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

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Appointing an EU Representative for Data Protection – a reminder for UK businesses

28 May 2021

It hit the news recently that the Dutch data protection authority issued a fine of €525,000 against Locatefamily.com for failing to appoint an EU representative for data protection purposes. In this article, Kathryn Heath from Stephens Scown explores the decision, looks at what an EU representative is and why you might need to appoint one for your organisation.

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Defra lump sum exit scheme and delinked payments for farmers

21 May 2021

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently published news of the lump sum exit scheme and delinked payments consultation, which will run for 12 weeks and will close on 11 August 2021. The consultation invites you to submit views on: • the proposed lump sum exit scheme • our proposed approach

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One month left to join VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

20 May 2021

Businesses that deferred VAT payments last year have one month left to join online to pay in monthly instalments under the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said today. The online portal for the new payment scheme closes on 21 June 2021. Over half a million businesses deferred £34 billion in VAT

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Rules of Origin webinar available for South West businesses

20 May 2021

As lockdown ends and businesses start to reopen, traders in the South West are being encouraged to watch HMRC’s new webinar on Rules of Origin. This webinar will help traders ensure they’re taking advantage of the preferential tariff rates available to them since 1 January, for goods they trade with the EU. HM Revenue and Customs

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ICAEW Business Confidence Report Launched Today

20 May 2021

Today we are launching our Q2 ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor™ (BCM). The latest results show that business confidence has hit its highest level since a survey began in 2004. The findings come after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the UK economy had contracted by 1.5% in the first three months of 2021, but gathered speed in March as lockdown restrictions were eased.

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Launch of Devon and Cornwall Wide Swimming Pool Safety Webinar and Guide

18 May 2021

Following on from a highly successful practical training program for pool operators, Devon, and Cornwall Councils in conjunction with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), are delighted to launch phase two of this initiative. A new online resource will be made available from Thursday the 13th May 2021. This will include a

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Next Round of Innovation UK Loans Open for Applications

18 May 2021

Innovate UK is offering up to £20 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

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South West Businesses Celebrate Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Wins

30 April 2021

Congratulations to the businesses in the Heart of the South West who were amongst the 205 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners from throughout the United Kingdom.

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Customers reminded to look out for their tax credits renewals packs

28 April 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is sending out about 2.5 million annual renewals packs to tax credits customers from this week. Customers should check their details in the renewal pack and report any change in circumstances to HMRC. The packs will be sent out over the next six weeks and all customers should receive theirs

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Shazam co-founder to deliver keynote at flagship South West tech conference

21 April 2021

Organisers of SW Innovation Expo today announced Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Shazam and experienced investor in tech start-ups, as the keynote speaker of the region’s flagship technology and business event. SW Innovation Expo will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 14th October 2021 bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and investors for panel discussions, an interactive

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