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

Mendip Business Awards 2019

28 March 2019

Mendip Business Awards 2019 – Entries close Tues 2nd April! For all of the fantastic businesses wishing to celebrate their achievements and hard work over the past year – don’t forget you have just days left to submit your entry (or entries) to see who will shine at the year’s award ceremony.  Whether you’re a

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Barclays backs UK SMEs through Brexit with a package of support including a £14bn lending fund

28 March 2019

Barclays has today announced a £14bn* lending fund as part of a series of initiatives to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to succeed and flourish through Brexit and beyond. Focused on building SME resilience during uncertain times, the package of support includes: A £14bn* dedicated lending fund for the businesses that are the lifeblood

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Innovative businesses invited to pitch to key influencers and investors

26 March 2019

Pitchfest 2019 applications now open to South West entrepreneurs  Innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs with high growth potential seeking investment are encouraged to apply for Pitchfest 2019, a pitching competition being run as part of Venturefest South West on 17 June at Sandy Park, Exeter. Pitchfest offers innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to promote their businesses

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Using Electron Microscopy in the Microelectronics and Photonics Sector

25 March 2019

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) are hosting their Industrial Solutions series of events throughout 2019. Supported by Innovate UK, UKRI, ZEISS, the University’s own Research and Innovation team and funded by ERDF, PEMC invites industrial partners old and new to join us on the main University campus to discover what Electron Microscopy could do for

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The Link Academy Trust

20 March 2019

The Link Academy Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) of 9 rural primary schools located in Totnes, Newton Abbot, Teign valley and Crediton providing education to over 700 pupils. The Trust has ambitious plans for the future as they continue on their growth journey – expanding the number of schools and pupils that the

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SW Manufacturing Barometer Winter 2018-19 (Q3)

11 March 2019

The results are in! You’ll see that over 1/5 of manufacturers in the South West are looking to relocate suppliers to the UK, over 2/3 are or plan to stockpile raw materials, and that the diversion of resources while they adopt a pragmatic approach to the uncertainty around Brexit means they’re holding back on investing

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Retailers: Still a few remaining spaces Book Now!

05 March 2019

Retailers Workshop – harnessing digital tech to improve your sales and become more efficient This fully funded workshop will help Retail businesses to: Understand the digital technology options available to support retail businesses Learn about the benefits of integrating digital business systems such as CRM, Accounting, stock control and EPOS Understand multi channel retailing options

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Small Charities Challenge Fund

27 February 2019

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years. The closing date for the next review of proposals is Thursday 28th March, 2019 at 17:00 (GMT). A leaflet is available to download here. In brief, the

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British Business Bank – Small Business Finance Markets Reports.

21 February 2019

On 11th February, the British Business Bank published its flagship annual report –  the Small Business Finance Markets report 2018/2019 – a unique, comprehensive and impartial assessment of finance markets for UK smaller businesses. The report includes trends at a regional level, which we hope will be of particular interest to you. A direct link

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Public Procurement Review Service (Mystery Shopper Scheme)

21 February 2019

Have you ever had a concern about a public sector contract? Have you experienced late payment by the public sector? Maybe we can help. Public Procurement Review Service is the new name for the successful Mystery Shopper scheme that allows suppliers to raise concerns anonymously about public sector procurement. It has helped hundreds of suppliers

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