Welcome to Thrive!
How can Thrive help my business?
Thrive is here to support you to make your business the best it can be. Whether you are looking for ways to increase your turnover, grow your business or just do things more efficiently so that you can spend more time on the things you enjoy doing, Thrive can help.
If you are a sole trader, micro business or limited company in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset (excluding BANES), contact us now to see if you are eligible to access four modules of business advice, support and training. Funding from the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) means this is completely free to eligible businesses in the Heart of the South West area.
We know that the needs of a sole trader working from home will be different from a SME with premises and staff to manage. As a business owner, you will have specific strengths and areas you would like to improve. Thrive is a bespoke service using specialist advisors who will work with you to identify what would most help your business.
You will be able to access four modules of support with each module lasting for 3 hours. Your four modules (or 12 hours in total) can be made up of a combination of the following to suit your needs:
- A 3-hour review meeting leading to a development plan for your business
- 1-2-1 sessions focusing on your particular needs
- Webinars on relevant business topics
Through Thrive, a business will typically receive one 1-2-1 session followed by attending several workshops and webinars. Sessions may be online (via Zoom, Teams or Skype) or in person at the discretion of the business advisor.
What will it cover?
Webinars and 1-2-1 sessions will cover a range of topics that will support your business and can include:
- Digital support, which aims to increase growth and business efficiency through digital means e.g. improving your website, SEO, how to make the most of social media, Google Analytics etc
- Human Resources
- Business Planning
- Road to reopening
Agricultural support – With so much change going on in the agricultural industry, we can help you work out what’s right for your farm business. Sit down with one of our experienced agricultural advisors who can assess your business, make sense of the latest schemes such as SFI, and develop a plan to get you where you need to go. We are also running free workshops on:
- Tree planting
- SFI soils standards
- Digital skills
- Financial forecasting
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 and Non-ERDF eligible businesses based in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset. This service does not cover North Somerset or BANES.
Who provides the business support?
Devon County Council have contracted three specialist business support companies to deliver this on our behalf. They are:
- North Devon + covering North Devon, Torridge and West Devon
- Business Information Point (BIP) covering Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset and the rest of Devon
- Cosmic covering digital support across the whole area
Thrive is now accepting applications. Please fill in the form below to express your interest.
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
Below are events associated to the Thrive Business Support Programme that you may find useful.
- Family Business Succession in Farming
Date: 11 July 2022 | Location:
- Cash Flow and Financial Forecasting
Date: 13 July 2022 | Location:
- Digital Strategy for Small Businesses
Date: 22 July 2022 | Location:
- Marketing Made Easy
Date: 01 August 2022 | Location:
- Small Business Sustainability: Reaching Net Zero
Date: 02 August 2022 | Location: