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

Success Story – Quelque Chose Ltd

26 September 2016

A fashion entrepreneur is set to launch an innovative way of buying personalised clothing to a national and international market, with the help of Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Mark, who runs Quelque Chose Ltd based in Devon, has worked in the design and manufacturing end of the fashion industry for 20 years,

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The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

20 September 2016

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is being delivered by WRAP on behalf of Defra and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). The Fund aims to: Support rural communities – by helping them to maximise the income generating potential of renewable energy and put this to work locally. Make progress against the Government’s

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The Devon Environmental Awards 2016 run by Debi Launched

13 September 2016

Devon’s greenest awards are now open for entry The awards are open to any organisation of any size in the Devon region, and encompass business, the public sector, community and education. All entrants need to do is show how their organisation is committed to operating in environmentally friendly ways, whether through day to day operations

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Iridescent Ideas CIC – Forerunner Prize

07 September 2016

What is the Forerunner Prize? The Forerunner Prize provides an opportunity for anyone to develop a tech-led business idea that has a good cause (i.e. social enterprise). The idea will solve problems and make a positive impact in the world. The focus in 2016 is on any of the following areas: •Bio, health and medical technology

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Celebrating Enterprise Award 2016

28 July 2016

Celebrating Enterprise is an annual event celebrating those that are excelling in enterprise learning and skills and brings together key players from the enterprise skills sector in the UK.

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Great British Export Entrepreneur Awards 2016

28 July 2016

The Great British Export Entrepreneur Awards have been launched to support and celebrate businesses for their excellence in selling goods and services overseas. A national awards initiative that will celebrate and champion entrepreneurs who have achieved significant Export, Entrepreneur, International Trade, Referendum, Brexitgrowth through international expansion, these awards will recognise the hard work, pioneering spirit

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Gov.uk – Businesses rate appeals reform set to streamline the system

28 July 2016

Businesses will benefit from a quicker and more efficient service when checking and challenging their business rates bills. •a new simple online service will allow customers to provide information and track progress of their check or challenge •new tailored package to support small businesses •weed out speculative appeals Businesses will benefit from a quicker and

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Gov.uk – Consumer interests at heart of Digital Economy Bill

28 July 2016

Government has introduced the Digital Economy Bill to Parliament, as part of its ambition for the UK to be the most digital nation in the world •Everyone to have the right to fast broadband •Automatic compensation for consumers when telecoms suppliers don’t deliver as promised •Tougher penalties for nuisance callers The Bill will: enable the

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Venturefest South West 2016

27 July 2016

Call for tech entrepreneurs, innovators and investors as first Venturefest South West launches Venturefest South West, 18th October 2016, Sandy Park, Exeter A flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector has been announced for the region. Venturefest South West will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 18th October and will

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Innovate UK – Innovation grants for business

27 July 2016

Innovation: apply for a funding award Guidance for business and academic organisations on how to get funding to test ideas and develop innovative products and services. Overview If you want to develop an innovative product or service, you may be able to apply for funding of between £25,000 and £10 million. Innovate UK runs funding

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