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

Could Business Mentoring Help You?

05 September 2017

Using a business mentor can be a great way to access friendly, unbiased support, guidance and gain an outside perspective on your business. Mentors act as a ‘sounding board’ for a business and, through transfer of their knowledge, skills and experience can help a business to reach its full potential. Free of charge mentoring schemes

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#FridayFive | 5 Networking Event Essentials

01 September 2017

Five Networking Event Essentials 1:  IDENTIFY & RESEARCH SOME TARGETS It’s not possible to meet 25 people over a 30-minute coffee. Ask for the delegate list prior to an event so you have foresight of who is in attendance. If this isn’t possible, arrive at the event a few minutes early so you can make

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Launch of Bridgwater’s Breakfast Club #BWBC

01 September 2017

New Bridgwater Networking Breakfast Club Announced to launch this Autumn Red Berry Recruitment, Sedgemoor FM, Bridgwater YMCA and New Leaf Life Design have jointly collaborated to create a new Bridgwater Breakfast Club for local SMEs, to be launched on 18th October 2017. In 2013, there were 4,460 businesses within Sedgemoor, of which 4,000 were classified

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5 things to consider when taking on your first employee

25 August 2017

There are some telltale signs that your business requires extra support or resource. This support can take many forms, depending on requirement . An often overlooked option is to increase labour resource. What are the signs that you are stretched and it may be time to consider growing your workforce? A small business owner wears

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Launch of Exeter Women in Business

24 August 2017

Following the success of Plymouth Women in Business, the network is launching next month in Exeter as Exeter Women in Business. Run by Clare Geraghty (Premier Market Development Manager, Barclays) and Alexis Bowater (former ITV news anchor) the group is a free, form-free network for women in business, professional services, thinking of starting out in a new

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New guidance on post-Brexit intellectual property law

22 August 2017

The Intellectual Property Office has published a new guide explaining how intellectual property law will apply in the UK after it leaves the EU. In particular, the guidance clarifies that UK systems for protecting trade marks, unregistered and registered designs and patents will not be affected by Brexit. It also confirms that while the UK

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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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