A round up of business news including; information on new support services, grant funding, success stories, advice and information and dates for your diary.
Bright Ideas Fund for Community Groups
24 April 2017
The Department for Communities and Local Government, working with Locality and Power to Change, has opened a new round of the Bright Ideas Fund. The Fund is open to community groups that need investment to support their ideas for a community business. Successful applicants will receive up to £20,000 each, and £900,000 will be awardedRead more
Tax-free allowance on trading income
18 April 2017
HMRC has announced that anyone who has an annual gross income (before allowances or expenses) of £1,000 or less will be entitled to a tax-free trading allowance from 6 April 2017 and will not have to inform HMRC about this income. The money can be earned from self-employment, casual services (such as gardening) or theRead more
HOTSW LEP – Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group
03 April 2017
As you will be aware the UK invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29, 2017, formally starting its negotiations to leave the European Union. In January this year the Prime Minister laid out 12 principles for the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU which was followed by a more comprehensive White PaperRead more
Nomination Sought for Top 150 Tech Start-up List
29 March 2017
Nominations are being sought for the UK’s top 150 tech start-ups to watch. Criteria for this is as follows: · Tech is defined as a company that is using tech to disrupt a traditional industry or is creating / selling a technology-based product; · To be considered for the list a start-up most be lessRead more
Apprenticeship Opportunity with the Growth Hub
24 March 2017
We have an opportunity for an apprentice Project Officer to work alongside the Growth Hub team. The role of Project Officer (Apprentice) is to provide effective administrative and general project support to assist in the delivery of the Heart of the South West [HotSW] Growth Hub contract. This includes support to assist the delivery, marketing and reportingRead more
Success Story – Stephen Bright
20 March 2017
An engineer from Devon is on a journey into entrepreneurship with his innovation that could reach international markets within the military and humanitarian aid, thanks to support from Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Stephen Bright is a principal engineer specialising in bridge design. He has used the knowledge and skills from his dayRead more
Sweet Chestnut Blight Alert
07 March 2017
The Forestry Commission have been sending out information to alert all about an outbreak of sweet chestnut blight in the South West and to notify everyone of four 5km zones that are subject to movement restrictions. Sweet chestnut blight is caused by a fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica, which gets into the trees through wounds or graft sites. AlthoughRead more
Sign Up To Somerset Day!
24 February 2017
Passion for Somerset, the not for profit community interest organisation which champions Somerset is urging local businesses and communities to sign up to Somerset Day. This day gives an opportunity to raise the profile of the county of Somerset and all it has to offer. Passion for Somerset’s work centres around ‘Somerset Day’ held on MayRead more
Nominations for the Plymouth Herald Business Awards 2017 are now open!
20 February 2017
Organisations can be entered for awards across various categories including: Green Business of the Year, Manufacturing Business of the Year and Best Business Start Up. Click here for further information on the Plymouth Herald websitRead more
Success Story – The Artisan Bride
10 February 2017
A seamstress with 25 years in the bridal industry is using her extensive experience to launch an online retail business, with support from Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Joanne Christoforides, based in Bridgwater, is a self-taught seamstress with decades of experience running wedding dress boutiques, as well as designing and creating bespoke gownsRead more
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