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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FSB Launch Search for Small Business Stars. Launched 1st August 2019.

05 August 2019

The search is on once again to find and salute the most outstanding small businesses from Somerset and the wider South West. Britain’s biggest business representation group the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has launched the ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020’ which will culminate in both regional and national finals next spring. Small businesses

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Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme

31 July 2019

SSE Dartington have launched a new programme – funded by Enhance Social Enterprise (ERDF) – for social enterprises that are incorporated or plan to be by the start of the programme. This free Development programme will take place in Taunton between September 2019 and January 2020. A grant of £1,200 is available to every applicant from Somerset (conditions apply).

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The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme – South Hams

30 July 2019

Livestock farm businesses in the following areas are invited to apply to join this unique programme. Livestock and Mixed farms in the South Hams District of Devon Participants will receive one-to-one on farm support and; Group workshops on the following subjects; finance and business planning succession planning change management alternative bedding and forage strategies the

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Have Your Say on the Future of UK Fashion.

29 July 2019

London College of Fashion, UAL in Partnership with the UK Industrial Strategy have launched a nationwide survey consultation which will help shape the future sustainable development of the fashion industry. They are looking for owners/founders/CEOs up and down the country working in all aspects of fashion – from high street retailers, charities, jewellers, workspace providers,

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The Churchill Fellowships are now open for applications.

25 July 2019

Travel grants for change makers. The Churchill Fellowship are looking for inspiring people who want to make a difference in their community or profession. They will fund them to find the best ideas in the world and bring them back to transform the UK. The Fellowship will fund any UK citizen aged 18 or over,

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GOV | UK Seafood Innovation Fund

19 July 2019

The UK government’s Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) is a £10 million research and development (R&D) fund that launched in July 2019. About the Seafood Innovation Fund The 3-year programme focuses on: delivering longer term, cutting-edge innovation across the seafood sector helping to take innovative ideas from early stage research to commercial viability The Centre for

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Forestry Commission | Tighter Restrictions on Oak Tree Imports Come Into Force.

19 July 2019

Tighter measures on the import of oak trees come into force in England to protect native trees from the threat of the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) on Monday 15th July. The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countries those from designated pest free areas including Protected

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FREE EVENT – Preparing Your Business for EU Exit – 25 July – Somerset West and Taunton Council

18 July 2019

The Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group (BROG) for the Heart of the South West is hosting a workshop run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to offer practical advice to businesses in preparation for leaving the EU. The Home Office will lead a session on employing EU citizens and the EU

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Enterprise Europe Network is delivering another Global Business Innovation Programme to South Korea.

18 July 2019

Funded by Innovate UK selected applicants will benefit from an unrivalled programme of pre and post visit support and an intensive 5 day in-country itinerary with opportunities to meet the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC Korea), the UK’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN), South Korean officials and collaborate with South Korean businesses and research organisations.

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The Wakeham Trust – Small Grants for UK Registered Charities and Community & Voluntary Groups.

17 July 2019

Small grants generally up to £2,500 to support UK registered charities and community and voluntary groups for small-scale projects with a community emphasis that would find it hard to obtain funding elsewhere. Applications can be made at any time. The Wakeham Trust is particularly interested in helping small scale local projects in the UK that

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