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Regional Growth Fund - could it help you?

Regional Growth Fund (RGF) – Applications sought by BIS from businesses

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) - Round 6 opened on 19 June 2014. At least £200 million of RGF support is being made available for this round and bidders have until midday on 30 September 2014 to submit their applications to the Fund.

Those bids that are selected for support will have until March 2017 to drawn down the RGF funding.  Round 6 remains focused on the private sector and bids will only be accepted from wholly private organisations, such as limited companies and universities. The minimum bid threshold is £1 million. The RGF continues to operate in England only.

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How Business Friendly Is your Council?

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in London are issuing a survey to every single business in the capital to as them about the issues most pressing within their area and how business friendly the local council is at working on their behalf. The survey coincides with the announcement of the second annual Small Business Friendly Council Awards which will take place on November 12th in Central London.  

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Get £3,000 for high-speed broadband installation

Broadband Superfast connection

SME’s ( 249 employees or less) could get up to £3,000 towards the cost of installing a faster, better broadband connection, usually of 30Mbit/s or more.

With high-speed broadband you can store and access files via the cloud, transfer large files quickly and securely and enjoy a more productive and reliable service each and every day. In a nutshell, high-speed broadband will help your business to work better, grow and save you cash.

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Mary Macleod welcomes tax cuts for local high streets

An estimated 500 local shops, pubs and restaurants in the Hounslow Borough could see their tax bills cut by a third because of tax cuts for small businesses taking effect this week.

Local MP Mary Macleod welcomed the news that will support the high streets in Chiswick, Brentford and Hounslow, boosting jobs and growth.

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Do you have an hour to spare?

Clive Potts is doing a Master's degree at the University of West London. As part of his degree he is writing a dissertation entitled "Graduate Recruitment by Small Business".

In order to write this he would like to interview several small businesses. The interviews would last no more than an hour. He would record them and use the content but details of the interviewee will be kept confidential.

Interviews can be arranged to suit your convenience. If you are will to help please contact Clive on 07985 649 247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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