News For Local Businessin Dunstable Houghton Regis 19 June 2014

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Free business innovation support now available

Developing a new service or product?
Need to be more efficient and save money?
Would like to talk to experts at the
cutting edge of research?

Innovation Bridge offers you a free business review with innovation experts and further help to implement new solutions to grow your business.

Visit Innovation Bridge for more information and to apply.

Could you be in line for a Queen's Award?

Nominations for the Queen's Awards 2015 are now open. The awards recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development

Winners are announced annually each April close to the Queen's birthday. The recipients will be presented with an engraved crystal glass commemorative item, a Grant of Appointment and will also be invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace.

The 2014 deadline for the 2015 Awards is 30 September 2014.

For more information visit Queen's Awards 2015.

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Get advice from experienced business owners

The Incuba have put together a series of workshops aimed at helping you, the small business owner, get the right help and support in many areas of your business. Starting on June 25th with workshop one; HR for Small Businesses, and workshop two; Turn your website into a sales machine. £5 (plus VAT) per business workshop including refreshments or £20 (plus VAT) for ALL SIX Workshops including refreshments and networking opportunities. Please contact or 01582 343 810 to reserve your place or for the full workshop programme.


Protect your business in an emergency

Business Continuity will help you prepare for disasters affecting your business and could make you more desirable to suppliers and customers.   
Have you considered how you would cope if you lost access to your premises or equipment as a result of fire or flood?  Flooding doesn't just have to refer to the weather either – even a burst pipe could damage stock, or force you to close for a period of time. Data loss, loss of a key supplier and damage to reputation are all further risks to consider; ones that could be alleviated through the implementation of a Business Continuity Plan. 

Watch the video created by the local resilience forum for top tips and be prepared.

Need grant funding to grow your business?

Grants4Growth is a free grants programme for small and medium sized businesses which includes both capital and revenue grants of up to £25,000.

Capital grants are available for businesses wanting to

  • invest in technology or processes that facilitate growth, improve resilience or create/safeguard jobs
  • put in place efficiency initiatives in the form of waste, water or energy efficiency, recovery or reduction
  • invest in technology and processes to reduce the environmental impact of operations

Revenue grants are available to businesses seeking specialist consultancy advice, support and studies to promote, market or maintain low carbon and environmental goods and services.

Capital grants are available up to a maximum of 28% of the eligible capital spend, and revenue grants are available up to a maximum of 30% of eligible revenue spend.

For more information visit Grants for Growth.