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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HMRC and ASA launch new action to disrupt promoters of tax avoidance schemes

30 November 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have launched new action to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of tax avoidance schemes. The joint enforcement notice aims to disrupt the activity of promoters and protect people from being presented with misleading adverts which may tempt them into tax avoidance. It requires

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Capital Gains Tax changes that Self Assessment customers need to know about

25 November 2020

Time is running out for anyone who sold a second home during 2019-20 to declare it on their Self Assessment tax return. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers that they have until 31 January 2021 to declare any profit made from selling a UK residential property, which was not their main home, during

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Amazon Small Business Accelerator

25 November 2020

What is the campaign about? The Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a package of support to assist startups and SMEs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic lockdown. The package includes: • free e-learning (online training) for 200,000 new and existing businesses • intensive bootcamps for 1,000 offline businesses to start selling online quickly • 12

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PM’s Statement on the Government’s Winter Covid-19 Plan

25 November 2020

The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson gave a statement to the House of Commons on Monday 23 November 2020 outlining the Government’s winter Covid-19 plan. The COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out how national restrictions will be lifted in England on 2 December, with England moving back into a regional, tiered approach.   On 2 December, across all of England, regardless of tier:  the stay-at-home requirement

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Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG)

20 November 2020

The Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG) have been introduced by the Government to assist businesses who have been ordered to close in response to the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Across the South West, grants are now available to support businesses that have closed due to the national lockdown. Businesses are encouraged to contact their

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Forestry Commission | Improved Woodland Creation Planning Grant

20 November 2020

The Forestry Commission has launched improvements to the Woodland Creation Planning Grant. The Woodland Creation Planning Grant helps cover the costs of producing a UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) compliant woodland creation plan. This can support applications to other funding sources for woodland creation, such as the Woodland Carbon Fund, Countryside Stewardship. For more information visit our GOV.UK page

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Beware of phishing scams and copycat websites when doing your tax return

Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

18 November 2020

Self Assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The

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F Factor Competition for Tech Savvy Young Entrepreneurs Reopens

10 November 2020

The F Factor is a start-up competition designed to provide young, aspiring entrepreneurs with tools, skills-training and context to bring their ideas to life. It provides opportunities to collaborate with peers, interact with mentors and gain access to work experience. Through regional pitching events across the UK, the programme awards funding to exceptional ideas for

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Creative Catalyst for Carbon Cutting

04 November 2020

Are you a creative enterprise in the fields of design, arts, architecture, crafts, games, film, TV, radio, music, performance, photography, heritage, publishing, etc.? The creative industries is one of the key sectors supported by the Low Carbon Devon project. Low Carbon Devon provides an excellent opportunity for Devon to limit global warming by advocating change

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All Together: Support for business leaders and CEOs

29 October 2020

All Together provides pro bono business advice for CEOs from fellow CEOs. Initially created to help businesses survive, All Together now seeks to support CEOs as they continue to direct and make critical decisions about their businesses and organisations. All Together provides free and confidential advice and support to founders, CEOs and business owners of

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