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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Case Study: A leading manufacturer of bandsaw blades for the timber processing industry

12 May 2022

With over 35 years of experience, EPS Services and Tooling is the leading manufacturer of bandsaw blades for the timber processing industry in the UK. The business operates a range of precision saw grinding and manufacturing machines, whilst managing a fleet of light commercial vans for collecting and delivering customer tooling. Net zero ambitions… In

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Skills Support for the Workforce – new courses available

12 May 2022

Skills Support for the Workforce has just published details about the courses that are currently available. It is recommended that individuals book quickly (details below) as some courses have limited spaces. Please note that these courses are available to those in Somerset only. Course Dates for HR Champions Leadership & Management, HR and Customer Service

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Case Study: An innovative 150-year-old business with a 21st Century focus

10 May 2022

From designing and patenting the first Penny Farthing spoked bicycle wheel in 1871, through to the iconic vehicles we see today, this Somerset-based firm has always put design and innovation at the forefront of development. Ariel thrive as manufacturers of unique vehicles that are among the fastest, and most interesting, in the world. For each

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Export package launched to promote world-class UK seafood overseas

10 May 2022

The UK Government has announced a £1 million package to boost seafood exports and promote the industry’s high-quality produce overseas. The package will target growing overseas markets and provide new export opportunities for the UK fishing industry and seafood sector following our departure from the European Union.

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Innovate UK Smart grants open for applications

10 May 2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable research and development (R&D) innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This latest application round closes on Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 11am.

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Rural Payments Agency April Update

25 April 2022

The Rural Payments Agency has published their April update which includes updates on their schemes, including the Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and the Basic Payment Scheme, as well as the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Landscape Recovery and the Lump Sum Exit Scheme.

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Winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise announced

22 April 2022

The winners of the 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, celebrating the achievements of UK businesses.  Read about the fantastic companies from the South West who are winners of this year’s awards.

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Free mentoring to help improve the digital capability of construction businesses

08 April 2022

A free mentoring service has been launched by the CITB to support construction firms with implementing digital processes and techniques. Digital Construction Skills will help develop the skills construction firms need to drive digital transformation in their business.

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UK Seafood Fund Infrastructure Scheme opens for applications

04 April 2022

The UK Seafood Fund Infrastructure Scheme is now open for applications. Successful applicants will be awarded a minimum of £250,000 and maximum of £5 million to invest in capability, renewable energy and social and economic welfare.

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Applications open for Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships Funding

25 March 2022

A second round of the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) funding is now open for applications. Applications for grant funding to develop research proposals (FISP Part A) are open until midday 25 April, with up to £20k available per bid.

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