Northern, Central and West Devon, Thousands to get Superfast Broadband Connections
3rd July 2017
Thousands more homes and businesses across northern, central and west Devon will be able to connect to superfast broadband following a major contract announcement by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS).
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The Broadband Voucher Scheme
26th May 2016
The Broadband Voucher Scheme is currently available for anyone in the area receiving
2mb/s or less. This is a voucher for £500 towards installation fees for broadband – a list of
10 suppliers is given.
This is for homes and businesses, and vouchers can be pooled to enable a community solution.
For further information please click here.
Essential Sales Skills
DATE: Wednesday 29th June 2016
This is an intensive, one day programme designed to give you the essential skills to convert more enquiries into profit by utilising an effective and proven sales process. Many companies and individuals have increased their turnover and their profits by applying the systems learned during this day. Anyone who has a sales function to fulfil, whether that is in business to business sales or business to consumer would find this course helpful to them. Also experienced and inexperienced sales staff alike can benefit from this course, bringing new skills as well as revitalising old ones.
For further information and to book, please click here.
UBI - More job creation and expansion for Bideford’s, SR Furniture
2nd February 2016
More job creation and expansion for Bideford’s,SR Furniture - 40th business to capitalise on
Celebrate the good news of SR Furniture, 40th business in the Heart of the South West to be allocated a grant from the UBI (Unlocking Business Investment) Fund.
SR Furniture is a family owned furniture manufacturing company, based in Bideford. Over the last six years the company has seen strong growth as demand for their products has increased. Investment in new machinery and staff will enable SR Furniture to fulfil their current orders and grow customers in new markets.
“Five years ago when Janet and I returned to North Devon, we never dreamed it would become the success it is today. We have benefited from a second tranche of RGF (Regional Growth Fund) funding and would not have been able to increase our output capacity, without this grant. We are able to offer 11 new and skilled jobs over the next three years and continue to keep all our skills in-house.
Investing in the latest CNC (Biessie Rover A Edge) machine and upgraded IT systems, means we increase our turnover by over 500%, take on higher volume jobs, whilst still maintaining the high quality furniture our customers have come to expect.”
Steve Payne, Managing Director, SR Furniture.
“SR Furniture is a classic example of the type of business that the UBI funding is designed to help. I urge other businesses in Devon and Somerset who are considering whether to invest and create more jobs, like SR Furniture are doing, to check out whether UBI funding can help them.
There is a limited timescale for this grant scheme so it is best to act now!”
Mark Ansell, North Devon+ Director and Chair of the UBI Steering Group.
The scheme provides grants of between £25,000 and £499,000 to businesses with firm plans of expansion and need the finance to make it happen.
Businesses have used matched funds to purchase new machinery and specialist equipment for new product development, relocating premises to allow business expansion, extending existing premises to improve production efficiency, training and event requirements and improving and upgrading production lines.
If you need funding for a new venture, please click here. Allow 2-3 months for the application process, we can guide and support you through this. Projects need to be delivered and monies spent before March 2017.
North Devon+ is awarding funding under the Unlocking Business Investment programme in partnership with Plymouth University’s GAIN Team, North Devon Council and Torridge District Councils. Supported by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and funded through the Regional Growth Fund, the scheme is designed to stimulate private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable jobs.
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North Devon Employer STEM Survey
14th January 2016
Did you know that the STEM sector needs a staggering 160,000 engineers, scientists and technicians per year by 2020 (Royal Academy of Engineering Report 2012).
North Devon+ has been awarded funds from the Manufacturing Challenge Fund, which aims to raise the awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), as well as increase the engagement of employers and schools in STEM activities.
As part of the project, the Employment and Skills Board (ESB) is carrying out STEM research to establish the needs of our employers and schools in making STEM more accessible.
Could you please take 2 minutes to complete this survey to help with our STEM research (link below). On completion you will be entered into the draw to win a FREE business support session.
The Princes Countryside Fund announces
£718,000 of grant funding
14th January 2016
The Princes Countryside Fund has awarded significant funding to projects across the UK which offer help to struggling farming businesses and to improve the lives of people living and working in the countryside.
Out of 229 applications, 23 projects have been funded, including the Exmoor Hill Farming Network. This is a fantastic achievement for the project with funding secured until January 2018.
Further funding is still needed through sponsorship and other financial backing to support pressing issues relating to low farming incomes and rural isolation. The grant and additional funding will allow the EHFN to continue to offer beneficial training courses, grants, information and opportunities to upland farmers across Exmoor and to support the rural community.
New grants awarded to expanding businesses across Devon & Somerset
19th May 2015
North Devon+ has announced the first seven businesses to receive awards totalling almost £430,000 under its Unlocking Business Investment programme today.
The £5million scheme, open to businesses across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay provides grants of between £25,000 and £499,000 to businesses with firm plans for expansion, who just need to unlock the finance to make it happen.
The successful companies coming from across the Heart of the South West area include Alderman Tooling Ltd (Plymouth), Blugem Communications Ltd (Barnstaple), EPS Services & Tooling Ltd (Wiveliscombe), The Eurotech Group plc (Exmouth), Jasun Envirocare plc (Bridgwater), Moo Free Ltd (Holsworthy) and SWM & Waste Recycling Ltd (South Molton).
The grants can be used to fund capital projects such as purchasing plant machinery and extending existing premises and must be match funded against private and commercial sources.
Amongst this round of successful businesses, funding will be used to invest in the expansion of a food production site and a variety of new machinery to facilitate pressed metal and tool-making, circuit board manufacture, waste sorting, filtration and telecoms.
North Devon+ was awarded the fund in September last year having developed the Unlocking Business Investment programme in partnership with Plymouth University’s GAIN Team, North Devon Council and Torridge District Councils.
Supported by the Heart of the West Local Enterprise Partnership and funded through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the scheme is designed to animate private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable jobs.
Andy Lobato, North Devon+ Chair, said:
“North Devon+ is extremely pleased to be able to announce the first successful recipients to come through the scheme. It is always an exciting moment when all the planning and hard work that goes into creating, bidding for and running funding schemes has come together and we see the money go to the businesses who need it.We look forward to receiving more applications and supporting businesses in the south west to secure the finance to expand.”
Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“We know many businesses throughout our area have the ambition and potential to expand,
still more have advanced plans but find it difficult to access sufficient finance through traditional sources. These companies operate right across our economy and can make a significant contribution through improved productivity, increased exports, and job creation. We are pleased to see these first companies being helped to realise their potential from this support."
The Unlocking Business Investment programme is open to businesses now.
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