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

HSE | Getting help with manual handling risks in your business

04 April 2018

“Research has shown that general training in lifting techniques is an ineffective way of controlling the risks of manual handling in businesses. By getting help to change the way you work, you can reduce manual handling risks and avoid paying for ineffective or unnecessary training.” HSE] The HSE have released guidance for organisations who would

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Guidance: Using ‘Legitimate Interests’ under GDPR

03 April 2018

  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance on using the basis of ‘legitimate interests’ under GDPR to process personal data. Different sources will tell you different things in relation to using this basis as a rational. We’ve looked into the basis for using legitimate interests and conclude that the ICO guidance is a

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Devon business refurbishes premises thanks to Growth Hub 1:1 support

20 March 2018

The Garden Shop: An oasis of calm in a sea of chaos Since Sue Brown took over The Garden Shop in 2014, the bespoke, micro-garden centre has flourished into an expanding horticultural tourist destination, complete with a dog-friendly café, garden centre and gift shop. Soon, her premises will include an onsite workspace for artisans and

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International Business Festival Opportunity

19 March 2018

Opportunity for businesses to exhibit on HMG/Innovate UK stand at International Business Festival in Liverpool in June (close date 13 April) This year, rather than hold an independent “Innovate” event, Innovate UK will be major exhibitors at the International Business Festival in Liverpool in June, with 300sqm space which will form the Festival’s UK Innovation

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Visit Dartmoor to welcome more overseas visitors thanks to funding win

16 March 2018

Visit Dartmoor is to spearhead a campaign to drive more foreign visitors to Devon as part of the Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund. The official tourism organisation for Dartmoor National Park, Visit Dartmoor has secured funding to help local businesses attract international visitors under the Make Great Memories in England’s National Parks project. The

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We’re Hiring – Join the Growth Hub team

13 March 2018

Job vacancy – Online Business Adviser 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. Reporting

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Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (PMCP)

10 March 2018

Bringing 3D analysis and imaging, on the nano-scale, to the Heart of the South West, through Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre. Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) provides support and access to a wide range of microscopy solutions by producing extremely high magnification analysis and images at high resolution. PEMC has been working with industry for over

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90% of small firms still not prepared for new data regulation, new research shows

06 March 2018

Ninety per cent of small firms still not prepared for new data regulation, new research shows Hospitality and the arts & entertainment businesses are the least prepared for GDPR  FSB awareness raising campaign to help 5.7 million small businesses be data ready starts today Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research, published today, shows that over

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Barnstaple Business & IP Centre

06 March 2018

Barnstaple Business & IP Centre We support businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launch, and grow a business. We hold workshops and events and offer advice on a whole host of subjects, from setting up your business to protecting your intellectual property (IP). So whether you’re looking to start,

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FabLab Launches at Barnstaple Library!

27 February 2018

FabLab Barnstaple is here, having recently launched with the assistance of Arts Council England funding. It is the latest addition to the FabLab Devon network of facilities run by Libraries Unlimited. What is a FabLab? What is on offer? A FabLab is small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. It’s an open access, not-for-profit, community resource where anybody can

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