Small Business Saturday

Open-1184x803It’s great to see our local small businesses being promoted. The more that we all use them, the more vibrant our high streets are. One of the initiatives is ‘Small Business Saturday’. This year it falls on 1st December. If you are a small business, a customer, a local authority or a network, you can get involved.

https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

 

Grants for Care providers in Devon

It’s rare to find grants where it is open to voluntary sector, social enterprises and private businesses but Devon County Council are keen to support the development of a stronger care sector in the County. In addition to the grant, there is free business advice and a whole raft of leadership training courses.

The scheme is open and will run until December 2019 unless funds are used before this date. Definitely worth a look if this is the sector you are operating in.

For more information, visit ‘Creating Innovation and Growth’ .

Crowdfunding, pros and cons

Nesta has recently issued its report on the Crowdfunding Pilot 2016 in the Arts and Heritage sector.

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It’s no big surprise that the positives of crowdfunding, other than hopefully being successful with securing the money, is that it helps organisations increase their profile and reaches audiences that they perhaps would not have reached otherwise.

The downsides weren’t many until you read towards the end that nearly a third (29 per cent) of those that answered the survey said the effort placed on crowdfunding was too great relative to the positive impacts experienced.

It isn’t for the faint-hearted!

 

Innovation funding in care

Free business support, training, development opportunities, and grant funding are being offered by the County Council to increase services offered and encourage new ideas. The mantra of ‘we need to do things differently’ is still very much part of the agenda along with supporting independence.

For more details, click here

Heritage Lottery Fund success!

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Fantastic news – it’s full steam ahead for the £2 million Newton’s Place project after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed initial support for a National Lottery grant.

We have been working on this project, alongside the team at Newton Abbot Town Council, since July 2016. Initially the focus was on writing the business case for the co-location of the Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum and Town Council into more central premises at the former St Leonard’s Church, a disused grade 2 listed building. This led on to supporting the team with the Heritage Lottery Fund application.

A development grant of £150,000 has been awarded by Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to develop the plans and apply to unlock the full grant of £800,000.

The news helps to secure the future of the museum and community space scheme that Newton Abbot residents have long asked for! When completed the building will house a revamped Town and GWR Museum, flexible community space and offices for Newton Abbot Town Council which is leading the project.

A fabulous project to be involved in – watch this space for more news!

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November Natters

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We’re hosting a few Social enterprise chat sessions at Exeter Co-Lab, Wat Tyler Street, Exeter. It’s for anyone who is interested or involved in social enterprises to come along and ask questions, have a chat and meet other like-minded folk.

Friday 18th November, 11 – 12pm.
Friday 25th November, 11 – 12pm.

If you are already developing or running a social enterprise, then get involved with the #whoknew campaign by Social Enterprise UK. We can tell you more about it when we meet, or have a look online. A great awareness raising opportunity for your business.

Community Grants scheme open today

South West Foundation has opened their small grant programme for small charitable organisations to apply for up to £1000. It’s for charities with annual running costs of less than £25,000 and the focus is on charities that address the needs of their community by engaging people in community activities either as volunteers or as people benefiting from the funded activities. For more details

DEBI Awards 2015

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DEBI 2014 Award Winners. Front: St Sidwells Primary School, Back: Real Food Store, Brian O’Brien (Environmental Champion) ECI Bike Bank, Twool and DEBI Chairman Andy Vickery

The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards is open for entries.

The DEBI Awards, which have been running for over two decades, recognise businesses and other organisations across the county that are attaining high standards of environmental care in their day-to-day operations.

After a successful focus on environmental degradation in 2014, this year’s theme will be ‘Celebrate Devon’. Continue reading “DEBI Awards 2015”