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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£5,000 Small Business Grants Initiative – Monthly Competition

27 September 2017

Small Business Grants is a free-to-enter competition run by SmallBusiness.co.uk, offering a monthly £5,000 grant, which does not have to be paid back, to small businesses that have been trading for at least 6 months. For more information please click here.

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HMRC | Tax support for medium-sized business announced

26 September 2017

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 tax issues, reliefs and incentives. In

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#FridayFive – 5 Facts About Manufacturing in the SW

22 September 2017

In Plymouth alone, the total gross value added of the manufacturing sector was worth £759m in 2012. (Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group). 17% of the Growth Hub’s unique enquiries alone are from start up and established businesses from the manufacturing sector. With the Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay region enjoying a growing manufacturing industry, SWMAS, the South West

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FSB | New National Awards Programme for Small Businesses

22 September 2017

Entries are now open for FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018! The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the country, offering national recognition. Expert small business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK. The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards promote and recognise innovation, enterprise and

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Women’s Loan Fund

21 September 2017

In September, The Frederick’s Foundation are launching a ring-fenced loan fund for women. The aim is to build a £2 million fund to enable them to provide loans to women with a viable business plan who have been turned down by conventional lenders. Although their numbers have increased, women are still under-represented in enterprise. Moreover,

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Heart of the South West Business Survey

20 September 2017

What would help you grow your business? This survey is for businesses and social enterprises in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset & Torbay. It is being conducted on behalf of your local Growth Hub and in partnership with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The purpose of the survey is to help us to

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FridayFive | 5 Email Marketing Must-Haves

15 September 2017

Email marketing is a relatively inexpensive and very effective way to get your marketing message straight into the inbox of your audience. The concept of email marketing has taken off in recent years to the extent that entire companies are built on the basis of creating the perfect message. But why has email marketing become

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New Regional Franchise Showcase On The Road!

13 September 2017

On Friday 22nd September the first in a series of brand new franchise showcases will take place at Exeter Racecourse. Franchise Local 2You comprises six small, free-to-attend exhibitions taking place in convenient well-known venues around the country. Franchise Local 2You is the latest brainchild of Mr Franchise, a growing advice service that offers independent guidance

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Insider | South West HR Awards – Deadline for Entries Friday 22 September 2017

13 September 2017

In partnership with Acorn and Darwin Gray, Insider have announced the inaugural South West HR Awards 2017. These awards will acknowledge and celebrate excellence within the HR profession across the region, and in a wide range of sectors. There are 11 categories to choose from and entries are invited from human resources professionals to recognise

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Startups Awards 2017 – Deadline for Entries 15th September

12 September 2017

Innovative and ambitious new businesses across the UK have the opportunity to receive the recognition they deserve as this year’s prestigious Startups Awards calls for entries. Startups Awards, sponsored by The Start Up Loans, is the longest-running national awards scheme celebrating the success of outstanding new businesses (trading for three years or under) in the

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