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. 

  • Attracting Graduate Talent in a Tough Climate

    Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2021 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In the current climate, recruitment is tough. Use our experience to maximise your chances of attracting graduate talent. Your job ad is competing with hundreds, and probably thousands, of others. Employment is at an all time high, skills shortages abound, and lots of potential candidates don’t feel secure enough to make the jump to a new job. Record numbers of graduates have opted for postgrad ...

  • Expertise Required to deliver iMayflower Project Tech & Business Bootcamp and Enterprise Incubation Programme

    Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2021 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Request for Quotation (RFQ) Plymouth College of Art is currently reviewing the provision of External Expertise Services for the Smart Citizens Tech & Business Bootcamp and the Ignite Business Programme and has issued a formal Request for Quotation. Plymouth is one of only five cities across the UK to be in receipt of investment from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). CDF is a new funding ...

  • Challenge the Experts!

    Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Impact Lab Innovation Live SMEs - do you have a business challenge that would benefit from some expert input? Then Impact Lab Innovation Live might be just the thing for you! We are seeking your innovation challenge ideas for a live online event. We welcome submissions that are relevant to any of the following themes: Artificial intelligence and machine learning. Data analytics or data ...

  • STEM Graduates into Business

    Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    STEM Graduates into Business: Let’s plan for the future The University of Plymouth’s STEM Graduates into Business project is here to help make 2021 more positive for your business. With incentive payments of up to £3,600, small and medium-sized businesses in Devon can get financial and recruitment support to hire a STEM graduate. Providing flexibility to businesses, funding for three, six, nine ...

  • Job Boards Overtake Careers Fairs as Favoured Recruitment Method

    Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life and graduate recruitment is no exception. Traditionally a face-to-face activity, the need for social distancing has forced companies – and especially those running high volume annual recruitment drives - to make big changes to their recruitment methods. The latest Institute of Student Employers' annual Student Recruitment Survey reveals how the ...

  • Graduate Applications: The Corona Effect

    Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    With the media awash with gloomy predictions for graduates entering the labour market, it would be reasonable to assume that there will be a marked increase in the number of applications to vacancy ratio. Ironically, we are finding that, for graduate roles in the south west, this is not always the case. Anecdotally, we hear that many graduates are feeling 'pushed' into further study as the only ...

  • Kickstart Scheme

    Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Kickstart Scheme Funding Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a ...

  • News, Training & Funding Opportunities from Gradsouthwest - Recruiter Update July 2020

    Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this July 2020 issue: A Plan for Jobs - Kickstart Scheme | Is graduate recruitment recovering? | Office for Talent | Gradsouthwest runs "Working in the SW" webinar with the University of Exeter | Free Recruitment Advertising | A Plan for Jobs - Kickstart Scheme The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020, to outline how the ...

  • A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme

    Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘ Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020, to outline how the government will boost job creation in the UK. The plan includes: A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and ...

  • Office for Talent

    Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The government has created a new ‘Office for Talent’ to make it easier for scientists, researchers and innovators to settle in the UK. The announcement by business secretary Alok Sharma on 1 July 2020 is part of a research and development (R&D) roadmap, which is under a broader plan to help the UK economy regroup after the impact from the Covid-19 outbreak. It follows the government’s pledge to ...