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

£16 million funding boost to support thousands more customs experts

09 September 2019

Thousands of customs experts will be trained and businesses supported for trading post-Brexit with thanks to £16 million in new government funding launching today. This new government funding is now available to help businesses train staff in making customs declarations, and to help businesses who support others to trade goods to invest in IT. This

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Gov.UK

5G Rural Connected Communities.

09 September 2019

Grants up to £5million to test ground-breaking 5G applications in rural areas, alongside proposed planning reforms to improve and extend mobile coverage. Application deadline: 25th October 2019. the 5G Rural Connected Communities Project is a UK-wide competition, designed to ignite a tech revolution in countryside communities and help rural areas seize the opportunities of 5G

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Gov.UK

Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund

09 September 2019

Grant for recruitment and training to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s cyber security sector. Application deadline: 27th September 2019 Training providers, charities and a range of other organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £100,00 to work with employers to increase the diversity and numbers of

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Hendy Foundation

09 September 2019

Small grants for charitable projects and activities that support local communities in areas where Hendy Group car dealerships operate. Charities and community organisations in Devon could be eligible for a small grant from the Hendy Foundation which has been set up this year to support local communities in the areas where Hendy Group car dealerships

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HM revenue and customs

Changes to VAT rules on Construction services from 1 October 2019.

03 September 2019

The VAT rules on construction services are changing from 1 October 2019 for contractors and sub-contractors. A VAT reverse charge is being introduced, which means that VAT will need to be handled and paid in a different way. The new rules mean that the contractor (customer) will have to pay the VAT due instead of

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Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations

02 September 2019

Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations – GOV.UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom today unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019. Published 29 August 2019 From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and

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South West Creative Technology | Invitation call

28 August 2019

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is offering three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data.The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the

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HM revenue and customs

HMRC Allocates EORI Numbers to All Possible Traders.

21 August 2019

As many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an EORI (Economic Operator Registration & Identification) number to enable them to trade smoothly one the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to

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Cycle September – The Global Bike Challenge is Coming!

21 August 2019

Join Love to Ride Devon for Cycle September and compete against other workplaces in Devon, the UK and even the rest of the world to see which one can get the most people cycling! Ride anywhere, anytime during September and encourage others to do the same to earn points. The more points you earn, the

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Industry Strategy Challenge Fund | Manufacturing Made Smarter.

13 August 2019

Grants to support innovation and deployment of Industrial Digital Technologies across industry sectors through cross-sector collaboration and learning. Application deadline is 28th August 2019. With funding from the Industry Strategy challenge Fund, the Manufacturing Made Smarter programme will invest up to £30 million in projects that use industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity

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