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Superfast Business – Harnessing technology to grow your business
Superfast Business offers fully funded support to help ambitious businesses in the South West with a focus on rural areas identify, maximize and profit from the opportunities that superfast broadband and new technologies present. They have a team of expert advisers, a programme of events on hot topics offering inspirational insights and practical solutions and access to IT specialists and knowledge.
Superfast Business is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Local Authorities to support the roll out programme of superfast broadband in the region. It is delivered by Peninsula Enterprise in conjunction with Connecting Devon and Somerset.
The service is aimed at businesses who have heard superfast broadband is coming to their area or are already experiencing good connection speeds and fulfil ERDF eligibility criteria.
Register on their website today to see if your business is able to access the full support package and keep up to date with the latest technologies and information
t: 0845 603 8593
For details of grants for businesses in the south west, click here - http://www.ruraldevon.org/
RURAL FOCUS - offers help for businesses in rural areas, take a look at their website www.businessanswers.info
Click here for details of business support including start up help for under 25s.
Good news small grants programme reopens.... but is it is a brief window, so make sure you visit Making it Local website asap. Deadlines are early in January 2013.
Do you want to review your energy and waste costs? If so, the Improving your Resource Efficiency provides free information and support to eligible businesses. It is making a real difference to many Blackdown Hills businesses who are already benefiting from this support...
For more information please go to www.businessanswers.info/iyre.
Free workshops and drop in sessions or call us to find out more – 0845 094 6108 or email email@example.com
Offering free online support to business.
The CBI is business’ most powerful lobbying force in the UK. Our lobbying in Europe and across the world is also highly effective for members with global interests.
Fredericks Foundation (Devon)
Fredericks Foundation (Somerset)
... loans available in Devon and Somerset for start-up and existing businesses wishing to expand. We would like to find a partnership approach that will enable us to use the best local knowledge alongside our back-office systems and experience of microfinance.
South West Investment Group - SWIG is the largest provider of complementary loan finance to small and medium sized businesses in the South West.
www.princes-trust.org.uk Offers opportunities to help young people including funding and support to 18 - 30 year olds who are unemployed or underemployed to turn their business idea into a reality.
Prime The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) helps people over the age of fifty set up in business for themselves.
Devon Environmental Business Initiative is a networking organisation set up to inform, support and motivate businesses, of all sizes and from all sectors in Devon, to adopt environmentally sound and profitable business policies.
Support, training & loans