Are you a GREAT Face of British Business?

Do you run a small business based in the UK?

Have you gone above and beyond to help grow your business or conjured up innovative ways to help profits soar?

If so, enter now and you could be crowned one of next GREAT Faces of British Business, in association with BT.

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign has partnered with BT to search for the most exciting and inspiring small businesses Britain has to offer. The competition is seeking to find the best of British innovation and expansion, across the country in the following categories:

- Best exporter

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Devon and Somerset - 'Get up to Speed'

The Get up to Speed service is calling for volunteers from Devon or Somerset to become a digital champion for their business or community.  Digital Champions are volunteers who have an enthusiasm for digital technology and an understanding of how faster broadband can impact on all our digital lives. Champions will be updated regularly about the programme and events they are putting on and invited to Champion events to learn more about superfast broadband, it’s benefits for businesses and community and other valuable subjects.

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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Queens awards

If you think your business deserves to be recognised as one of the very best, enter The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious business awards. You could soon gain recognition for your business excellence.

The Awards are bestowed each year by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of the winners’ outstanding achievements. There are three categories: Innovation, International Trade
and Sustainable Development. Entry is open to all UK-based companies employing a minimum of two full-time people or equivalent.

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Women in Broadband

Connecting Devon and Somerset has won £75,000 for a fund due to start in September, supporting women in rural areas who are looking to start their own businesses or grow existing ones.

The money will be used to equip them with the latest digital skills they need to succeed.

Business clubs offering peer to peer support, mentoring, digital clinics, networking opportunities and events will be some of the activities available.

Microsoft to drop support for outdated web browsers

Microsoft have announced that anyone using older versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser will soon no longer get security updates and bug fixes for the software.  From 12 January 2016 Microsoft will only support the latest copy of IE for the different versions of Windows.

For more information visit

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E-commerce support from The Digital Marketplace

The Digital Marketplace is a unique service that is funded by the Regional Growth Fund and provided in partnership with UK Trade & Investment. The service imparts expert knowledge in a workshop format to businesses in the south-west that are looking for advice on how to sell online successfully or grow their business through national and international e-commerce.

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How digital is your business and does it make a difference?

As an organisation that is delivering tailored ‘faster broadband’ business advice, we’re always interested when new research is published. It’s useful to see changes in attitude, approach or impact of new technology and compare them with our own experiences. The recent Lloyds Bank Digital index is certainly worth a review by anyone involved in business and business support.

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BIS News: £73 million to improve access to data and drive innovation

Speaking at a GovNet conference on high performance computing and big data later today (6 February 2014), David Willetts will outline details of the projects that help bring large sets of complex data into usable formats that can inform research and analysis. It is estimated that the big data market will benefit the UK economy by £216 billion and create 58,000 new jobs before 2017. The 55 projects receiving investment will drive innovation in a number of diverse areas, including developing a better understanding of human disease, tackling obesity and solving transport problems.
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Re-imagining work

One of the Superfast Business team was recently conducting a bit of research around flexible working, and came across a video on YouTube of Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft talking about how the world of work is changing - how technology helps and hinders!  We would like to share our find so we've made it available on our Knowledge Hub click the following link to view this short video and don't forget to


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