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

Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.7m skills training fund

10 July 2019

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, are urged to take advantage of a £2,700,000 skills training fund to upskill their workforce. The training is delivered as part of a programme called Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), which Serco’s Employment, Skills

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Heart of the SW LEP Seeking New Chair and Non-exec Board Directors

09 July 2019

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is seeking a new chair and two new non-executive board directors from the private or social enterprise sector to lead and shape the strategies that will deliver this mission. Its vision is to create a dynamic, highly prosperous region with high living standards and

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Heritage Fund | Horizon Awards

08 July 2019

How much you can apply for The minimum amount of grant is £5million. There is no upper limit on how much you can apply for. They have a total of £50m available in the first year (2020-2021). The application process is now open. Who can apply You can apply for a Heritage Horizon Award if

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Power to Change | More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

08 July 2019

Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands? The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community ownership of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England. Funded by Power to Change and delivered by

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Tata | Varsity Pitch Competition 2019

08 July 2019

Focus of fund/fund aims: An early-stage business pitching competition for students and recent graduates with a £15,000 prize for the winner to invest in their start-up business Application deadline: 26 July 2019 Fund description: The Varsity Pitch Competition 2019 is looking for the best student and graduate business ideas: current students at UK universities or

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SWMAS | Manufacturing Barometer Survey, Summer 2019-20

08 July 2019

Raising the profile of UK SME manufacturers for 10 Years. With your input, there will be a decade of data mapping the confidence and trends of the UK’s SME manufacturing sector. The special focus of this survey is staffing & recruitment. Last quarter’s Barometer revealing that just 30% of UK SME manufacturers intended to recruit

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University of Exeter | Workshop for Stakeholders in the Plastics Economy.

03 July 2019

University of Exeter are please to invite you to attend the second workshop of the ExeMPLaR research project on Friday, 12th July. The purpose of this workshop is to understand who the stakeholders in the plastics economy are, to map their motivations for the status quo and for change, and to begin to identify possible

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Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme Open To Applicants

01 July 2019

Farmers are being offered free one-to-one business planning advice and group workshops through support from the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme. Applications have just opened for this year’s scheme – now in its fourth year – which focuses on business skills training to help farms make changes to build business resilience. Aimed predominantly at dairy, beef

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The 2019 Chamber Business Awards are now open for entry

26 June 2019

Recognising and rewarding excellence in British business, the Chamber Business Awards is one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious business award programmes. Each year, from Aberdeen to Cornwall, organisations of all sizes and sectors compete for the coveted titles and the national recognition they bring. They are delighted to announce that not only will this

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Launch Somerset – FREE Support Package for new businesses

24 June 2019

PROPEL YOUR NEW BUSINESS TO SUCCESS WITH OUR INVESTMENT PACKAGE WHAT IS LAUNCH? LAUNCH is all about giving pre-start or new (up to 24 months trading) enterprises an opportunity to pitch their business and get a real boost – think Dragons Den without the Dragons. We have an exciting investment package available from our sponsors for the business

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