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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Innovate UK: Innovation Loans

06 July 2018

Innovate UK is running a pilot programme of loan competitions over 2 years to the end of 2019. A total of up to £50 million is available for business innovation projects. They are working to broaden the range of innovation finance support available to businesses, so they can access funding at all stages of innovation.

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Innovate UK | Global Business Accelerator Programme IoT Tech Visit

06 July 2018

Global Business Accelerator Programme IoT Tech Visit Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to South Korea for businesses focused on developing IOT technologies. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend the IOT Korea Exhibition and International Conference 2018, visit centres of excellence and

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Gigabit Voucher Scheme

06 July 2018

Gigabit Voucher Scheme Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit vouchers can be

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Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announces a Sector Deal with the nuclear sector

02 July 2018

New deal with industry to secure UK civil nuclear future and drive down cost of energy for customers An ambitious deal with the nuclear sector to ensure that nuclear energy continues to power the UK for years to come through major innovation, cutting-edge technology and ensuring a diverse and highly-skilled workforce, was announced today (28

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Small Business Commissioner

02 July 2018

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is a non-departmental public body, which is operationally independent of Government and a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The role of Small Business Commissioner was established under the Enterprise Act 2016 as part of a package of measures to tackle the late and unfair

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Interreg VA France: Low Energy Offices (LEO)

27 June 2018

Low Energy Offices (LEO) project aims to increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in the sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions The project idea is to develop and demonstrate cost-effective solutions to achieving retrofits of multi-storey commercial buildings that achieve substantial carbon reductions

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Business Basics: Boosting SME Productivity

26 June 2018

The new BEIS Business Basics Fund was launched on 26 June by the Minister for Small Business, Andrew Griffiths MP. The fund will help improve the productivity and performance of small and medium businesses in England. We’re looking for ideas from within your communities to test ways of encouraging small, medium enterprises (SMEs) to take

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Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot

26 June 2018

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset are urged to take advantage of a £2.5m skills training pot for their workforce, as a result of a contract extension. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business

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Sweeping a new path to business success

22 June 2018

Seeking new ways to take her chimney sweep business to the next level was the motivation for Razale Olivier getting in touch with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub team. PH Olivier Chimney Sweep began trading in 2010 and has secured year on year growth ever since through word of mouth and affiliate

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CITB: Construction Skills Fund

21 June 2018

A new Construction Skills Fund has been established to support the development of on-site training hubs for the construction industry. An on-site training hub is a physical facility which enables potential entrants to become site- and employment-ready. The hub would ideally be located within a large housing development or infrastructure project. The hubs will help

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