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

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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The Prince’s Countryside Fund: Grant Giving Programme

14 September 2018

The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. They have grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit. They recognise that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way

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Somerset Social Entrepreneurs: Start Up Intensive 3 Day Course

12 September 2018

A fully funded 3 day course specially designed to help start a social enterprise. The course will give a great introduction to starting and setting up a social enterprise, including: Setting your values, vision and mission Marketing your business Identifying customers Business planning Starting to measure your social impact Communicating and pitching your social enterprise

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The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

04 September 2018

BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR YOUR FAMILY FARM BUSINESS The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme offers FREE business skills training and advice to family farms in 15 locations across the UK each year. Through a series of workshops and one to one support, it will help you to ensure that you are making the most of

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We’re Hiring – Join the Growth Hub team

03 September 2018

Job vacancy – Online Business Adviser 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

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Creative England – Digital & Creative Investments

23 August 2018

Creative England Investments Are you looking to grow and scale your creative, digital business?  Have you struggled to access finance elsewhere? Creative England understands the needs of SMEs, particularly those in the creative sector.  They know how difficult it is to access finance from traditional sources and that in order to take your business to the

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Sporting Capital

13 August 2018

Sporting Capital invests in organisations that make a difference through sport. The £3 million sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding between £50,000 – £150,000. The loan funding will be used to help organisations develop new projects, operations and revenue streams. Sporting Capital can invest in a wide range of organisations from community clubs, social enterprises,

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