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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UKRI and Defra partner to launch £12m Farming Innovation Pathways funding competition

19 February 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have today announced their R&D collaboration for an exciting new funding opportunity, Farming Innovation Pathways. The competition will be delivered through UKRI’s ISCF Transforming Food Production challenge fund, aimed at developing new and existing farm-focused innovations. Farming Innovation Pathways will

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Apply to the Endangered Crafts Fund

05 February 2021

Deadlines: 26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021 Thanks to support from The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and the Sussex Heritage Trust, the Heritage Crafts Association is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must

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Fascinating facts about Self Assessment

19 January 2021

Did you know almost 100,000 people filed their tax returns on 6 April 2020, which is the first day of the tax year? With the 31 January deadline fast approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) shares some little-known facts about Self Assessment tax returns. The April ‘early birds’ are not the only ones to make

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An Hour to Skill

11 January 2021

The ‘An Hour to Skill’ campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

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Devon Start Up Programme for Social Entrepreneurs

11 January 2021

A new, free support programme has been launched in Devon to help those who are unemployed or at risk of losing their jobs and considering starting their own social enterprise. Devon County Council and The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington are working together on the Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme which aims to provide

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Listening Ear launches for Devon business owners

06 January 2021

Are you feeling the pressure of trying to run a business during a pandemic? Listening Ear is a new pilot programme that’s here to help… Running a business is stressful at the best of times. Running a business during a pandemic is even harder. Listening Ear is a new service for Devon businesses that offers

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Self Assessment deadline: less than one month to go

05 January 2021

Around 5.4 million Self Assessment customers have less than a month to complete their tax return, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today, ahead of the deadline on 31 January. HMRC expects 12.1 million tax returns to be filed this year. Around 55% have already filed their returns, with more than 6.2 million choosing to

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DIT | Export Academy in the South West

21 December 2020

With 2020 being a challenging year for most businesses, the Department for International Trade wants to support you to get your exports back on track in 2021 with the launch of the Export Academy in the South West. What is the Export Academy?  The Export Academy has been launched by the Department for International Trade

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Lloyds Bank 2020 Transformation with Tech Report

21 December 2020

For the last six years, the Lloyds Bank team have shared a unique dataset to foster greater understanding of the digital capability of small businesses. The Digital Index reports “afford greater insight” into the rich benefits technology can bring business as well as the barriers. This year, working with Be the Business, Lloyds Bank analysed

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Growth Support Programme launches initiative to support business recovery

20 December 2020

The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme (GSP) is launching its new “Adapt + Revive” initiative which aims to equip businesses in the region with vital digital skills to help support economic recovery. Businesses across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay will be offered support and training focusing on digital marketing, e-commerce and website

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