R&D Tax Credits: How would you spend £4.7bn to incentivise UK innovation?

From Forrest Brown R&D Tax Credit Consultancy: With the Spring Budget set to be announced tomorrow and a once-in-a-generation Industrial Strategy consultation taking place, we surveyed 1,000 UK business leaders on their attitudes towards innovation investment and Brexit. In the study, we reveal: How businesses believe Brexit will alter the …

£7.5m Food Processing Grants from HotSW LEP

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub has announced EU funding available for Rural Development, Rural Tourism Infrastructure and Food Processing Grants. By far the largest of the three funds, the £7,540,000 allocation is for new or existing food and drink processing businesses (including farm businesses diversifying into food and drink …

Business Action – Vital resource for businesses in North Devon

Having started as a monthly networking lunch group in North Devon, Business Action has developed into a business news website and online magazine focusing on business in North Devon and across the county. Former business editor for the North Devon Journal, Robert Zarywacz has relaunched the initiative, recognising the need …

Views sought on improving productivity

The Heart of the South West’s joint Local Enterprise Partnership and local authority-led Devolution Partnership’s Productivity Plan aims to ensure that the Heart of the South West, covering Devon and Somerset, makes a significant contribution to the UK’s productivity growth. The Productivity Plan will set out how to address the challenge of improving productivity …

Manufacturing Matters – Barometer offers firms the chance to have their say and ensure industry gets the support it deserves

The Manufacturing Barometer is back for its third quarter of 2016/2017, giving you – the senior decision makers of smaller manufacturers – the perfect opportunity to have your say on current issues, opportunities and future challenges. As the largest survey of its kind in England, the Barometer will be a …

The Engineer: Manufacturers predict growth in 2017 despite Brexit disruption

Over two thirds of manufacturing firms expect to grow in 2017 despite the impact of Brexit, according to the findings of the annual Business Census 2017 report. The survey of 1,300 firms, carried out by Company Check during November and December, found that that 70 per cent of companies are …