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

The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive £150,000 equity investment funding

11 December 2017

Every month, The Start-Up Series competition searches for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to qualify for seed investments from a total of £3.6m equity investment funding… The UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition.  Winners will qualify for funding from a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fund created by Worth Capital which totals £3.6m.

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Business Matters: How your business can attract a skilled workforce

08 December 2017

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, principal and chief executive at Weston College Group, offers advice to employers on how to recruit a skilled workforce. We have all been in the situation in which we have struggled to recruit for a particular role. Now more than ever, particularly with the uncertainty of leaving the European Union, businesses

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Relocation support for local biz as they expand into new premises

05 December 2017

Rhino Play Limited A family-owned commercial playground company, supplying playground equipment and safety surfacing, has relocated into larger premises after being referred to business funding opportunities by the HotSW Growth Hub. Rhino Play Limited has grown exponentially since it started trading in Newton Abbot 5 years ago. The Company supplies playground solutions across the UK

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New Grants Added Today!

01 December 2017

We have updated our website with information about grants that are currently available to businesses within Devon, Plymouth Somerset & Torbay. Click the link to view them the Funding and Grant opportunities that we are aware of: https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/start-grow-business/funding-grants/

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New toolkit for local finance partnerships

07 November 2017

Responsible Finance has launched a new toolkit to support local finance organisations to set up and run finance partnerships. ‘Creating Local Finance Partnerships: A Toolkit’ outlines the benefits and drawbacks of local finance partnerships and provides guidance about how to set up, structure and manage a partnership. The toolkit was developed after research by Responsible

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Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018

06 November 2017

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 Social ventures and ethical businesses often rely on subsidy grants and a lot of good will. Competition for grants, donations and resources is steadily increasing. Against this background, and building on the success of the 2014-2017 programmes, the Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 will provide a tailor-made programme for social venture leaders

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Plymouth Business Wins Prestigious Ebay Award

03 November 2017

HANNAH’S GAMES Plymouth Games Manufacturer Wins Ebay Award After Receiving Funded Business Support. Hannah Daragon, MD of Hannah’s Games, makes and sells card games for parties. Starting her business creating hen party games, her business has expanded to include a game for almost any party genre, with a selection of quirky games suited to either

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2017 Plymouth Festival of Social Enterprise | 6th – 18th November 2017

02 November 2017

Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’.  It has one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university. There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide

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Helm Squared | Southwest Digital Awards

30 October 2017

The South West is a region buzzing with innovation, start-ups and talent but is too often overlooked in favour of London and other large areas. From Bristol-based companies selling their products internationally to young developers working out of their bedroom in Cornwall, the awards will be a chance to highlight, reward and encourage digital innovation

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Family Business of the Year Awards 2018

30 October 2017

Family Business of the Year Awards 2018 The Family Business of the Year Awards 2018 seek to recognise the best family firms across the UK. Family Business United (FBU) have created a regional structure to the awards, industry sector awards and an overall winner who will be crowned Family Business of the Year 2018 at an awards

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