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

Gigabit Voucher Scheme

06 July 2018

Gigabit Voucher Scheme Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit vouchers can be

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Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announces a Sector Deal with the nuclear sector

02 July 2018

New deal with industry to secure UK civil nuclear future and drive down cost of energy for customers An ambitious deal with the nuclear sector to ensure that nuclear energy continues to power the UK for years to come through major innovation, cutting-edge technology and ensuring a diverse and highly-skilled workforce, was announced today (28

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Small Business Commissioner

02 July 2018

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is a non-departmental public body, which is operationally independent of Government and a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The role of Small Business Commissioner was established under the Enterprise Act 2016 as part of a package of measures to tackle the late and unfair

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Interreg VA France: Low Energy Offices (LEO)

27 June 2018

Low Energy Offices (LEO) project aims to increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in the sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions The project idea is to develop and demonstrate cost-effective solutions to achieving retrofits of multi-storey commercial buildings that achieve substantial carbon reductions

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Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot

26 June 2018

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset are urged to take advantage of a £2.5m skills training pot for their workforce, as a result of a contract extension. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business

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Sweeping a new path to business success

22 June 2018

Seeking new ways to take her chimney sweep business to the next level was the motivation for Razale Olivier getting in touch with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub team. PH Olivier Chimney Sweep began trading in 2010 and has secured year on year growth ever since through word of mouth and affiliate

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CITB: Construction Skills Fund

21 June 2018

A new Construction Skills Fund has been established to support the development of on-site training hubs for the construction industry. An on-site training hub is a physical facility which enables potential entrants to become site- and employment-ready. The hub would ideally be located within a large housing development or infrastructure project. The hubs will help

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Great British High Street Awards

20 June 2018

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, today launched the Great British High Street Awards. What is the Great British High Street Awards? Celebration of local achievements on high streets across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. For the first time there will be a High Streets Week –

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Creative Industries Federation Growth Survey

14 June 2018

Creative Industries Federation Growth Survey As part of the Federation’s activity across Entrepreneurship and Growth, they are undertaking a major piece of research on growth. The research will look at what growth really looks like in creative enterprises across the creative industries in the UK, and how we can better support this. The findings will

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Forward Enterprise Fund

08 June 2018

The Forward Enterprise Fund is £2m social investment fund that supports individuals, charities and social enterprises run by, or creating employment opportunities for, ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction. The fund is a partnership between Social Investment Business and The Forward Trust backed by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, Big Lottery Fund

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