In the Know – September 2019

£10m Brexit readiness fund announced

The Department for Business has announced a £10 million grant scheme for trade associations and membership bodies to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The Business Readiness Fund will be used to provide advice, training and events to help businesses understand the steps they should take to be ready when the UK leaves the EU. The deadline for funding applications is 30 September 2019 and all projects must be completed by 31 October.

Read more about the fund here

Charities can apply for free cybersecurity assessments

Charities are being offered free cybersecurity assessments amid concerns that half of all small organisations are falling victim to cybercrime every year.

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Future High Streets Fund expanded

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced that an additional 50 towns will receive funding to develop plans to boost local growth. Each town will receive funding of up to £150,000, via the Future High Streets Fund, to improve transport into town centres, convert empty retail units into new homes and workplaces, and invest in infrastructure.

Read more about the fund here

Entries Open for 2019 Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year

The Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year competition has been created to recognise and showcase early stage female start-up entrepreneurs who are excelling in their industry

The competition is open to female entrepreneurs who are eligible to work in the UK. The applicant’s start-up must be a UK based company that is less than five years old with no more than 10 employees. Applications close on 13 September.

Read more about the competition and how to enter here

Have your say – Torbay Business Survey

TDA and Torbay Business Forum would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete this brief survey. At a time of unprecedented change across the political and economic landscape, businesses are faced with uncertainty around their growth agenda. The survey will help to better understand businesses’ prospects for growth and what the short to medium term challenges are.

Views on the local area and whether it is supportive of growth plans are also being sought.

Your responses, which will be treated as confidential, will help to inform and shape the work we do to regenerate Torbay and support the business community. Results from the previous survey can be found here.

Have your say here

Torbay Apprenticeships Fair

Following the huge success of the first Torbay Apprenticeships Fair in July 2019, the event will again be running on Wednesday 5th February, during National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

If you are an employer, don’t miss the opportunity to join us to promote your Apprenticeship vacancies with a free business stand.

The free Torbay Apprenticeships Fair is for school and college learners, parents, and anyone considering an Apprenticeship or looking for to develop their skills.

When: Wednesday 5th February 2020, 9.30am-1pm
Where: The Riviera International Conference Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ.

To discuss the Torbay Apprenticeships Fair in anyway please contact: Rebecca Davies, Senior Economic Development Officer, 01803 208429 | 07810 630989.

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Stress Awareness for Somerset Business Leaders

A free stress management workshop is being held for managers and business leaders across Somerset sponsored by the West Somerset Business Group and facilitated by JR Corporate Health.

The two-hour workshop takes place on Thursday 12 September. 6pm-8.30pm at The Beach Hotel, Minehead.

Find out more and book here.

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