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

Mendip Business Awards 2018

09 January 2018

Mendip Business Awards 2018 The 2018 Mendip Business Awards open to entries on Monday 8th January at 12 noon and closes Friday 23rd March at 12 noon. The Mendip Business Awards are open to all businesses, social enterprises, CIC’S and professional organisation of any age with at least one premise within the Mendip District Council area

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North Devon Business Enterprise and Innovation Centre – Business Survey

09 January 2018

North Devon Business Enterprise and Innovation Centre You may have heard of proposals to develop a Business Enterprise and Innovation Centre for northern Devon at Roundswell Business Park in Barnstaple. These proposals include providing modern flexible managed workspace along with business support to help encourage and develop businesses with growth and innovation potential. As part

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Global Business Accelerator visit to Israel focusing for the cyber tech industry

03 January 2018

Global Business Accelerator visit to Israel focusing on the battery tech industry Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel for businesses in the battery tech industry. Under its Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative, Israel has established itself as a global centre of excellence

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Small Business Commissioner launched to help small businesses resolve payment disputes

01 January 2018

The Government has today (20 December 2017) launched the complaint handling service of  the  Small  Business  Commissioner  to  ensure  fair  payment  practices  for  small businesses.  This  follows  the  appointment  of  Paul  Uppal  to  the  role  of  Small  Business Commissioner. Regulations made by Small Business Minister Margot James, mean the Commissioner can now handle complaints from

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Short But Sweet – The Growth Hub’s Year In Review

20 December 2017

2017 has zoomed by for the Growth Hub team. It has been a busy year. Over 3,200 businesses have engaged with the Growth Hub and awareness of the service continues to grow. Working closely with a broad partnership of delivery organisations, we have introduced over 700 of those businesses to schemes to meet their needs.

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Exeter Velocities – grant funding and support

13 December 2017

Are you a start-up or developing business with ideas for urban transport, mobility or energy initiatives in Exeter? Exeter Velocities is a start-up accelerator offering support and funding for entrepreneurs with ideas to improve mobility and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It does this through three programmes that focus on supporting the development of a start-up

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Simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme announced

12 December 2017

From 2/01/2018, four new Countryside Stewardship offers will be open to applications to help farmers and landowners protect farmland and boost diversity. The new offers cover: Online Arable Offer Lowland Grazing Offer Upland Offer Mixed Farming Offer The application process has also been simplified and Natural England will publish a handbook in January 2018 to

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Research highlights ways to streamline local authority funding

11 December 2017

The way funding for local authorities in England is assessed could be simpler, fairer and more transparent, according to communities and local government committee-commissioned research… Read more: http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2017/12/research-highlights-ways-streamline-local-authority-funding

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VAT on electronic commerce: New rules adopted

11 December 2017

On 5 December 2017, the Council adopted new rules making it easier for online businesses to comply with VAT obligations. For start-ups and SMEs, the new rules introduce an important simplification. Below €10 000 in yearly cross-border online sales, a business will be able to continue applying VAT rules used in its home country. Learn more online,

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The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive £150,000 equity investment funding

11 December 2017

Every month, The Start-Up Series competition searches for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to qualify for seed investments from a total of £3.6m equity investment funding… The UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition.  Winners will qualify for funding from a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fund created by Worth Capital which totals £3.6m.

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