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

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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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Department for International Trade Export Forum Breakfast – Ilminster 1st March

01 February 2019

The South West welcomes the Export Forum Breakfasts in February and March as the perfect environment to prepare your local businesses for the EU Exit and ensure that they are in the best position to take advantage of future international sales opportunities. Over the course of two weeks the breakfasts will be held in six

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Changes to UK Trade Mark Law -14/01/2019

01 February 2019

With focus currently on Brexit, it is easy to miss that as of 14 January 2019 changes will come into effect that impact owners of UK trade marks or those that wish to obtain a UK trade mark. The changes are based on the EU Trade Marks Directive 2018 that will require the Trade Marks Act 1994

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Business Basics Fund Second Competition

30 January 2019

A further £2 million is available in this second call to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt productivity-boosting technologies and management practices. As before there is funding available for both business and non business led trials of up to £400k and up to £60k on proof of concepts. The first competition supported a

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Langaria Financial Brokers access 1 to 1 business advice

25 January 2019

Ana Veloso and her Partner Peter Burke formed Langaria Financial Brokers in July 2018 to provide Intermediary services for business loans working as an Accredited Representative of the White Rose Group, Accredited Financial Brokers. Langaria work with business clients in a friendly, open and honest way to understand their requirements for business loans before completing

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Heart of the SW’s Leadership and Management Survey

23 January 2019

The Leadership and Management Survey has just gone live. They want to know about your views so they can better support the development of leadership and management skills in businesses with 5 – 50 employees. This survey is looking to collect the initial evidence base for leadership and management skills in small and micro businesses to

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Torbay launches #ApprenticeTakeover campaign

21 January 2019

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4-8 March, Torbay’s new Apprenticeship Working Group introduces the #ApprenticeTakeover. Across Torbay, businesses are joining in National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating apprenticeships and letting their apprentice take over the business for the day. #ApprenticeTakeover is designed to encourage businesses to engage with National Apprenticeship Week and

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Plymouth to receive a share of £20 million to unleash creativity across the nation

18 January 2019

Grimsby, Thames Estuary, Plymouth, Wakefield and Worcester will receive millions of pounds of funding to invest in culture Investment will support economic growth and create more than 1,300 new jobs across the country This funding forms part of the Creative Industries Sector Deal to help the country’s world-leading cultural and creative businesses thrive Five locations

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SWMAS | Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey

17 January 2019

SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey SWMAS want to hear the views and opinions of senior leaders to map the confidence; trends and opinions of the Sector. Special focus – Supplier Strategy This quarter, alongside the performance of the sector, we’re looking to express to the government and others, the support UK SME manufacturers need to secure

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