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

British Business Bank

British Business Bank – Business Angels Market Report 2020

09 October 2020

The British Business Bank published its second Business Angels Market Report 2020 on 8 October 2020. The British Business Bank’s UK Business Angels Market Report 2020 reveals that angel investors across the UK are continuing to invest in early stage businesses and are optimistic about the future despite current economic uncertainty. 57% of business angels

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Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 3

07 October 2020

Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants has opened today and is available to all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable. The Scheme provides funding for projects in England that improve productivity, produce jobs and improve the rural economy around farming and forestry sectors. Round 3 of the Scheme reopens from the 7

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HM revenue and customs

Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

02 October 2020

Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from today (1 October), without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The online payment plan service can already be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to

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HotSW LEP Seeks Four Non-Executive Board Directors

02 October 2020

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP is currently recruiting four Non-Executive Directors for the HotSW LEP Board to help steer the LEP’s strategies and strengthen the LEP’s role as the main thought-leader influencing economic development in the HotSW area, and deliver the area’s Recovery Plan. The LEP is encouraging business leaders in the

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The Young Entrepreneurs Challenge

Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2020

01 October 2020

Now in its 3rd year, the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge offers aspiring young businesspeople £10,000 and a mentor to help get their enterprise started. Supported by Unloc and Verizon, the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge is a pan-European online entrepreneurship competition looking for people aged 16-25 with fresh, new and innovative technology-led business ideas. The winner will receive

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Support service for Northern Ireland trade goes live

01 October 2020

The new Trader Support Service (TSS) is now live for business, providing education and guidance for traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, including between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of traders will start to receive emails and letters from today, with details on the launch of the TSS and its

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New partnership with Be the Business to help fuel economic recovery

25 September 2020

New partnership with Be the Business to help fuel economic recovery Be the Business, the Heart of the South West LEP, TDA and Destination Management Organisations across Devon and Somerset announce a new partnership to support hospitality and tourism leaders in rebuilding their business post-lockdown. Be the Business is a government supported, business-led, non-profit organisation

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Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

25 September 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined additional government support in his Winter Economy Plan.

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Kickstart Grant Scheme – reopening for tourism sector applications

16 September 2020

Update: The application window for the Kickstart Grant Scheme closed on 22 September at 6pm.

The Growth Support Kickstart Team is delighted to announce that businesses operating in the tourism sector are invited to apply for the second round of the Kickstart Grant Scheme when the application window reopens at midday on Monday (21 September).

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme – Applications now Open

14 September 2020

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme is now open and taking applications for its 14th cohort and will be starting in early 2021. The 10,000 Small Businesses programme aims to help entrepreneurs create jobs and drive the economy forward. Through the programme, participants will be able to identity and enact strategies to scale

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