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Latest News on Business Funding (July 2019)

Graham Jones at Mendip Business Finance says :-

Uncertainty following the Brexit vote has undoubtedly influenced the general commercial market in the UK and in turn the appetite to take on any additional financial commitment has been dampened. That said, interest rates are still exceptionally low and are only predicted to rise by small degrees into the foreseeable future. Our commercial lending …

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£18.75m funding boost available to SMEs via LendingCrowd’s platform

A multi-million pound funding boost is set to benefit SMEs throughout Britain in the form of business loans through LendingCrowd, who have brought together the Scottish Investment Bank and Dutch entrepreneurial bank NIBC to provide the backing for this finance.

This alternative lending facility is likely to be of considerable help to ever more SMEs to enable them to fulfil their business ambitio…

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So, what’s your business worth?

It may be surprising, but nevertheless true, that the vast majority of small business owners have little to no idea what their businesses are worth. This, of course, must be a significant weakness from both strategic and exit planning perspectives. However, how can they, as well as those who are currently considering the idea of selling, obtain realistic and reliable valuation advice?

There are …

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New ‘Institutes of Technology’ to produce skilled workers to benefit South West economy

The first 12 Institutes of Technology across the country include two in the westcountry – the University of Exeter and Weston College of Further and Higher Education. They will specialise in higher level training in STEM subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering backed by £170m of government funding. This is designed to ensure that young people have the skills to build rewa…

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Over £40bn West of England investment & development opportunities successfully showcased at world’s leading property exhibition

MIPIM Cannes – an international property event which took place this year during 13th to 16th March and where over £40bn worth of Investment & Development opportunities in the West of England were showcased – proved to be a great success for the region according to Tim Bowles, West of England mayor. It is understood that well over 20,000 people from around the world attended the four-day exhi…

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Plymouth link road scheme gets £22m funding boost!

A long awaited and vital link road scheme to improve Plymouth’s road network has received a £22m Government funding boost. Work is now due to be commenced in April 2019 and the entire project is predicted to take three years to complete. The scheme is expected to particularly benefit areas to the east and north of the city and should significantly cut journey times and thereby provide a fillip to…

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£93m upgrade to North Devon Link Road boost for local economy

A major and significant upgrade to the North Devon Link (A361) road has been approved, with the £93m scheme set to begin shortly. The upgrade programme is expected to take approximately two years to complete and should pave the way to road safety improvements whilst also significantly enhancing the local economy. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morni…

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Plymouth set to receive £3.5m creative industries funding award

Five locations in England are set to receive a total of £20m of new creative industries funding which is expected to create more than 1,300 new jobs, benefit 2,000 people through skills training and support over 700 businesses. This includes Plymouth which has been awarded £3.5m to develop the use of immersive and digital technologies to drive growth in the local creative economy and help bring t…

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To sell or not to sell, that is the question

Since late 2017 there has been a general reduction in the number of businesses coming onto the market. It is generally understood that business owners, who in principle would like to sell, are demonstrating a reluctance to commit to taking the necessary decision to do so at this time. They have been citing all sorts of reasons for this, including the current state of the economy (national and glo…

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BBG commits £150m for lending to SMEs

The British Business Bank (BBG) has committed up to £150m for lending to UK small businesses – via the Funding Circle lending platform – and this is expected to support the growth of more than 2,000 SMEs. For the full story please read the bulletin below which was issued today by Insider Media.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 28th November 2018


British Business Bank unveils n…

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UK manufacturing sector output growth and orders both improved according to latest survey results

Manufacturing output volume growth increased during the quarter to November 2018 whilst total order books strengthened and were found to be more robust than the long-run average – according to the CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey. For the fuller picture please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd. today.


Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 21st Novemb…

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SMEs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to benefit from £3m fund to develop manufacturing skills

A new ‘Developing Skills for Business’ programme has been established to identify training and skills gaps and to work with employers to design and develop pilot training and apprenticeships. This should provide a welcome boost for manufacturing skills throughout the area and for an industry which contributes 10% of Cornwall’s GVA and employs over 16,000 people. For more information on this subje…

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Chancellor’s October Budget provides SMEs with welcome help on several fronts

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced in his Budget Statement yesterday several measures which will undoubtedly prove helpful to SMEs, among others, and have been particularly welcomed by businesses across the South West. These include changes to Business Rates and the Apprenticeship Levy, investment in transport infrastructure and an extension of entrepreneur’s tax relief as…

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NatWest increases its growth funding to £3bn for small firms hit by Brexit

NatWest has added £2bn to its original £1bn growth fund to help small businesses which are likely to be negatively impacted by Brexit. NatWest has identified circa 2,000 customers which it believes may need financial assistance to overcome their Brexit travailles and enable them to grow after we leave the EU. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in The Daily Telegraph t…

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£8m funding from European Regional Development Fund available to Dorset SMEs

Up to £8m in EU funding is available to SMEs in Dorset for projects in research and innovation and support towards a low carbon economy in the county. For more information on this subject please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 19th October 2018


£8m EU funding available to Dorset

Up to £8m in EU funding …

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South West business confidence rises during September 2018

Research by Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, revealed that business confidence among South West companies increased by 13 points to 26% whilst economic optimism rose 7 points to 23%. For the fuller picture please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd. today. 

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 28th September 2018


Confidence on the u…

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Huge South West ‘jobs boost’ being created by Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Thousands of jobs are being created by the ‘Hinkley Point’ project with over £10bn worth of contracts having already been issued - 64% of that total contracts value has been awarded to UK suppliers and the South West region has been given a substantial share and consequent jobs boost. For the full story please read the article below which appeared today in the Western Morning News.

Roger Mundy, Ma…

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£1bn lending fund for South West SMEs launched by HSBC

As part of a wider £12bn commitment to help British businesses realise their growth ambitions, HSBC UK has launched a £1bn lending fund to support small and medium-sized businesses across the South West. For more on this subject please read the bulletin below issued today by Insider News Media.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 20th September 2018

 

HSBC launch…

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All of South West region to benefit from Cornwall’s space industry

According to the Managing Director of Cornwall Council’s commercial arm, Corserv, the investment in Cornwall’s space industry will benefit the whole of the South West. For more on this subject please read the bulletin below which was issued today Insider News Media.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 20th September 2018


Cornish space industry to benefit the whole of the Sout…

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South West employers among most optimistic in country for recruitment by end of 2018

A report by ManpowerGroup puts the South West among the most confident in the country as far as workforce growth is concerned. A very significant number of organisations right across the region are looking to recruit with employers in the utilities sector currently the most optimistic. For the full picture please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today.

Roger Mundy,…

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UK manufacturing output & orders remain robust

The CBI’s latest Industrial Trends Survey has found that output growth slowed slightly in the three months to August but remained well above the long term average and is expected to continue at a similar level over the next three months. Meanwhile, total order books also remain well above the long term average. For the full picture please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider News M…

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400,000 UK businesses believe they could export but don’t!

International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has set a target for an increase in exports from 30% last year (as a proportion of the UK’s GDP) to 35% this year. With last year’s exports weighing in at £620bn worth of goods and services – a record high – and with the Department for International Trade’s estimate that 400,000 UK businesses believe that they could export but do not, coupled with overseas…

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Over £1.3bn in Hinkley Point C contracts awarded to South West firms.

South West firms from engineering specialists to office chair suppliers are included in businesses that have already been awarded £1.3bn worth of contracts for the biggest building project of its kind in Europe – and this is understood to be only the tip of the iceberg! Around 4,000 South West businesses have to date registered on the Hinkley Point C supply chain portal and many more are expected…

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South West companies in line for £15bn boost in nuclear sector

According to new research, reflected in a report by Fraser Nash of Nuclear South West, the South West is well placed for a slice of the £50bn worth of economic opportunities for the UK with SMEs, large companies and training providers all standing to gain. For more details please read the bulletin below which was issued today Insider Media Ltd.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds…

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