What’s on Offer?

The Start Up & Grow Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  It has been made available to support pre-start businesses who have the potential for growth and to create employment opportunities.

The intensive support package may include a mix of:

  • One-to-one advice with an experienced business advisor.
  • Business skills workshops.
  • Telephone and email support – culminating in the preparation of a plan for the business.

The support will cover all aspects of setting up and growing the business including, but not limited to, business and financial planning, marketing, taxation and human resources.


The initiative is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding provided by all local authorities in the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) area and two of the delivery partners.

Who’s it for?

New start businesses from all sectors excluding agriculture, fisheries, horticulture and transport.  Must be based in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset or Torbay.  This programme does not cover North Somerset or BANES.

Contact Information

There are 5 delivery partners covering different local authority areas of Devon and Somerset – Somerset Business Agency, TDA, Outset, North Devon+, BIP.

To find out who delivers this support in your area, you can contact the Growth Hub team on 03456 047 047.


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