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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Next Round of Innovation UK Loans Open for Applications

18 May 2021

Innovate UK is offering up to £20 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

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South West Businesses Celebrate Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Wins

30 April 2021

Congratulations to the businesses in the Heart of the South West who were amongst the 205 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners from throughout the United Kingdom.

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HM revenue and customs

Customers reminded to look out for their tax credits renewals packs

28 April 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is sending out about 2.5 million annual renewals packs to tax credits customers from this week. Customers should check their details in the renewal pack and report any change in circumstances to HMRC. The packs will be sent out over the next six weeks and all customers should receive theirs

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Shazam co-founder to deliver keynote at flagship South West tech conference

21 April 2021

Organisers of SW Innovation Expo today announced Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Shazam and experienced investor in tech start-ups, as the keynote speaker of the region’s flagship technology and business event. SW Innovation Expo will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 14th October 2021 bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and investors for panel discussions, an interactive

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SMART SKILLS for Devon

08 April 2021

Devon businesses and residents are urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million.  SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses and other organisations to identify skills gaps in their existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient during this economic crisis and beyond,

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Launch of Natural Capital Demonstrator Loan Fund

25 March 2021

The Heart of the South West LEP is pleased to announce the launch of a £1m Natural Capital Demonstrator Loan Fund to assist with the establishment of income generating projects which help to protect and enhance our valuable assets.

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HM revenue and customs

Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1 April

23 March 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers have just over a week to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the 2019 to 2020 financial year to avoid incurring penalty charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has urged. Last month, HMRC said that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot Seeks Farmers

17 March 2021

Defra is seeking farmers to express an interest in participating in the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot. Defra will start to pilot the Sustainable Farming Incentive this year with an initial group of several hundred farmers. Then, in March 2022, will start to roll out the scheme to recipients of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

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£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

15 March 2021

The fund will help smaller businesses with changes to trade rules with the EU. Smaller businesses can today (15 March 2021) apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables traders to access practical support, including training

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British Business Bank

Small Business Finance Markets Report 2020/21

12 March 2021

Introducing the Small Business Finance Markets Report from the British Business Bank, bringing you the latest findings from our annual, in-depth analysis of smaller business access to finance in 2020/21.

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