March Events and Surveys

Entrepreneurs Exchange

On Wednesday, 18 May, at 6pm, 40 of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs are offering business advice for free at 20 locations across the UK. The Heart of the South West event is at Exeter University with speakers Henry Dimbleby MBE of Leon and Ajaz Ahmed of AKQA.

Events are open to members of the public and are specifically aimed at those who have set up a business that they now wish to grow.

Attendees will find out how established and successful entrepreneurs set up and grew their businesses, the challenges they have overcome to enable success, and the real advice they wish they had been given.

Entrepreneurs Exchange is collaboration between a group of the UK’s leading business founders, the UK government and HSBC.

Places are free but strictly limited, sign up at:

Enterprise Europe Network South West Events

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) South West helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally. Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, EEN provides expert advice and support for businesses looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets.

EEN South West employs a team of specialist providing sector and product specific support. Events coming up in this area are:

Virtual Reality World Congress – 12 April

A fantastic opportunity to connect with the brightest minds in the VR industry and learn about the present and the future of Virtual Reality. Book Now

Explore the Nordics – 14 April

This event is a great opportunity to hear from Anders Skeem, a resident Nordic food and drink specialist about the local markets, consumer trends and product preferences. Book Now

Exporting is GREAT

Somerset businesses considering export are making the most of free one-to-one clinics with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South West, providing advice and support to help them embark on their international trade journeys.

Held at the Somerset Chamber offices in Taunton, the pop-up clinics are aimed at businesses at all stages of their export journey, offering them a chance to talk to experts and discuss the routes to successful exporting.

Representatives from 18 local businesses attended the latest clinic this month, seeking advice from UKTI advisers on a variety of topics including ecommerce trade, high growth markets, exporting to the US, and how to start exporting.

The next session of one-to-one clinics will take place at the Somerset Chamber offices on Monday 25 April, immediately after Export Week. Appointments are available to book now and spaces are limited, so early booking is advisable.

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Business Views Needed on Cutting Red Tape

On 3 March the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Cabinet Office launched a review of local authority regulation in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Cutting Red Tape programme. They are calling for business’ thoughts and experiences and how local authority regulation can work better for industry needs.

The review will take into account burdens imposed by planning and building control, construction regulations, food safety, standards and hygiene, environmental protection and health and safety amongst others.

More information for business that may want to contribute to the review is available by emailing: