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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Free Digital and Technical Bootcamps for residents in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay

11 December 2020

The Heart of the South West LEP Digital Skills Partnership is launching free Digital and Technical Bootcamps to help adults develop in demand skills that lead to higher-paid roles within in-demand sectors. The bootcamps also benefit businesses by providing training developed by industry for areas that labour market intelligence has highlighted as being hampered by

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IPO | UK Transition Period: Important information regarding re-registered international designs

10 December 2020

From 1 January 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office will create a re-registered UK design for every international design (EU), that is protected at the end of the transition period.

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South West taxpayers urged: Don’t miss the Self Assessment deadline!

09 December 2020

With the busy festive season approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is calling on the South West’s one million Self Assessment customers not to miss the 31 January deadline. The 2019-20 tax return can be finalised at any time up to the deadline but HMRC is encouraging customers to complete it early to allow for

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CJRS claims deadline reminder ‘One Week to Go’

07 December 2020

One week to go until the first deadline – employers must submit any November claims no later than 14 ‌‌December. CJRS claims must now be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend in which case the deadline is the next weekday, and employers will need to

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Calling for South West Business Success Stories

07 December 2020

Covid-19 has been incredibly tough for the South West business community. The ‘new normal’ has forced many businesses to drastically change their business models and ways of operating. Over the months, businesses have found innovative ways of operating and many new businesses have started. To provide an idea of what other businesses have done across

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Future Farming in England

04 December 2020

The government has published: The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024. This sets out the changes the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will make to English agricultural policy over the 7-year agricultural transition period. It explains what those changes will mean for farmers and land managers in

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HMRC and ASA launch new action to disrupt promoters of tax avoidance schemes

30 November 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have launched new action to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of tax avoidance schemes. The joint enforcement notice aims to disrupt the activity of promoters and protect people from being presented with misleading adverts which may tempt them into tax avoidance. It requires

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Capital Gains Tax changes that Self Assessment customers need to know about

25 November 2020

Time is running out for anyone who sold a second home during 2019-20 to declare it on their Self Assessment tax return. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers that they have until 31 January 2021 to declare any profit made from selling a UK residential property, which was not their main home, during

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Amazon Small Business Accelerator

25 November 2020

What is the campaign about? The Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a package of support to assist startups and SMEs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic lockdown. The package includes: • free e-learning (online training) for 200,000 new and existing businesses • intensive bootcamps for 1,000 offline businesses to start selling online quickly • 12

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PM’s Statement on the Government’s Winter Covid-19 Plan

25 November 2020

The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson gave a statement to the House of Commons on Monday 23 November 2020 outlining the Government’s winter Covid-19 plan. The COVID-19 Winter Plan sets out how national restrictions will be lifted in England on 2 December, with England moving back into a regional, tiered approach.   On 2 December, across all of England, regardless of tier:  the stay-at-home requirement

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