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

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Cyber-protection warning ahead of GDPR

04 May 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stated that businesses and charities must ensure that they are protected from cyberattacks before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. This follows the publication of their ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018’, which revealed that around 42% of small

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SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey

02 May 2018

SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer Quarterly Survey SWMAS want to hear the views and opinions of senior leaders to map the confidence; trends and opinions of the Sector.  This quarter, with global trade very much in the news, SWMAS are looking at export intentions and what businesses need to do if they want to grow through increasing export

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HotSW LEP’s new CEX announced

01 May 2018

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce its new chief executive, David Ralph, who will be starting on 4 June, taking over from the outgoing Chief Executive, Chris Garcia, who is retiring after leading the LEP for the last five years. David brings high calibre expertise to this role,

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New Productivity Strategy for the HotSW LEP Area

30 April 2018

Representatives from 23 organisations across Devon and Somerset agreed steps to drive up productivity at the first meeting of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Joint Committee on Friday 23 March. The inaugural meeting of the Joint Committee unanimously endorsed the Productivity Strategy that has been taking shape over the last two years and

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NEW, dedicated GDPR advice helpline for small organisations

24 April 2018

The ICO has set-up a dedicated advice helpline for smaller businesses and charities as they work towards GDPR compliance by 25 May 2018. The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities. To access the new service dial the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 and select option 4 to be diverted to staff who can offer support.

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Arable farmers and young most likely to use business tools

16 April 2018

More farmers are preparing detailed budgets and turning to tools like benchmarking to help run their farms, according to a government survey. The most common tool listed by those surveyed was generating and making use of an informal business plan. [Read the full article here] See the farmers who have made the most out of

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Alternative funding to the traditional bank loan

09 April 2018

UK small businesses are struggling to get access to bank funding, according to reports in Financial Times on Friday (March 30). The small business group SME Alliance highlighted to the House of Commons the on-going challenges that small firms face when seeking bank loans where “Traditional banks remain reluctant to lend to small firms, the group said,

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Creative Industries Sector Deal launched

06 April 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: More than £150 million will be jointly invested by government and industry to help the country’s world-leading cultural and creative businesses thrive as part of landmark Sector Deal Britain’s creative industries are worth £92 billion, employ 2 million people and are growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy New Cultural Development

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Devon and Somerset small businesses urged to take advantage of free training before the July 2018 deadline

05 April 2018

Small and medium sized enterprises across Devon and Somerset are being urged to take advantage of fully funded skills training for their workforce before the deadline to utilise the funds in July 2018. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills &

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HSE | Getting help with manual handling risks in your business

04 April 2018

“Research has shown that general training in lifting techniques is an ineffective way of controlling the risks of manual handling in businesses. By getting help to change the way you work, you can reduce manual handling risks and avoid paying for ineffective or unnecessary training.” HSE] The HSE have released guidance for organisations who would

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