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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iLEAD Leadership Development Programme for Plymouth

14 August 2020

iLEAD is looking for a small group of passionate and committed people who are ready, willing and able to catalyse Plymouth’s leadership, extend its influence and make change happen. The cohort will work together, learn from each other, challenge perceived norms, think differently, consider the possible and create a new model for inclusive leadership that will

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We are hiring – Join the Growth Hub team

14 August 2020

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. We are seeking a Growth Hub Business

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Calling Manufacturing and Engineering employers, training providers and stakeholders

13 August 2020

The Heart of the South West LEP is pleased to be one of only two areas in the country working with the Learning and Work Institute (L&W) to explore ways to boost demand for higher technical education at Level 4 and 5 and create provision to meet this demand. L&W has been commissioned by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to

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Regional Growth and Local Government Grant Funding

30 July 2020

The Government has unveiled a further £20 million of funding to help boost the recovery of small businesses. The Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today announced the new package of grants to support small and medium businesses across England as they recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses will be

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Somerset Business Recovery Survey – seeking the views of local businesses

24 July 2020

Somerset’s five Local Authorities are jointly undertaking this vital Somerset business recovery survey to help better understand and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on local businesses like yours.

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Devon & Plymouth Chamber – Introductory Membership

23 July 2020

Devon & Plymouth Chamber has launched a new membership campaign to help businesses succeed and grow after the impact of COVID-19. As part of their campaign, the Chamber is offering a free trial membership for three months for local businesses. After securing the funding for this special introductory membership, the Chamber hopes to support as

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is open for entries

22 July 2020

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). The Awards can bring substantial benefits to winners, including: increased staff morale; as the presentation will take place at the workplace

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Creative England launches Creative Enterprise Evolve

22 July 2020

Creative England have recently launched their second iteration of Creative Enterprise: Evolve. As part of the Creative Enterprise, Evolve, aims to bring together content makers spanning film and television, videogames, animation and VFX and supporting tech platforms. Designed by investors and in partnership with the BFI and UK Business Angels Association, Evolve is a unique

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Recovery Advice for Business

10 July 2020

The Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, have teamed up to offer small and medium sized businesses free advice to help them recover from the impact of Coronavirus. Professional bodies and trade associations are mobilising experts in their sector to offer free calls on

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Basic Payment Scheme simplified for farmers

09 July 2020

Farmers will benefit from simpler and more proportionate penalties for small over-claims of land under the Basic Payment Scheme in England. The government has simplified the way penalties are calculated for small over-claims of land as part of measures to make the BPS less complicated for customers in 2020. This follows measures introduced in March

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