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

HM revenue and customs

HMRC reveals absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage

18 August 2021

While the vast majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today released some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the legal minimum. Last year (2020 to 2021) HMRC helped more than 155,000 workers across the UK recover more than £16 million

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Simon Plant

Growth Hub Case Study: Simon Plant Photography

16 August 2021

Simon Plant has been a commercial photographer and film maker for over 34 years. When the pandemic hit, the Growth Hub advised him on any grants and training courses available to him, and above all, highlighted that in difficult times there is help is out there for sole traders. Simon Plant has been a commercial

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Event to help SMEs understand the sustainability agenda

12 August 2021

Small business owners who may be uncertain about why sustainability, net zero and climate change are relevant to their day-to-day work are being invited to special regional event run by Britain’s biggest business representation group. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are staging the event entitled ‘What is net zero and why is it important

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Free Support to Help Farmers Navigate the Agricultural Transition

09 August 2021

Business Information Point (BIP) are providing free, tailored one to one advice, webinars, and business skills development workshops to help farmers and land managers navigate the changes brought about by the Agricultural Transition. Between 2021 and 2027, the government will gradually reduce and then stop Direct Payments. Instead, farmers will be supported to improve the

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Chancellor marks Help to Grow scheme launch with teach-in alongside business owners

05 August 2021

The Chancellor has called on small and medium business leaders to sign up to a new programme designed to hone their expertise as he attended one of the first courses in the UK. Rishi Sunak joined a class taking part in the government-funded management scheme at Aston Business School alongside small business owners to see

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HM revenue and customs

Customs Declaration Service to become UK’s single customs platform

03 August 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a system founded on world-leading technology, will serve as the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023. HMRC will be closing its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. From this date, all businesses will

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salty studio

Growth Hub Case Study: Salty’s Studio

02 August 2021

Sandra and Jim Salter took the plunge and opened up their first ever shop, Salty’s Studio, in June 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. With the help of the Growth Hub, they have been able to keep their business on track throughout a turbulent time, with clear goals in their sights. Salty’s Studio, found in Ashburton,

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able futures

Able-futures: free Mental Health Support Services in the workplace

26 July 2021

Able Futures provides mental health support to people in work, apprentices and employers. If you struggle with mental health difficulties it may mean you have more bad days than good days. Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. The Access to Work Mental Health

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Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership Grants

26 July 2021

The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) is offering grants to help fund business projects aimed at boosting tourism in the West Somerset and Sedgemoor area. Led by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT), the Tourism Innovation Grant Scheme has been set up by the HTAP partners in response to the impact on tourism from Covid.

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Somerset Businesses: Do you have Hospitality vacancies that you cannot fill?

20 July 2021

A new service for the 2021 season has been developed to promote your current vacancies directly to young people in schools and colleges here in Somerset. Somerset County Council along with the four District Councils, Education Business Partnership and industry representatives have worked together to produce a link between a central web hospitality vacancy platform

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