What’s on Offer?

If you are a sole trader, micro business or limited company in Devon or Somerset, including Plymouth and Torbay, you can register your interest in receiving either 3 or 12 hours of business advice, support and training with the Growth Support Programme. The support on offer is funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and completely free to eligible businesses in the Heart of the South West area (Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth). The programme includes:

  1. An initial 3 hour meeting with one of the experienced delivery partner business advisers, resulting in a realistic growth plan for your business and areas identified where additional support will benefit. At the moment these meetings are held online (via Zoom, Teams or Skype).
  2. After this initial meeting, you will be offered the opportunity to commit to a further 9 hours of free advice, in the form of more 121 sessions (for your individual needs) or with webinars covering different topics.  This includes digital support, which aims to increase growth and business efficiency through digital means.  Other advice also includes:
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning
  • Road to reopening

As part of this support package, you will also be signposted to external agencies, such as local and specialist business support organisations, training providers and trading standards.

Who’s it for?

ERDF eligible businesses based in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. This programme does not cover North Somerset or BANES.

Businesses who meet the eligibility criteria can benefit from the Growth Support Programme. You can view the customer journey here.

Contact Information

Apply now using the ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM


The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme project is receiving up to £1,294,302 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council, working with the following delivery partners: BIP, Cosmic, North Devon +, Somerset Business Agency and YTKO. You can read the data privacy notice for the Programme here Growth Support Programme GDPR Privacy Notice.

Can’t find the support service you are looking for?

If you would like to talk to one of our advisers about your business support needs so that we can match you to the most appropriate support available locally contact the Growth Hub today.

03456 047 047