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

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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Five Fact Fridays: 5 keyword researching tools

18 August 2017

“It all begins with words typed into a search box,” states Moz in their Beginners Guide to SEO. The world of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) can be the most rewarding and the most frustrating for a content editor or business owner who wants their website to rank higher. As the world of search evolves, so

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Apprenticeship Levy

11 August 2017

The apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6 April 2017, meaning some UK employers now need to calculate, report and pay a contribution towards the apprenticeship levy to HMRC, through the PAYE process, each month. This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual pay bills in excess of £3

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Five Fact Fridays: 5 Facts/Hacks About Google Analytics

10 August 2017

5 HACKS FOR USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS 1)  Ready made, tailored dashboards Not tech savvy and daunted by the task of setting up custom dashboards?  There are a wealth of ready-made custom dashboard templates that you can import straight into your GA account using their ‘Solutions Gallery.’ Customization –> Dashboards –> Import from Gallery From SEO dashboards,

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Success Story – ‘Look To Cook’ is creating a stir!

09 August 2017

A professional chef from Devon who helps businesses market their products through recipes and food photography is reaching a wider audience thanks to support from Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Lottie Francis, who founded Look to Cook, is now working across many sectors including food and drink to create recipes and eye-catching food

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Five Fact Fridays: Monitoring your online brand

04 August 2017

At the Heart of the South West Growth Hub, the topic of digital marketing and how to make a name for a business online is often posed to us. However, what is already being posted about an organisation is often overlooked and this can be business critical. The online reputation, brand message and the information that

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Teignbridge Business Survey

02 August 2017

Teignbridge District Council has launched its annual business survey.  If you are running a business in Teignbridge you are invited to complete the survey which is used to gauge how the local economy is faring.  It also helps the council to recognise the needs and wants of local business and enables them to prioritise their commitments. All information given will be

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Free webinars relating to different stages of starting and running a social enterprise

28 July 2017

A series of FREE webinars relating to different stages of starting and running a social enterprise   What is a webinar? – A web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web using video conferencing software. Click Here to book your place now

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NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards seeks entries

28 July 2017

The NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards are open for nominations.  The awards celebrate the achievements and success of social businesses making positive change happen throughout the UK across several categories including Leadership, Growth and Impact. For further information and to enter the awards, click here. &nbs

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Five Fact Fridays: The Top 5 Questions We’re Asked

28 July 2017

Our Online Business Advisery team gets asked all manner of business queries. Armed with information, comprehensive fact sheets and knowledge about regional and national support, mentoring, advice and grant opportunities; we can signpost businesses to the most appropriate support available. Using our comprehensive library of fact sheets, our Business Advisers have answered over 406 business questions! The top 5

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