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

Inspiring Futures with Plymouth University | Free business support

26 October 2017

Inspiring Futures with Plymouth University –  Free business support from Plymouth Business School students Plymouth Business School is seeking to engage with businesses who would like to benefit from free business advice from a team of students who can investigate a real business issue for them. In today’s globalised world, more students are going to

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Fast Track to Growth | Ambitious Devon Businesses Wanted

25 October 2017

Ambitious Devon Businesses Wanted Backed by Devon County Council and a host of other organisations, Fast Track to Growth helps companies achieve better business growth through targeted free expertise. Firms of all sizes and stages in their business in Devon are eligible for the growth programme, which this year is doubling the number of firms

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New GDPR Helpline for Small and Micro Businesses

24 October 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office will launch a new helpline on 1st November 2017 to help small businesses prepare for new data protection laws which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The phone service will add to a package of tools and resources already available through ICO to help

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PLUSS – Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme

23 October 2017

Pluss is delighted to announce that they have secured four Big Lottery Fund grants to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme across South West England and West Yorkshire. Building Better Opportunities is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The new programmes, to be known locally as ‘Positive

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Calling all Manufacturers – Have your say in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey!

23 October 2017

Manufacturing Barometer Survey : Where in the business would you most like to see productivity improve by the year 2020 – Quality, Cost or Delivery Performance? The Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey conducted by the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), which maps confidence, trends and opinions within the manufacturing sector.  The findings, collated

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Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme (ERDF)

20 October 2017

The Innovation in Healthy Ageing Project is a European Regional Development part funded programme. As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The programme will respond to a number of challenges and opportunities around the impact of ageing populations, changing lifestyle choices and the rise in chronic conditions, which place pressure

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Friday Five – 5 key areas to include in your growth plan

20 October 2017

Friday Five – Your Business Growth Plan According to The Times, “A business growth plan for an established enterprise has a dual focus: the strategic development of the business itself, which sits alongside an operational review of the competencies and capabilities of the entrepreneur and the management team.” Although referring to established organisations, we would

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Friday Five – 5 Perks of Backlinking

13 October 2017

Backlinks are links within a webpage that take the user to another site when clicked. A backlink can be in the form of text or an image. For example, if you need help sourcing SEO support and advice for your business, we’d suggest you get in touch. How do you know if other sites are

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New Loan Funding for Social Pioneers in Devon

13 October 2017

Devon Social Investment Fund This new investment fund is for social enterprises and charities based in Devon.  Loans are tailored to an individual organisation’s needs, enabling you to bring ideas to fruition. The loans are available between £30,000 – £150,000.  They can be used for a wide variety of purpose, including but not limited to: •Working

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Success Story – Mapyx Limited

09 October 2017

“NO CATCH 22” SAYS MD ON HIS EXPERIENCE OF RECEIVING FUNDED BUSINESS SUPPORT An Exeter based company supplying the MOD, police and education sectors has realigned its business focus on the back of funded business advice offered through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Mapyx Limited, a Geographic Information Solutions (GIS) provider delivers

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