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

Plymouth Business Wins Prestigious Ebay Award

03 November 2017

HANNAH’S GAMES Plymouth Games Manufacturer Wins Ebay Award After Receiving Funded Business Support. Hannah Daragon, MD of Hannah’s Games, makes and sells card games for parties. Starting her business creating hen party games, her business has expanded to include a game for almost any party genre, with a selection of quirky games suited to either

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2017 Plymouth Festival of Social Enterprise | 6th – 18th November 2017

02 November 2017

Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’.  It has one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university. There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide

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Helm Squared | Southwest Digital Awards

30 October 2017

The South West is a region buzzing with innovation, start-ups and talent but is too often overlooked in favour of London and other large areas. From Bristol-based companies selling their products internationally to young developers working out of their bedroom in Cornwall, the awards will be a chance to highlight, reward and encourage digital innovation

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New Round of Funding Launched for Social Enterprises in Plymouth

27 October 2017

Plymouth City Council has launched another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund. Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £300,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish.  The funding, worth £2.5 million over four years, will offer organisations and businesses a mixture of

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Inspiring Futures with Plymouth University | Free business support

26 October 2017

Inspiring Futures with Plymouth University –  Free business support from Plymouth Business School students Plymouth Business School is seeking to engage with businesses who would like to benefit from free business advice from a team of students who can investigate a real business issue for them. In today’s globalised world, more students are going to

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New GDPR Helpline for Small and Micro Businesses

24 October 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office will launch a new helpline on 1st November 2017 to help small businesses prepare for new data protection laws which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The phone service will add to a package of tools and resources already available through ICO to help

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PLUSS – Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme

23 October 2017

Pluss is delighted to announce that they have secured four Big Lottery Fund grants to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme across South West England and West Yorkshire. Building Better Opportunities is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The new programmes, to be known locally as ‘Positive

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Calling all Manufacturers – Have your say in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey!

23 October 2017

Manufacturing Barometer Survey : Where in the business would you most like to see productivity improve by the year 2020 – Quality, Cost or Delivery Performance? The Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey conducted by the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), which maps confidence, trends and opinions within the manufacturing sector.  The findings, collated

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Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme (ERDF)

20 October 2017

The Innovation in Healthy Ageing Project is a European Regional Development part funded programme. As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The programme will respond to a number of challenges and opportunities around the impact of ageing populations, changing lifestyle choices and the rise in chronic conditions, which place pressure

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Friday Five – 5 key areas to include in your growth plan

20 October 2017

Friday Five – Your Business Growth Plan According to The Times, “A business growth plan for an established enterprise has a dual focus: the strategic development of the business itself, which sits alongside an operational review of the competencies and capabilities of the entrepreneur and the management team.” Although referring to established organisations, we would

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