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

SSW | Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

23 May 2018

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Devon and Somerset SMEs are invited to attend ‘Building Tomorrow’s Workforce’, an event on future sector trends and workforce solutions – Monday 11 June in Exeter Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service, a programme managed by Serco, invites small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the construction sector to attend ‘Building

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UPDATE: Trading Standards for businesses

14 May 2018

Appeal for Information About Loan Sharks in Devon: The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are appealing for information about loan sharks in Devon. The Team work in partnership with Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police to investigate and prosecute loan sharks. This appeal comes after the IMLT carried out

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Interreg | Funding Opportunities

09 May 2018

Funding opportunities with Interreg France (Channel) England (European funding) Focus of fund/fund aims: For international partnership projects between areas of southern England and northern France bordering the English Channel Application deadline: Open call system Fund description: Interreg provides EU funding for projects which encourage co-operation and sharing of good practice between European regions. The France (Channel)

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Spanish Language School preparing children for a globalised future

08 May 2018

LOCAL SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL IS PREPARING OUR CHILDREN FOR A GLOBALISED FUTURE THANKS TO HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST GROWTH HUB SUPPORT Andrés Ossa, owner of Spanish Amigos Plymouth – a Spanish language school with a twist, is thrilled after receiving business support for his franchise through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

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Supplier Sought | CRM for the Heart of the SW LEP

08 May 2018

Request for Quotation – CRM System for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (ref. 2018-Q-LEP CRM) We are seeking a supplier to identify, purchase, develop (where needed), implement, pilot and roll out a CRM system for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. The CRM system is required to: Better

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Cyber-protection warning ahead of GDPR

04 May 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stated that businesses and charities must ensure that they are protected from cyberattacks before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. This follows the publication of their ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018’, which revealed that around 42% of small

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SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey

02 May 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.  This quarter, with global trade very much in the news, SWMAS are looking at export intentions and what businesses need to do if they want to grow through increasing export

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HotSW LEP’s new CEX announced

01 May 2018

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce its new chief executive, David Ralph, who will be starting on 4 June, taking over from the outgoing Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, who is retiring after leading the LEP for the last five years. David brings high calibre expertise to this role,

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New Productivity Strategy for the HotSW LEP Area

30 April 2018

Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset agreed steps to drive up productivity at the first meeting of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Joint Committee on Friday 23 March. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Committee unanimously endorsed the Productivity Strategy that has been taking shape over the last two years and

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NEW, dedicated GDPR advice helpline for small organisations

24 April 2018

The ICO has set-up a dedicated advice helpline for smaller businesses and charities as they work towards GDPR compliance by 25 May 2018. The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities. To access the new service dial the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 and select option 4 to be diverted to staff who can offer support.

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