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About us

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub offer free business advice and support services to businesses in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay. Whether you need advice on how to access funding, business planning or on a specific business challenge, we can help.

Our Growth Hub Advisers are experienced in helping businesses at all stages of development.  We can connect you to funded support schemes to meet your specific needs and have access to useful resources and free workshops to help your business develop and grow.

Heart of the SW LEP area mapThe Growth Hub is the main mechanism for engaging with businesses across the area. Our service works in partnership with existing local and national business support services to help businesses access the right support. We are keen to promote local training, workshops or services which can assist local businesses on our workshops and events pages.

We understand the challenges that you face whilst building and growing a business. The team is here to help you overcome these so you can enjoy the incomparable reward of living in the heart of the South West.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub service is funded by the Department for Business and Trade. Somerset Council is the Accountable Body and Plymouth City Council is the Managing Authority. The Heart of the South West Growth Hub service is managed and delivered by Devon County Council.

Where we cover

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub covers Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

We can help businesses at any stage of operation, of any size and from any sector. You can easily check whether your business sits within a Local Authority area that we cover below:

The Team

We’re Small But Mighty…

  • David Hynd, Programme and Partnerships Manager
  • Caz Kennedy, Business Support Adviser
  • Jill Beglan, Business Support Adviser
  • Blue Tvedt, Business Support Adviser
  • Kristie Herd, Digital Business Connector
  • Peter Doyle, Digital Business Adviser
  • Lisa Lessware, Digital Business Adviser
  • Helen Young, Marketing Officer
  • Roger Bonaparte, Project Assistant

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