‘Adapt and Thrive’ - fully-funded bespoke support for businesses in East Devon

To help businesses in East Devon at this challenging time, East Devon District Council are funding a £40,000 package of Business Support.

The support programmes, delivered by Cosmic and Business Information Point, will include packages of training, advice and direct consultancy. This is specific, tailored support for East Devon businesses over and above any other regional support.

Whether your business sales strategy needs changing to reflect changes in buying-habits, or your staff need support with working remotely – this programme of free support specific to your business, will offer you invaluable guidance on how to adapt and thrive at this time. The programme will be shaped by the businesses that engage and will be wrapped around their requirements, with a flexible offering of training, advice and consultancy, on a broad range of topics.

The Adapt and Thrive programme aims to work with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from the largest businesses to start-ups and established SMEs.

Training and advice could cover aspects such as financial management and business strategies; adapting to change; managing staff culture; agile project management; marketing tactics; or adopting new digital solutions and processes.

Upcoming training sessions can be booked by any eligible business based in East Devon. There will also be a four-part Start-Up Business Programme for budding entrepreneurs starting soon.

If you are interested in registering for support and would like an initial consultation, complete this simple enquiry form, or find out more here.

Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides the key access point for business support in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

The Growth Hub service is the point of contact for both new and established businesses seeking business support. The team are on hand to answer your questions or make referrals to experts in specialist areas.

The Growth Hub is able to assist any business sector and any business size, and offers this service completely free at point of access for all businesses seeking advice.

This service will provide:

  • Online business advisers to talk through your business goals with you and put you in touch with the best support to help you achieve them.
  • Outreach events and workshops will be run across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership area.
  • The web portal will provide access to information about all business support currently available in your local area as well as links to national programs. You will also find full listings of local business support events and workshops.
  • Information provision - monthly e-newsletters provide updates on support services available to businesses such as advice, grants, funding, events and workshops and key business topics such as sales, marketing or public procurement opportunities.

Your first step is to get in touch. Simply telephone: 03456 047 047 or visit the Growth Hub website.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service is delivered by Peninsula Enterprise on behalf of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. The Growth Hub service is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Winter Economy Plan

On 24 September 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

It includes a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead. The package includes a new Job Support Scheme to protect millions of returning workers, extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and a 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans. Read the winter economy plan