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Create Growth Programme for Devon creative sector

Creative UK is launching the Devon Create Growth Programme for creative businesses in Devon after helping Devon County Council to deliver a successful funding application from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The programme is aimed at companies, CICs and charities in the design, fashion, architecture, film, broadcast, createch, gaming, immersive, publishing, music, theatre, art, heritage, craft and media sectors in Devon, who are invited to a launch event on Monday 12 February at…

Join the Skills Revolution for your New Year’s Resolution

Petroc is encouraging North Devon businesses to “play your part in shaping the workforce of the future”:  By hosting a T Level student work placement, you could inspire and change the career path of a young learner in your local area, while benefitting from new skills within your business at no additional cost. What are T Levels and how can they help your business? Connecting with local businesses  We are currently seeking forward-thinking Construction industry…

North Devon Business Awards 2024 now open

The fifth annual North Devon Business Awards are now open for entries with 14 categories offering the opportunity for every business in the area to enter. The awards are free to enter for every business based or operating in North Devon and there are no costs involved at any stage, apart from the price of tickets to the Winners Celebration on Thursday 9 May 2024 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. “It’s important that the awards…

Lyn Valley Dog House is #SmallBiz100 small business champion

Jacquie Dove, owner of The Lyn Valley Dog House in Lynton, was one of hundreds of small businesses joining a special reception at the House of Lords in November to celebrate the upcoming Small Business Saturday.  Small Business Saturday is on 2 December 2023 to celebrate small business success and encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support businesses in their communities.   Hosted by Small Business Saturday, in partnership with the campaign’s founder and principal supporter American Express,…

Rural England Prosperity fund open for £25,000 grants

Eligible North Devon businesses can apply for Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKPSF). The central government grants are being channelled through North Devon Council and Torridge District Council to North Devon+, which is managing the grant process. The grants aim to address productivity and prosperity, especially in rural areas, and are targeted at small and micro businesses, with up to 50…

£200m growth fund supports starting and scaling up

A new region-wide fund has been launched by the British Business Bank to support new and growing small businesses in the South West. The £200m South West Investment Fund (SWIF) covers the entire South West region and provides loans from £25k to £2m and equity investment up to £5m to help a range of small and medium-sized businesses to start up, scale up or stay ahead. The purpose of SWIF is to drive sustainable economic…

Free, flexible training for entrepreneurs, small businesses & employees

Building Growth, part of the YTKO Group, is providing a series of skills bootcamps for businesses in Devon. If you are looking for training courses to boost your career, help you start-up or run your business then Skills Bootcamps could help.  Focusing on key skills to boost your knowledge in key topics in just eight weeks, these courses are free and available to all residents of Devon.  Topics include: Digital Marketing – social media, advertising,…

HotSW Growth Hub launches digital support

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub has launched a new service offering free, fully funded one-to-one digital business support. Businesses in North Devon, the rest of the county and Somerset can receive dedicated time with their digital business advisers, tailored to meet their unique business needs. An initial digital business review will identify digital solutions that align with the goals of a business. Next, the adviser will take a deep dive into its…

Devon Business Show | Wednesday 11 October 2023

Devon Business Show organised by Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce returns to Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday 11 October. Exhibition zones at this year’s show include: ➤ Business Services ➤ Digital, Media & Technology ➤ Retail, Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality ➤ Sustainability  ➤ Education and Skills  ➤ Marine, Construction and Manufacturing  Connecting Devon business At the 2022 show, 816 people passed through the doors with social media reach in excess of 30,000. Live podcasts streamed…

King’s Awards for Enterprise now open for entries

How can you display the official King’s Award for Enterprise emblem for your business? That’s what Mark Ansell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, answered on stage at the North Devon Business Awards. After the success of one of our 2022 winners – Moo Free Chocolates – in receiving the King’s Award for Enterprise, Mark is encouraging more North Devon businesses to apply.  Any business with two or more full-time employees (or equivalent part-time workers) can…