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

Calling all Manufacturers – Have your say in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey!

23 October 2017

Manufacturing Barometer Survey : Where in the business would you most like to see productivity improve by the year 2020 – Quality, Cost or Delivery Performance? The Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey conducted by the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), which maps confidence, trends and opinions within the manufacturing sector.  The findings, collated

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Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme (ERDF)

20 October 2017

The Innovation in Healthy Ageing Project is a European Regional Development part funded programme. As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The programme will respond to a number of challenges and opportunities around the impact of ageing populations, changing lifestyle choices and the rise in chronic conditions, which place pressure

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Friday Five – 5 key areas to include in your growth plan

20 October 2017

Friday Five – Your Business Growth Plan According to The Times, “A business growth plan for an established enterprise has a dual focus: the strategic development of the business itself, which sits alongside an operational review of the competencies and capabilities of the entrepreneur and the management team.” Although referring to established organisations, we would

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Friday Five – 5 Perks of Backlinking

13 October 2017

Backlinks are links within a webpage that take the user to another site when clicked. A backlink can be in the form of text or an image. For example, if you need help sourcing SEO support and advice for your business, we’d suggest you get in touch. How do you know if other sites are

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New Loan Funding for Social Pioneers in Devon

13 October 2017

Devon Social Investment Fund This new investment fund is for social enterprises and charities based in Devon.  Loans are tailored to an individual organisation’s needs, enabling you to bring ideas to fruition. The loans are available between £30,000 – £150,000.  They can be used for a wide variety of purpose, including but not limited to: •Working

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Success Story – Mapyx Limited

09 October 2017

“NO CATCH 22” SAYS MD ON HIS EXPERIENCE OF RECEIVING FUNDED BUSINESS SUPPORT An Exeter based company supplying the MOD, police and education sectors has realigned its business focus on the back of funded business advice offered through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Mapyx Limited, a Geographic Information Solutions (GIS) provider delivers

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Friday Five | 5 ways to avoid cash flow options

06 October 2017

If you run out of cash, managing the day to day activities of a business becomes near impossible. Within a commercial enterprise you need to be able to convert sales into cash before the bills are due. Even a healthy balance sheet may show you as ‘asset rich but cash poor’ making the payment of

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HMRC | Tax Support for Medium-sized Business Announced

06 October 2017

Tax Support for Medium-sized Business Announced HMRC has launched a free service to provide tax advice and support to medium-sized firms that are experiencing certain types of growth. Medium-sized firms are defined as having either more than 20 employees or a turnover of more than £10 million. The Growth Support Service will provide advice about

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Creative Industries Clusters Programme Briefing – Bristol – 4th October 2017

29 September 2017

Creative Industries Clusters Programme Briefing – Wales & South West   Date : 4 October 2017 Time : 9am – 1pm Location : Bristol The Creative Industries Clusters Programme starting in 2018, will invest £80m+ in eight new creative research & development partnerships, bringing together the UK’s renowned creative industries with arts and humanities led

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FridayFive – 5 tips for running your business from home

29 September 2017

5 Things to consider if you are working from home There are many perks to being your own boss, one of them is choosing where your business is located. Working from home is a low-cost option for many businesses that do not require premises to operate out of. As well as saving you additional rent,

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