£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 Global Recruiter: Unproductive Structure [article]

ILM research says companies are holding back own staff. Research from ILM, the leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications in the UK suggests that more than half of UK workers feel that both the structure and culture of their workplaces are holding them back from doing their job more effectively …

APSCo hints at Brexit ‘uncertainty’ impact

Data from APSCo has shown professional recruitment firms reporting that vacancy numbers flatlined in September. The number of permanent vacancies remained unchanged year-on-year. This is in line with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reported in October that the overall employment rate stabilised at 74.5 …

STEM Insight Programme – Teacher Work Placements

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. More information regarding the scheme is here https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-insight, which also includes a map which shows there are no placement opportunities at all in our region, apart from Exeter and Plymouth …