in

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Export Academy – new dates running until end of September

22 June 2021

The Export Academy is running new dates until the end of September. The Export Academy from the Department for International Trade is a series of events that will help you grow your business by showing you how to sell to new customers around the world. Taking part is free, and you’ll learn directly from experts in international

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