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Free business tips and advice - Join over 1,700 subscribers

We provide over 1,700 people regular advice, news and information via our fortnightly newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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Enterprise Clubs - Be Your Own Boss

Being self-employed or starting a new business can be a great way to make a living, working the hours that suit you and an opportunity to do something you enjoy.

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More Volunteer Business Mentors Needed

Could you use your business experience to be a Volunteer Mentor and help unemployed people to start in business?

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Volunteer Business Mentors needed

BIP needs experienced business people with a few hours to spare. Join our network of volunteers and help a budding entrepreneur with their business plan. See this article for more info.

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Business Grant Funding - Finding the Right Funding for your Business

If you are looking for advice on raising finance then this workshop is a must for you to attend!

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More Volunteer Mentors Urgently needed

BIP urgently need more people with business experience to act as volunteer mentors

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Okehampton Supply Chain Research Survey

Okehampton Businesses - Have Your Say!

How has your business been affected by the recent closures and job losses in Okehampton?

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Food Production Takes Centre Stage

What's the link between the Irish economy and the unrest in Egypt? At first glance not much, however food prices may hold the key to the outcome of events in both countries.

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Starting in Business? Come & Talk about it with BIP

Why not attend a FREE Let's Talk starting in Business workshop. If you know what you want to do and really believe you can do it, this workshop can really help!

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Business In Bloom

Cornwall Today features one of the many clients BIP has helped.

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Cornish Farming Industry Benefits From European Cash

A business scheme designed specifically to inject European cash into the heart of the Cornish farming industry is proving a huge success.

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Cornish Farmers Celebrate Success Of Business Support Scheme

A new business initiative designed to help Cornish farmers has transformed family and work life at one farm in Hayle.

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European Cash Boosts Local Equestrian Business

A school secretary has been given the opportunity to expand and develop her equestrian business thanks to a scheme designed specifically to support Cornwall's agricultural industry.

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Llama Take Advantage Of European Cash And Think To The Future

Llama Lland, near Truro, has an exciting new future thanks to a business scheme designed specifically to help and support Cornish farmers.

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Rural Areas Set for Renaissance?


This might seem a very optimistic statement given the doom and gloom that surrounds the UK and European economies at the moment, but I do believe there are a number of factors that give cause for a positive outlook.Nationally, there are a number of initiatives that have raised the prospects of rural areas seeing more resources being allocated as government seeks to rebalance the economy. Firstly Defra have just announced the creation of 14 Rural and Farming Networks. These would have direct contact with government, meaning they would be able to directly shape future rural policies. Networks representing different areas of England would identify and feed back local issues and concerns straight to the government, in order to make policies more rural-friendly. They would make a direct link between rural areas and the government, creating new opportunities to develop better and more targeted policy.Secondly the government is to review the formula that helps decide how much money local authorities receive to provide rural services. The pledge is contained in the government's response to a consultation on proposals enabling councils to keep a share of business rates they collect rather than paying them to Whitehall. Published on Monday (19 December), the response will be seen as a boost for rural local authorities who have long campaigned for a fairer funding deal from central government.
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Electronic Chatter or a Real Chat?


I find I now spend some of my spare time on the internet and find forums a good source of information. Usually its farming, enterprise or rugby related; there you know all my interests now!
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