Business Blog

Welcome to our blog. Our monthly newsletter plus ad hoc updates linking your business to support, talent and funding opportunities from universities and business support organisations across south west England. 

  • Support our bid for funding for SW businesses!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Gradsouthwest Team4 comments

    We're working in partnership with universities on a bid to secure funding to help creative arts students and graduates secure better graduate jobs. A core part of the bid is funding towards the costs of hosting an internship; a salary subsidy so that businesses can benefit from a short term injection of creative skills at reduced costs. We're also looking at funding for mentoring, skills ...

  • Access to Finance in Cornwall

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Finance is a tricky topic that can take some skill to navigate successfully. That’s where Access to Finance Cornwall comes in. They’ve got 30 years experience of supporting entrepreneurs. They work with both new and established companies in Cornwall who want to learn about what is right financially for their business as well as high growth companies looking to raise investment. They’re fully ...

  • Vote for a new free service!

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Vote for a new free service! We're getting lots of enquiries from students interested in short term paid internships, work experience and summer jobs. We currently advertise very few and believe that recruiters may be put off by the cost. To keep our service relevant to students, we're considering offering free job adverts for these types of vacancy based in the south west and want to assess ...

  • Exhibit at the Big Careers Event for Free!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Gradsouthwest Team1 comment

    FREE Careers fair opportunity for employers Connect with new industry talent at the Hartpury University and College Big Careers event on Tuesday 5 February 2019 in Gloucestershire. You’ll meet skilled and driven individuals, passionate about making a difference in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing sectors. As one of the UK’s leading specialist education providers, our ...

  • Graduate Flows: Where do south west students and graduates end up working? Where do new graduate employees in the south west come from?

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Spoiler alert: the answer to both is the south west! It is often assumed that graduates are highly mobile and select their location of work after they graduate based on the best career options open to them. This is actually far from the truth – graduates really aren’t all that mobile. The latest data from HESA gives us an insight into graduate flows for the 2016-17 graduate cohort^. Let’s start ...

  • Innovation… are you an innovative business?

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The Government’s most recent UK Innovation Survey has just been published. The report contains some key messages for the south west and for employers and graduates. Within the English regions, there was an increase in firms reporting innovation activity in the south west and declines in all other regions. This is good news for the south west at least. It is clear that workforce skills to create ...

  • Recruiter update - October 2018

    Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this October 2018 issue: ~ The Torbay and South Devon Jobs Fair ~ Autumn Careers Fairs ~ Student placements - adding value to your business ~ Top Tips: Job Descriptions & Person Specifications ~ Business Resources ~ Round Up of Business Events ~ Recommend us on Facebook ~ ...

  • Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update September 2018

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this September 2018 issue: ~ Launch of the Gradsouthwest Graduate Scheme Directory 2018/19~ Package changes & new prices from 1st October 2018 ~ Autumn Careers Fairs ~ Top Tips:Salary Matters! ~Testimonials Needed~Round Up of Business Events ~ Venturefest Consultation~ New Gradsouthwest South West ...

  • New Directory of South West Graduate Schemes Published

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Gradsouthwest, the graduate job board for south west England, has today issued the 2018/9 edition of its' popular South West Graduate Scheme Directory. First published last year, and with over 200 entries, the directory highlights the great variety and choice open to graduates in a bid to retain their skills in the region. Entries in the Directory are free of charge and the publication is ...

  • Graduate salaries – what should you be offering?

    Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Average earnings data for graduates is available to prospective students on the Government’s Unistats website. We believe the data suggests a sweet spot salary of £19-25K for graduates entering the workplace.  The Unistats site draws on new data from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset which links student data with data from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department of ...