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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Exeter Velocities – grant funding and support

13 December 2017

Are you a start-up or developing business with ideas for urban transport, mobility or energy initiatives in Exeter? Exeter Velocities is a start-up accelerator offering support and funding for entrepreneurs with ideas to improve mobility and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It does this through three programmes that focus on supporting the development of a start-up

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Simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme announced

12 December 2017

From 2/01/2018, four new Countryside Stewardship offers will be open to applications to help farmers and landowners protect farmland and boost diversity. The new offers cover: Online Arable Offer Lowland Grazing Offer Upland Offer Mixed Farming Offer The application process has also been simplified and Natural England will publish a handbook in January 2018 to

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Research highlights ways to streamline local authority funding

11 December 2017

The way funding for local authorities in England is assessed could be simpler, fairer and more transparent, according to communities and local government committee-commissioned research… Read more: http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2017/12/research-highlights-ways-streamline-local-authority-funding

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VAT on electronic commerce: New rules adopted

11 December 2017

On 5 December 2017, the Council adopted new rules making it easier for online businesses to comply with VAT obligations. For start-ups and SMEs, the new rules introduce an important simplification. Below €10 000 in yearly cross-border online sales, a business will be able to continue applying VAT rules used in its home country. Learn more online,

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The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive £150,000 equity investment funding

11 December 2017

Every month, The Start-Up Series competition searches for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to qualify for seed investments from a total of £3.6m equity investment funding… The UK’s largest ever seed funding search competition.  Winners will qualify for funding from a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fund created by Worth Capital which totals £3.6m.

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Business Matters: How your business can attract a skilled workforce

08 December 2017

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, principal and chief executive at Weston College Group, offers advice to employers on how to recruit a skilled workforce. We have all been in the situation in which we have struggled to recruit for a particular role. Now more than ever, particularly with the uncertainty of leaving the European Union, businesses

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Relocation support for local biz as they expand into new premises

05 December 2017

Rhino Play Limited A family-owned commercial playground company, supplying playground equipment and safety surfacing, has relocated into larger premises after being referred to business funding opportunities by the HotSW Growth Hub. Rhino Play Limited has grown exponentially since it started trading in Newton Abbot 5 years ago. The Company supplies playground solutions across the UK

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New Grants Added Today!

01 December 2017

We have updated our website with information about grants that are currently available to businesses within Devon, Plymouth Somerset & Torbay. Click the link to view them the Funding and Grant opportunities that we are aware of: https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/start-grow-business/funding-grants/

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New toolkit for local finance partnerships

07 November 2017

Responsible Finance has launched a new toolkit to support local finance organisations to set up and run finance partnerships. ‘Creating Local Finance Partnerships: A Toolkit’ outlines the benefits and drawbacks of local finance partnerships and provides guidance about how to set up, structure and manage a partnership. The toolkit was developed after research by Responsible

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Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018

06 November 2017

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 Social ventures and ethical businesses often rely on subsidy grants and a lot of good will. Competition for grants, donations and resources is steadily increasing. Against this background, and building on the success of the 2014-2017 programmes, the Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 will provide a tailor-made programme for social venture leaders

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