News and Events for Local Businesses - 3 July

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Plymouth business news

3 July 2020

Please find below an overview of the latest business advice and guidance, including the latest COVID-19 news. In today's newsletter you will find news and updates including:

  • 355 businesses and nearly 1,700 jobs saved by extra funding
  • A Plymouth guide to reopening safely
  • Innovation Consultancy Grant Fund
  • New podcast celebrating local business and academic achievements launched
  • Funding streams and competitions
  • Virtual events/webinars

If you have any specific concerns or are in need of support, please contact us.

355 businesses and nearly 1,700 jobs saved by extra funding

355 small businesses in Plymouth, including local charities, B&Bs, nurseries and fishers, have been given a much-needed lifeline with funding from the Discretionary Grant Fund.

As part of the Plymouth City Council’s acute response for Resurgam, the city’s economic recovery plan, the grants were all allocated and paid out within a month, with the final payments being made this week. Thanks to the quick work of the Council almost 1,700 jobs have been protected through this grant scheme.

Read the full story here

Free signage packs available for reopening high street businesses

Working with our partners Destination Plymouth, Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership we’ve created this toolkit to help you reopen your business safely, providing you with advice and guidance and practical tools that can be used as you welcome customers back to your premises.

This toolkit has been produced with funding from the Reopening High Street Fund, funded by HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

The toolkit includes a request form for a free signage pack which includes floor stickers, window decals and posters to encourage people to follow social distancing guidelines for high street shops, attractions and leisure businesses.

View the toolkit here

Innovation Consultancy Grant Fund

SMEs in Devon can receive 75% refund of costs of engaging a Consultant to support business innovation work within the marine sector.  The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) project is offering grants to eligible businesses with suitable projects.  Closing date for Grant applications is 14 August.

Join one of their webinars to hear about project examples during their promotion week beginning 6 July.

Find out more here

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace.

The easing of social and economic lockdown measures following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your organisation, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Find out more here

New podcast celebrating business and academic achievements in the region launched

Hosted by Plymouth Science Park's Business Development Manager Fay Davies, ‘Podcasts from the Park’ will feature expert interviews with Science Park tenants, business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs based in and around Plymouth, to discover more about their groundbreaking work. 

Find out more here

Funding streams and competitions

Sustainable Innovation Fund - Temporary Framework Competition Launched

Coronavirus has affected research and development (R&D) across all UK sectors, and Innovate UK (IUK) now wishes to help them recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.


Innovation Challenge for BAME Entrepreneurs

The MSDUK Innovation Challenge offers founders and established Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs with an opportunity to obtain business funding and support.

The application deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020.

Find out more here


Screwfix Foundation Re-opens for Applications

The Screwfix Foundation, a registered charity, was created by trade retailers Screwfix in 2013. After being closed for nearly three months, the Foundation is now open for applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK.

Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next review will be in August 2020.

Find out more here


Amazon Launches £1.6 Billion Climate Pledge Fund

The Amazon Climate Pledge Fund has been established to invest in companies building sustainable products, services and technologies to decarbonise the economy and protect the planet.

Amazon is accepting indications of interest now.

Find out more here


Launch of Final Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) Calls for Proposals

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has launched its final Calls for Proposals under the IMI2 programme, with topics on tackling cancer through artificial intelligence, antimicrobial resistance, neurodegenerative diseases, rare disease diagnosis, the return of clinical trial data to participants, and patient adherence.

The submission deadline (for full proposals for IMI2 - Call 22, and short proposals for IMI2 - Call 23) is 29 September 2020.

Find out more here


Innovate UK Competitions

See all the current open & upcoming funding opportunities from Innovate UK

Find out more here

Virtual events and webinars

For further information on the latest virtual events, or to upload and promote yours, visit Invest Plymouth's event page

You can also submit your own virtual events.

The 4Cs of Recovery: supporting school curriculum thinking

Real Ideas Organisation | Wednesday 8 July 2020, 4pm to 5pm

Following the big picture thinking of our recent education Imagining The Future Normal webinar, we are delighted to launch our Recovery Curriculum support with a webinar that introduces and explores our approach through 4Cs: Creativity, Culture, Connection, Community.

Find out more here


Arts Award Discover at Home - Education Webinar from Real Ideas

Real Ideas Organisation | Thursday 9 July 2020, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

For Children and young people, Arts Awards are a great way of supporting their discovery of this world, structuring and valuing their time and achievements. This conversation is aimed at those schools, parents and creative organisations thinking about how to include creativity and Arts Award Discover into their offer for children as they move forwards into the summer holidays and new term.

Find out more here


Oceansgate Marine Technology Webinar Series

Oceansgate |  Wednesday 15 July to Wednesday 7 October, 11am

The series of webinars will provide a platform for the world class marine technology offer in the surrounding area with topics including access to innovation funding and support, marine autonomy, case studies covering leading edge tech development and showcasing world class strengths in the SW.

The next webinar, on Wednesday 15 July, focuses on Skills in the Marine sector with City College Plymouth 

Find out more here


Government webinars

Government departments are hosting a series of webinars to help businesses understand the support available:


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