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


08 April 2021

Devon businesses and residents are urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million.  SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses and other organisations to identify skills gaps in their existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient during this economic crisis and beyond,

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Launch of Natural Capital Demonstrator Loan Fund

25 March 2021

The Heart of the South West LEP is pleased to announce the launch of a £1m Natural Capital Demonstrator Loan Fund to assist with the establishment of income generating projects which help to protect and enhance our valuable assets.

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Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1 April

23 March 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers have just over a week to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the 2019 to 2020 financial year to avoid incurring penalty charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has urged. Last month, HMRC said that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot Seeks Farmers

17 March 2021

Defra is seeking farmers to express an interest in participating in the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot. Defra will start to pilot the Sustainable Farming Incentive this year with an initial group of several hundred farmers. Then, in March 2022, will start to roll out the scheme to recipients of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

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Small Business Finance Markets Report 2020/21

12 March 2021

Introducing the Small Business Finance Markets Report from the British Business Bank, bringing you the latest findings from our annual, in-depth analysis of smaller business access to finance in 2020/21.

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FSB shines light on female business success

08 March 2021

Female-focussed businesses from all across the South West came together to celebrate the passion and enthusiasm of women business owners and entrepreneurs in the region when Britain’s biggest business group staged its first regional ‘Women in Enterprise’ conference. Taking place in the same week as International Women’s Day, the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) hosted

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Response to the Budget from Heart of the South West LEP

04 March 2021

Headlines from the Heart of the South West LEP response to the budget.

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UKRI and Defra partner to launch £12m Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition

19 February 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have today announced their R&D collaboration for an exciting new funding opportunity, Farming Innovation Pathways. The competition will be delivered through UKRI’s ISCF Transforming Food Production challenge fund, aimed at developing new and existing farm-focused innovations. Farming Innovation Pathways will

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Apply to the Endangered Crafts Fund

05 February 2021

Deadlines: 26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021 Thanks to support from The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and the Sussex Heritage Trust, the Heritage Crafts Association is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

01 February 2021

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘open grant funding’ programme. UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Applications can come from any area of technology

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