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

#FridayFive: 5 Facts For Franchisees

08 September 2017

A recent Natwest Franchise Industry Survey found that the contribution of franchising to the UK economy is now reckoned to be £15.1 billion, with the number of franchisee-owned businesses having grown by 14% in the last two years to 44,200. Similar to this upwards trajectory, one-third of the sector is now employing 10 or more

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Scale Up Institute Survey – Your views are welcome!

05 September 2017

The ScaleUp Institute works to make the UK the best place in the world for a business to scale up and grow.  They want to help you to overcome the barriers that may be stopping your business from achieving even greater growth.  To do this they want to understand what has been important to your growth journey

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Could Business Mentoring Help You?

05 September 2017

Using a business mentor can be a great way to access friendly, unbiased support, guidance and gain an outside perspective on your business. Mentors act as a ‘sounding board’ for a business and, through transfer of their knowledge, skills and experience can help a business to reach its full potential. Free of charge mentoring schemes

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#FridayFive | 5 Networking Event Essentials

01 September 2017

Five Networking Event Essentials 1:  IDENTIFY & RESEARCH SOME TARGETS It’s not possible to meet 25 people over a 30 minute coffee. Ask for the delegate list prior to an event so you have foresight of who is in attendance. If this isn’t possible, arrive at the event a few minutes early so you can

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Like Minds | Business Breakfast (8 & 24 September)

01 September 2017

8 SEPTEMBER Come and meet Jonathan Slobom, Marketing Strategist, Peppered Moth Marketing. Like Minds are delighted to announce the 2017 series of Like Minds Business Breakfasts, powered by Barclays & Astley Media at Dean Clarke House, Exeter. The next Business Breakfast event is with Jonathan Slobom, Marketing Strategist, Peppered Moth Marketing. Doors open at 8.00 for an 8.30 start, the event finishes at 9.30am. Book Tickets for

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Launch of Bridgwater’s Breakfast Club #BWBC

01 September 2017

New Bridgwater Networking Breakfast Club Announced to launch this Autumn Red Berry Recruitment, Sedgemoor FM, Bridgwater YMCA and New Leaf Life Design have jointly collaborated to create a new Bridgwater Breakfast Club for local SMEs, to be launched on 18th October 2017. In 2013, there were 4,460 businesses within Sedgemoor, of which 4,000 were classified

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5 things to consider when taking on your first employee

25 August 2017

There are some tell-tale signs that your business requires extra support or resource. Dependant on requirement, this support can take many forms. An often overlooked option is to increase labour resource. What are the signs that you are stretched and it may be time to consider growing your workforce? A small business owner wears (too)

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Launch of Exeter Women in Business

24 August 2017

Following the success of Plymouth Women in Business, the network is launching next month in Exeter as Exeter Women in Business. Run by Clare Geraghty (Premier Market Development Manager, Barclays) and Alexis Bowater (former ITV news anchor) the group is a free, form-free network for women in business, professional services, thinking of starting out in a new

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New guidance on post-Brexit intellectual property law

22 August 2017

The Intellectual Property Office has published a new guide explaining how intellectual property law will apply in the UK after it leaves the EU. In particular, the guidance clarifies that UK systems for protecting trade marks, unregistered and registered designs and patents will not be affected by Brexit. It also confirms that while the UK

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Brexit – what does it mean for business in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset & Torbay?

20 August 2017

An online survey to gather evidence about the impact of Brexit is being promoted by the Heart of the South West LEP and local authority partners in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. The findings will be used in the Heart of the South West Productivity Plan to devise a strategy to increase prosperity by raising

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