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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Devon lockdown businesses ready to go to the next level

02 September 2021

New Devon businesses which have sprung up during lockdown are being given expert help to take them to the next level. The Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Exeter (BIPC) is staging a free 13 week ‘Bedroom to Business’ webinar course aimed at start-up entrepreneurs which are ready to expand (from 8th September). Since November

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New programme to spark wave of growth in UK’s thriving cyber sector

24 August 2021

Innovative cyber startups, small businesses and scaleups will benefit from a new scheme to help them launch and grow their businesses while spreading wealth and opportunity across the UK. Cyber Runway will see entrepreneurs and businesses across the four nations get access to business masterclasses, mentoring, product development support, networking events and backing to trade

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Calling all small businesses to lead the charge to net zero

24 August 2021

This year, the UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses like you to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

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ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor

23 August 2021

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have launched their Q3 Business Confidence monitor results. These show that business confidence has hit a record high for the second quarter in a row, reflecting expectations of strong sales growth as the economy reopens. The findings come after the Office for National Statistics figures

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HMRC reveals absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage

18 August 2021

While the vast majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today released some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the legal minimum. Last year (2020 to 2021) HMRC helped more than 155,000 workers across the UK recover more than £16 million

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Growth Hub Case Study: Simon Plant Photography

16 August 2021

Simon Plant has been a commercial photographer and film maker for over 34 years. When the pandemic hit, the Growth Hub advised him on any grants and training courses available to him, and above all, highlighted that in difficult times there is help is out there for sole traders. Simon Plant has been a commercial

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Event to help SMEs understand the sustainability agenda

12 August 2021

Small business owners who may be uncertain about why sustainability, net zero and climate change are relevant to their day-to-day work are being invited to special regional event run by Britain’s biggest business representation group. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are staging the event entitled ‘What is net zero and why is it important

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Free Support to Help Farmers Navigate the Agricultural Transition

09 August 2021

Business Information Point (BIP) are providing free, tailored one to one advice, webinars, and business skills development workshops to help farmers and land managers navigate the changes brought about by the Agricultural Transition. Between 2021 and 2027, the government will gradually reduce and then stop Direct Payments. Instead, farmers will be supported to improve the

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Chancellor marks Help to Grow scheme launch with teach-in alongside business owners

05 August 2021

The Chancellor has called on small and medium business leaders to sign up to a new programme designed to hone their expertise as he attended one of the first courses in the UK. Rishi Sunak joined a class taking part in the government-funded management scheme at Aston Business School alongside small business owners to see

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Customs Declaration Service to become UK’s single customs platform

03 August 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a system founded on world-leading technology, will serve as the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023. HMRC will be closing its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. From this date, all businesses will

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