In the Know – December

In the Know

TDA Businesses monthly Business Blog

Every month TDA Business will bring you the latest in business news, opportunities and events.

Despite the year winding down, it looks set for a busy couple of months across the South West, so if there’s some down time in your calendar, take advantage of what’s in store:


Free China-Britain Business Council Clinics for UK Businesses in Taunton

Jamie Shaw, Business Adviser for China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) in the South West will be running a free business clinic for UK companies of all sizes and sectors.

On a one-to-one, confidential, basis, Jamie will discuss matters ranging from the market potential for your products or services, to how to establish a presence in the market, as well as the support and services available to help you develop your business in China in a cost-effective way.

This is a great opportunity for anyone considering taking their business to new markets overseas. Registration is done through CBBC’s online portal here.


2018 South West Skills Conference

The 2018 South West Skills Conference is taking place on 19th Jan 2018 in Bridgwater and is now open for registrations.

The Conference will focus on the benefits of apprenticeships, investing in the workforce and the role that effective leadership and management plays in widening the talent pool through improved recruitment/retention.

The conference is supported by Anne Milton Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women and will include key note speakers and interactive Q&A panel discussions.

Delegates will have the opportunity to influence key activity to take forward across the South West in relation to employment and skills.

This is a free event aimed at key industrial sectors in the South West. Book whilst you can, as we’ve been told spaces will be limited! Book here.


Beyond the Business as Usual

Innovate UK are coming to Exeter to bring innovation to the South West with their event: Beyond the business as usual.

Register now for your chance to network and engage with senior executives from the Innovate UK family, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Business Clusters who can offer advice on which funding & collaborative opportunities might be right for you and your innovation.

The event will provide information on:

  • Opportunities to turn innovation into commercial gain: Innovate UK
  • Funding to make these a reality
  • Initiatives that are happening within the region that you could get involved in.

Come along to Sandy Park, Exeter on 25th Jan for free – Register here


Calling all Somerset Social Enterprises!

The Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Development programme 2018 is now open for applications.

The programme is aimed specifically at existing social enterprises and community organisations operating in Somerset who want to become more entrepreneurial and increase their trading revenue.

The programme will run from February to May 2018 and all information on how to apply can be found here.

Also, there is a 3-Day Intensive course for Start Ups in the Devon & Somerset region. This is a three-day introduction to social enterprise is for anyone with a social enterprise idea or in early stages and will give an introduction to starting and setting up a social business. All the information can be found here.


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