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

ISCF | Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging: Demonstrator Projects, Round 1

11 December 2019

The aim of this competition is to present a portfolio of demonstrator projects. Your project must showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of -the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging. Your project must deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives: Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I)

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Lloyds Bank Foundation

10 December 2019

Focus of Fund: A new programme to provide revenue grants and support for the organisational development of small and medium-sized charities working with people dealing with complex social issues. Applications may be submitted at any time. Fund Description: Lloyds Bank Foundation is inviting applications for funding from its new programme for small and medium-sized charities

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Maritime UK SW Business Forum

03 December 2019

A one-stop-shop for skills, trade, innovation, finance and supply chain opportunities in the ocean economy. This free all-day event is managed by the South Coast Marine Cluster with event partners the Marine Business Technology Centre and the Met Office.

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Tech South West | Winners of Tech South West Awards Revealed

02 December 2019

Artificial soil, ultrasound that creates the sensation of touch in mid-air, and a safety at sea app were amongst the array of ground breaking tech honoured at his year’s Tech South West Awards. Business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and organisations came together from across the region for the inaugural event, held at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel,

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The Work Experience Action Group launches new toolkit for SMEs to help improve access to quality work experience.

22 November 2019

The Work Experience Action Group are delighted to present you with their new toolkit “Unleashing the Potential of Work Experience: A Guide for SMEs”. This has been facilitated by the British Youth Council, a group that consists of 6 young people between the ages of 16-25 years old, with a range of work experience journeys

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HMRC Customs Grant Schemes

20 November 2019

What are the schemes? The UK is planning to leave the European Union (EU), which will mean businesses will have to apply the same customs rules to goods moving between the EU ans UK as they would for the rest of the world. From early September 19, customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or

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The Pensions Regulator | Automatic Enrolment & Pension Scams

15 November 2019

Automatic Enrolment Over the next couple of months, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) would like to share two new automatic enrolment messages as widely as possible: Maintaining contributions: TPR remind employers that it’s their responsibility to make sure the right contributions are being paid on time. TPR are able to use their data to detect when employers

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Innovate UK | Global Business Innovation Programme: Focus on Digital Health – South Korea

12 November 2019

Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP), delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), is organising a visit to South Korea for up to 15 digital health SMEs with emerging technologies in this field. Successful companies will be fully funded and supported through a structured programme of support consisting of a preparation phase in the UK,

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Crowdfunder in partnership with Natwest | Back Her Business.

12 November 2019

Only one in three entrepreneurs in the UK are women. Crowdfunder wants to help close the gender gap once and for all. Crowfunder wants to support more women to start businesses, so they’ve teamed up with Natwest to help get you started. Together they will help you raise money for your business through crowdfunding, and

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Fredericks Foundation | Finance announced for Devon and Cornwall

12 November 2019

A fund set up to support the dreams of entrepreneurs who’ve been turned down by the banks has announced it has finance available to help build local businesses in Devon and Cornwall. Since being established in 2001 as a registered charity, the Fredericks Foundation has transformed the lives of thousands. It provides not-for-profit business loans

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