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

CITB: Construction Skills Fund

21 June 2018

A new Construction Skills Fund has been established to support the development of on-site training hubs for the construction industry. An on-site training hub is a physical facility which enables potential entrants to become site- and employment-ready. The hub would ideally be located within a large housing development or infrastructure project. The hubs will help

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Great British High Street Awards

20 June 2018

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, today launched the Great British High Street Awards. What is the Great British High Street Awards? Celebration of local achievements on high streets across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. For the first time there will be a High Streets Week –

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Creative Industries Federation Growth Survey

14 June 2018

Creative Industries Federation Growth Survey As part of the Federation’s activity across Entrepreneurship and Growth, they are undertaking a major piece of research on growth. The research will look at what growth really looks like in creative enterprises across the creative industries in the UK, and how we can better support this. The findings will

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Forward Enterprise Fund

08 June 2018

The Forward Enterprise Fund is £2m social investment fund that supports individuals, charities and social enterprises run by, or creating employment opportunities for, ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction. The fund is a partnership between Social Investment Business and The Forward Trust backed by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, Big Lottery Fund

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The Trade Horizons Roadshow – Exeter

01 June 2018

The Trade Horizons Roadshow – Exeter The Trade Horizons Roadshow is coming to Bristol, Exeter, Swindon and Cornwall in June and July to provide local businesses with the advice and tools needed to prepare for Brexit and to take advantage of future international sales opportunities. Attend the interactive Exeter leg of the roadshow to hear

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SSW | Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

23 May 2018

Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Devon and Somerset SMEs are invited to attend ‘Building Tomorrow’s Workforce’, an event on future sector trends and workforce solutions – Monday 11 June in Exeter Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service, a programme managed by Serco, invites small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the construction sector to attend ‘Building

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UPDATE: Trading Standards for businesses

14 May 2018

Appeal for Information About Loan Sharks in Devon: The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are appealing for information about loan sharks in Devon. The Team work in partnership with Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police to investigate and prosecute loan sharks. This appeal comes after the IMLT carried out

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Interreg | Funding Opportunities

09 May 2018

Funding opportunities with Interreg France (Channel) England (European funding) Focus of fund/fund aims: For international partnership projects between areas of southern England and northern France bordering the English Channel Application deadline: Open call system Fund description: Interreg provides EU funding for projects which encourage co-operation and sharing of good practice between European regions. The France (Channel)

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Spanish Language School preparing children for a globalised future

08 May 2018

LOCAL SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL IS PREPARING OUR CHILDREN FOR A GLOBALISED FUTURE THANKS TO HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST GROWTH HUB SUPPORT Andrés Ossa, owner of Spanish Amigos Plymouth – a Spanish language school with a twist, is thrilled after receiving business support for his franchise through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

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Supplier Sought | CRM for the Heart of the SW LEP

08 May 2018

Request for Quotation – CRM System for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (ref. 2018-Q-LEP CRM) We are seeking a supplier to identify, purchase, develop (where needed), implement, pilot and roll out a CRM system for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. The CRM system is required to: Better

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