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

Devon Companies to take the Fast Track to Growth

08 December 2016

Successful business programme Fast Track to Growth is returning for its second year, offering companies from across Devon the chance to benefit from free support to help them grow. Backed for the first time by Devon County Council, the annual programme provides a wide range of advice and support for companies intent on growth, including

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New Website Supporting Businesses To Export

29 November 2016

The Department for International Trade has launched a new digital platform to support businesses to break into international markets and exploit opportunities for their goods and services.  The launch of the GREAT.gov.uk trade hub for businesses gives practical advice and signposts to support. The GREAT.gov.uk web platform will: give UK businesses secure preferential deals through

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Exmoor National Park Authority

Your views on a new Exmoor Work Hub

25 November 2016

Exmoor National Park Authority are seeking views from local people and businesses on their proposal for a new Exmoor Work Hub.  The proposal is for the work hub to be based at Wheddon Cross on Exmoor and to provide workspace and hot desks for local businesses.  There would also be meeting rooms and training facilities

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Join more than 100 businesses already benefitting from our free 1 to 1 advisory sessions

24 November 2016

Our Growth Support Service has proved very popular with Devon and Somerset businesses since its launch in August. The service offers your business a fully funded one to one advice session with an expert adviser, providing you with an opportunity to talk about your ambitions and focus on key areas to help you to achieve them. Following the 1 to

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Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Calls for Applicants

09 November 2016

The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund is a competitive funding scheme to support the development of technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage. The objective of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) is to support, through capital grants, the development and demonstration of innovative technologies and/or processes in the areas of energy efficiency, power

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British Business Bank

New Alternative Finance Matchmaking Service Launched

07 November 2016

Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks will be matched with alternative finance options, under a new government scheme. Nine of the UK’s largest banks will pass on the details of small businesses they have rejected for finance to three finance platforms – Funding Xchange, Business Finance Compared and Funding Options. These finance

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UFI Charitable Trust

#ManufacturingSkillsFund Open for Applications

24 October 2016

The #ManufacturingSkillsFund is open for applications 26 October 2016 – 14 December 2016 (9am). The UFI Charitable Trust are looking for projects which will help deliver the Trust’s vision of accelerating the number of people in the UK who are accessing learning and gaining vocational skills. The skills shortages in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector are widely

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Social Enterprise Investment Fund – Plymouth City Council

17 October 2016

Plymouth City Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing rank of organisations who have received capital investment to turn ideas into businesses that help the people of Plymouth. The funding, worth £2.5 million over four years, will offer organisations

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Enterprise Mendip – Free Business Training

17 October 2016

Enterprise Mendip will soon be hosting various Business Development workshops.  These will comprise a series for established businesses looking to grow and a different series for start-up businesses in the early stages.  To register your interest in attending a workshop, you can complete this survey.  The workshops will be free to Mendip based businesses.

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Success Story – Sweet Cumin

06 October 2016

An award-winning cook and Indian food producer is exploring how to take her business national with Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Bini Ludlow runs Sweet Cumin, a cookery school that teaches Indian and traditional Gujarati cooking, having been taught by her mother at aged eight how to use spices and the best ingredients.

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