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

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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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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