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

Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are open for applications

26 July 2018

About Queen’s Awards for Enterprise The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7000 companies have achieved a Queen’s Award. The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products

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Natwest: Skills & Opportunities Fund – Final Round

25 July 2018

NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund, launching on 3 September, will be the final opportunity to apply for a community grant of up to £35k. With the busy summer holidays just around the corner, Natwest wanted to make sure that you had plenty of time to prepare, if you’d been considering a future funding bid. There

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Devon and Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Development Programme

23 July 2018

The School for Social Entrepreneurs have just launched their Devon and Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Development Programme 2018/19.  This will provide a tailor-made programme for social venture leaders to help them develop the skills, personal effectiveness and knowledge to help their social venture grow and become sustainable. The course provides access to over £2500 worth of

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Devon Summer Tour

17 July 2018

Warm up for the Tour of Britain Devon stage and get ready for Cycle September with the Devon Summer Tour, 16 July – 12 August! You are invited to form a social team of six riders – just like in the Tour of Britain. You and your team will earn points by riding and encouraging

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Office for National Statistic: How Productive is your business?

11 July 2018

Office for National Statistics has launched an interactive tool to aid businesses to calculate their productivity and compare their performance to other businesses in Great Britain. The tool will let you calculate the productivity of your own business over time; and compare your productivity performance to other businesses in your industry. You only need three

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Post Office Services: Personal and Business Banking

11 July 2018

Did you know that there are more Post Office Branches across the UK than all the Bank branches combined! 99% of customers can access their high street bank accounts and carry out everyday banking transactions at all of the 11,500 Post Office branches.  The same goes for 95% of small business customers. Services Deposit cash

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ScaleUp 2018 Survey

09 July 2018

The ScaleUp Institute’s 2018 Scaleup Survey – the UK’s largest survey of its fast-growing companies is live now. We would urge all scale up and fast growing businesses please use this important opportunity to make your views and needs known. It’s even easy to do on your phone! The Scaleup Survey is now in its fifth year.

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Innovate UK: Innovation Loans

06 July 2018

Innovate UK is running a pilot programme of loan competitions over 2 years to the end of 2019. A total of up to £50 million is available for business innovation projects. They are working to broaden the range of innovation finance support available to businesses, so they can access funding at all stages of innovation.

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Innovate UK | Global Business Accelerator Programme IoT Tech Visit

06 July 2018

Global Business Accelerator Programme IoT Tech Visit Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to South Korea for businesses focused on developing IOT technologies. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend the IOT Korea Exhibition and International Conference 2018, visit centres of excellence and

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Gigabit Voucher Scheme

06 July 2018

Gigabit Voucher Scheme Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit vouchers can be

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