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

British Business Investments – full year results 31st March 2018

23 October 2018

British Business Investments, a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK’s national economic development bank, today publishes its Annual Reports and Accounts for 2017/18, its fourth year of operation. Key highlights for 2017-18 include: A gross annual income of £76.2m generated, delivering a pre-tax profit of £67.9m – an increase of 23%

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Somerset Manufacturers Group

17 October 2018

Are you manufacturing in Somerset? Network, collaborate and share best practices with your peers through the Somerset Manufacturers Group. As a source of knowledge and ideas to drive the growth of your business, get involved and identify opportunities for funding and other business support. SMG also works with other organisations to ensure Somerset manufacturers across

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The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab’s Water Resilience Challenge

11 October 2018

Join regional businesses to tackle water and data challenges The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab (Impact Lab) has united the Eden Project, the Met Office, South West Water and the Environment Agency to develop the Water Resilience Challenge, which launches with a free and fully-catered, two-day hackathon-style ‘bootcamp’ on 6-7 November at Exeter

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Vodafone Techstarter – Deadline 23/10/18

08 October 2018

Awards for businesses, social enterprises and charities, including cash prizes and expert guidance, to recognise and support innovative technology for social good. The Vodafone Techstarter Social Innovation Award has a total prize fund of £300,000 to support tech ventures on a mission to make a difference in the areas of health and well-being, education, environment,

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Plymouth Enterprise Week

04 October 2018

Plymouth Enterprise Week, led by the University of Plymouth in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders takes place from 12–16 November and aims to celebrate enterprise, business growth and new ideas in the city and beyond. The majority of the events are free to attend and are open to everyone. Events this year include a

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We’re Hiring – Project Officer – Join the Growth Hub team

01 October 2018

Job vacancy – Project Officer 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 to

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SWMAS | Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey

28 September 2018

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 – Brexit readiness Alongside our regular benchmarking of the SME manufacturing sector’s performance, we’d like you to tell us about how ready you feel your business is for Brexit.

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Dartington SSE | Equality Impacts Survey

28 September 2018

Can you help us to find out about the investment needs of equality organisations in the South West? Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs is seeking the views of the VCSE sector through a survey that aims to find out and map the investment and support needs of equality, diversity and human rights VCSE organisations in the South West. Take

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HSBC UK Announces £12 Billion Loan Fund for UK SMEs

25 September 2018

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The bank’s dedicated SME Fund has increased by £2 billion, following a £10 billion package of support in 2017. The SME Fund for 2018 is double the first SME Fund of £6 billion – launched by HSBC

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Tech Nation: Rising Stars Pitch Competition

24 September 2018

Rising Stars is the UK’s newest and most exciting pitch competition.  Designed with the ambitious tech entrepreneur in mind, Rising Stars is on a mission to find the UK’s most promising early-stage start-ups and take them to the next level. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect your startup with mentors, investors and influencers, and

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