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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FSB shines light on female business success

08 March 2021

Female-focussed businesses from all across the South West came together to celebrate the passion and enthusiasm of women business owners and entrepreneurs in the region when Britain’s biggest business group staged its first regional ‘Women in Enterprise’ conference. Taking place in the same week as International Women’s Day, the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) hosted

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Response to the Budget from Heart of the South West LEP

04 March 2021

Headlines from the Heart of the South West LEP response to the budget.

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UKRI and Defra partner to launch £12m Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition

19 February 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have today announced their R&D collaboration for an exciting new funding opportunity, Farming Innovation Pathways. The competition will be delivered through UKRI’s ISCF Transforming Food Production challenge fund, aimed at developing new and existing farm-focused innovations. Farming Innovation Pathways will

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Apply to the Endangered Crafts Fund

05 February 2021

Deadlines: 26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021 Thanks to support from The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and the Sussex Heritage Trust, the Heritage Crafts Association is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Applications

04 February 2021

Barclays is providing £100,000 through their 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme announced last April to support 100 UK charities with £100,000 each to continue their work. The Prince’s Countryside Fund is one of the 100 recipients. Applications to the current round will be accepted from settlements with up to 3,000 residents and properly constituted,

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

01 February 2021

The Innovate UK Smart Grants are an opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. Eligibility To lead a project, your organisation must: be a UK registered business of any

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Fascinating facts about Self Assessment

19 January 2021

Did you know almost 100,000 people filed their tax returns on 6 April 2020, which is the first day of the tax year? With the 31 January deadline fast approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) shares some little-known facts about Self Assessment tax returns. The April ‘early birds’ are not the only ones to make

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An Hour to Skill

11 January 2021

The ‘An Hour to Skill’ campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

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Devon Start Up Programme for Social Entrepreneurs

11 January 2021

A new, free support programme has been launched in Devon to help those who are unemployed or at risk of losing their jobs and considering starting their own social enterprise. Devon County Council and The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington are working together on the Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme which aims to provide

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Listening Ear launches for Devon business owners

06 January 2021

Are you feeling the pressure of trying to run a business during a pandemic? Listening Ear is a new pilot programme that’s here to help… Running a business is stressful at the best of times. Running a business during a pandemic is even harder. Listening Ear is a new service for Devon businesses that offers

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