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

Launch of the 2018 British Small Business Awards

21 February 2018

The British Small Business Awards aim to celebrate and bring attention to the UK’s small business sector. The purpose of this awards scheme is to give recognition to outstanding sole traders, micro businesses and small companies in the United Kingdom. Successful businesses will receive an award that will commemorate their talents and hard work. The

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UK food and drink exports reach record high

19 February 2018

Defra statistics have revealed that the value of UK food and drink exports reached a record high of £22 billion in 2017, which represents a 10% year-on-year increase. The top five export destinations were: Republic of Ireland USA France Netherlands Germany The products which had the highest export value included whisky, chocolate, cheese and shellfish.

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New industry engagement project launches at University’s Electron Microscopy Centre

19 February 2018

A new initiative that will bring together business and industry with expertise and equipment at a cutting edge electron microscopy centre has formally launched at the University of Plymouth. The Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (PMCP) will enable companies in Devon to work with academics and technical specialists using a new Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron

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Free 1:1 Business Review available through the Growth Hub

16 February 2018

Eligible businesses can now access a fully funded one to one advice session with an external Business Adviser through the Growth Hub. The service provides you with an opportunity to speak to an expert adviser about your business and growth ambitions. Businesses must be currently trading and operating in the following sectors to be eligible for

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R&D Tax Credits – A cash boost not to be missed!

15 February 2018

For innovative businesses with an accounting year-end of 31 March, the deadline for claiming R&D tax credit for your 2015/16 accounting period is fast approaching. Did you know the average R&D tax credit value to SMEs is £61,314 – providing your company with a significant cash flow boost! Eligible businesses can claim up until the

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Mendip Business Awards 2018

13 February 2018

The Mendip Business Awards are now open to entries from all businesses with premises within the district. The awards are now in their 4th year and are set for success following the impressive standard of entries received last year.  The Awards are held to recognise and celebrate some of the 5,700 independent and vibrant businesses

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Work Placements in E-Commerce Sought for Bridgwater College ERASMUS students

08 February 2018

Bridgwater College are looking for local businesses in Somerset that carry out e-commerce activity who would be willing to accept students on behalf of the ERASMUS project for a 2 week period during April and May. The students would be able to provide recommendations against e-commerce related problems/issues so can be of real business benefit.

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Digital Toolkit for 2018 – Preparing Your Biz for a Digital Future

07 February 2018

Over the past 4 months, the Growth Hub and Get Up To Speed have partnered with various business support partners to deliver a series of fully-funded digital toolkit events across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset & Torbay. This inspiring event was filled with thought-provoking ideas, digital trends and useful tips and tools! Delivered in jargon-free language, by Cosmic, the

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Grants and Advice – new opportunities for Dartmoor

07 February 2018

A unique opportunity is being offered to ‘meet the funders’ on Thursday 15 February (7-9.30 pm) at the Two Bridges Hotel, near Princetown. The evening, organised by the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, will bring together a range of bodies that provide advice and grants within Dartmoor National Park. In the current economic climate taking business

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RDPE GRANT FUNDING: EOI Deadline Extended!

06 February 2018

NEW RDPE GRANT FUNDING: EOI Deadline Extended! The latest round of Rural Development Programme funding was announced by Lord Gardener on 29th July 2017. There are a number of strands of grant funding currently available to rural businesses in England through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). These include the Growth Programme, Countryside Productivity

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