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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Forestry Commission | Tighter Restrictions on Oak Tree Imports Come Into Force.

19 July 2019

Tighter measures on the import of oak trees come into force in England to protect native trees from the threat of the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) on Monday 15th July. The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countries those from designated pest free areas including Protected

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FREE EVENT – Preparing Your Business for EU Exit – 25 July – Somerset West and Taunton Council

18 July 2019

The Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group (BROG) for the Heart of the South West is hosting a workshop run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to offer practical advice to businesses in preparation for leaving the EU. The Home Office will lead a session on employing EU citizens and the EU

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Enterprise Europe Network is delivering another Global Business Innovation Programme to South Korea.

18 July 2019

Funded by Innovate UK selected applicants will benefit from an unrivalled programme of pre and post visit support and an intensive 5 day in-country itinerary with opportunities to meet the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC Korea), the UK’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN), South Korean officials and collaborate with South Korean businesses and research organisations.

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The Wakeham Trust – Small Grants for UK Registered Charities and Community & Voluntary Groups.

17 July 2019

Small grants generally up to £2,500 to support UK registered charities and community and voluntary groups for small-scale projects with a community emphasis that would find it hard to obtain funding elsewhere. Applications can be made at any time. The Wakeham Trust is particularly interested in helping small scale local projects in the UK that

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Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation | Grant Assistance for Young People

17 July 2019

The aim of the The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation is to promote the education of young people through a grant scheme within the following areas: Music – to include travel, tuition, materials & equipment (but not the purchase of instruments) and experiences Other Arts – to include travel, tuition, materials, equipment & experiences. Physical Activity

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The Co-Op Foundation Space to Connect Grants

17 July 2019

Grants up to £50,000 for community organisations in England to identify, improve and protect community spaces where people can connect and co-operate. Application deadline for Explore Grants: Monday 12th August 2019 at Midday. Explore grants are solely for revenue costs and can include core costs, activity costs, workshops and/or venue hire. Eligible applicants must: Be

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Greenshoots – Creative England in partnership with Xbox.

17 July 2019

Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. We aim to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. We help identify future opportunities to grow the economy and

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Countryside productivity small grants scheme | £15 million for new equipment

16 July 2019

The next funding round for the popular Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme has opened for applications (Tuesday 9 July). Through the initiative, farm businesses can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to help them invest in new and innovative technology. Today’s announcement follows the first round of funding in 2018 when £15 million

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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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