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

Forestry Commission

Sweet Chestnut Blight Alert

07 March 2017

The Forestry Commission have been sending out information to alert all about an outbreak of sweet chestnut blight in the South West and to notify everyone of four 5km zones that are subject to movement restrictions. Sweet chestnut blight is caused by a fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica, which gets into the trees through wounds or graft sites. Although

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Sign Up To Somerset Day!

24 February 2017

Passion for Somerset, the not for profit community interest organisation which champions Somerset is urging local businesses and communities to sign up to Somerset Day.  This day gives an opportunity to raise the profile of the county of Somerset and all it has to offer. Passion for Somerset’s work centres around ‘Somerset Day’ held on May

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Success Story – The Artisan Bride

10 February 2017

A seamstress with 25 years in the bridal industry is using her extensive experience to launch an online retail business, with support from Heart of the South West Growth Hub. Joanne Christoforides, based in Bridgwater, is a self-taught seamstress with decades of experience running wedding dress boutiques, as well as designing and creating bespoke gowns

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Frome Enterprise Support Day – 17th March and 21st April 2017

10 February 2017

March 17th and April 21st 2017 Eventure Frome with Enterprise Mendip and the Frome Chamber of Commerce will be offering free support for people in Frome and Mendip who are involved with a local business, social enterprise or start-up, and want to network, have a day away from the (home) office, reflect, and gain relevant skills

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BT SME Award, Securing the Nation – Call for Entries

09 February 2017

Could your ideas help secure our nation? Keeping our nation safe against an unprecedented number of security risks is arguably one of the biggest innovation challenges of our time. BT have teamed up with both the Cabinet Office and TechHub, to search for innovative small businesses that can make a real difference. BT SME Award 2017 –

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Open to Export – Action Plan Competition

07 February 2017

Own your plan. Win the prize. What is the Open to Export Action Plan Competition? Open to Export has now run 3 competitions around the Export Action Plan with plans to launch several more competitions for 2017. Entry is eligible to companies who submit their Export Action Plans and meet the competition criteria. The Export

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Mendip Business Awards 2017 now open to entries

06 February 2017

The third Mendip Business Awards opened to entries on Thursday 5 January, and seems set for success following the high standard of competition over the past two years.  The Mendip Business Awards recognise and celebrate the greatest achievements and successes of our 4,000 independent and vibrant businesses based in the district.   Winning an award

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LEP seeking your view on Construction Industry Brexit Impact

01 February 2017

The Heart of the South West LEP have set up a group to gather, in an evidence based way, the opportunities and risks of Brexit on businesses across Devon and Somerset.  The Brexit Resiliance and Opportunities Group (BROG)  are undertaking a range of activities to gather feedback, views and information. Evidence is being collated on major

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Plymouth Workspace Week – 6th – 10th February 2017

27 January 2017

Between the 6th and 10th February 2017 each business centre in Plymouth will be opening their doors to celebrate all that is flexible working in Plymouth. The five-day programme of events, workshops and discounts aims to support, promote and encourage businesses by highlighting the range of workspace options available in Plymouth. So get prepared to enjoy

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Manufacturing Matters

26 January 2017

Barometer offers firms the chance to have their say and ensure industry gets the support it deserves The Manufacturing Barometer is back for its third quarter of 2016/2017, giving you – the senior decision makers of smaller manufacturers – the perfect opportunity to have your say on current issues, opportunities and future challenges. As the

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