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

Farm Safety Week

Growth Hub backs call for farmers to rethink risk

19 July 2021

The Growth Hub is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (19-23 July) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation encouraging the farming community to rethink risk so we can finally start to reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending incidents happening on UK and Ireland’s farms. Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety

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Cath Wyatt of Wyatt First Aid

Growth Hub Case Study: Wyatt First Aid

13 July 2021

After many years working in healthcare Cath Wyatt took the plunge and opened her own first aid training business in 2019, six-months before the Covid pandemic hit. With the help of the Growth Hub, she has been able to move her business forward and has received support with expert advice throughout. Wyatt First Aid was

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HM revenue and customs

National Minimum Wage rate reminder for summer staff

09 July 2021

Students and seasonal staff working in the South West are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to check that they are being paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled to be paid the NMW. This includes temporary seasonal staff, who often work short-term contracts in bars, hotels, shops and

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Devon County Council

Devon launches Natural Capital Fund

08 July 2021

A new Natural Capital Challenge Fund has been launched by Devon County Council to help the Devon economy to build back better and encourage the green sector in the county. This is the latest initiative brought forward by the County Council as part of its overall economic recovery programme, supporting the response set out in

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Export Academy – new dates running until end of September

22 June 2021

The Export Academy is running new dates until the end of September. The Export Academy from the Department for International Trade is a series of events that will help you grow your business by showing you how to sell to new customers around the world. Taking part is free, and you’ll learn directly from experts in international

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British Business Bank

Small Business Equity Tracker 2021

16 June 2021

The British Business Bank have launched their 2021 Small Business Equity Tracker report. The report provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses. Equity investment in the UK’s smaller businesses increased by 9% in 2020 to £8.8bn, the highest amount since the Beauhurst data series began in 2011.

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Apply now for the England Woodland Creation Offer scheme

10 June 2021

We have launched the England Woodland Creation Offer scheme (EWCO) providing greater flexibility and recognition of the benefits woodland can provide for people and wildlife by offering additional incentives to ensure the right tree is planted in the right place for the right reason.

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Business Readiness Quiz for Entrepreneurs in the South West

08 June 2021

A new interactive diagnostic quiz from Sage, the business cloud accounting provider, generates a personalised ‘readiness rating’ for entrepreneurs and future founders, coupled with curated expert advice, inspiration and free resources targeting the ‘gaps’ in their knowledge across three core areas: finance, admin and mindset. The quiz was designed to help budding entrepreneurs, after research

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Young Innovators Awards 2021-22

07 June 2021

Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality, which includes a grant for £5,000, a living allowance, and tailored business support.

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Barclays Eagle Labs | Unlocking Growth: Going Global – insights to help startups and scaleups take on the world

01 June 2021

Our new report Unlocking Growth: Going Global takes a deep dive into the opportunities, challenges and support available to businesses looking to break onto the global stage. Across the report we find out what is driving the global economy, how to identify the right time to take on the world and discuss the importance of double-checking your assumptions before taking the plunge.

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