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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
  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Innovation
  • Marketing
  • 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

Contact Information

Thrive is now accepting applications. Please fill in the form below to express your interest.

    So that we can help direct you to the right support, please answer the following 3 questions.

    The question will help to ensure that you receive the right support through Thrive.

    • Fisheries & aquaculture
    • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
    • Coal, steel & Shipbuilding
    • Banking and Insurance
    • Synthetic fibres
    • School age education
    • Decommissioning or construction of nuclear power stations

    You must:

    • have an annual turnover of less than €50m (approx. £42m)
    • have a balance sheet value of less than €43m (approx. £36m)
    • employ fewer than 250 people
    • be less than 25% owned by another company or combination of companies

    Support from Thrive will be provided under the De Minimis Regulation (1407/2013) which allows businesses to receive up to €200,000 of State Aid assistance over a 3-year period. The State Aid rules cover ANY public funding that you have received during the current and previous 2 financial years.

    We will require you to declare previous funding before receiving additional support to ensure that the value of the assistance you receive via Thrive does not bring you over the €200,000 threshold.

    Thank you answering our questions. You are not eligible for Thrive support at this time. However, our Growth Hub advisers may be able to find you some alternative business support. Please contact our team on 03456 047 047 or Get in touch - Growth Hub ("

    Your details

    If you do not know which district your business is based in please use the postcode checker on the GOV.UK website

    The Heart of the South West Growth Hub Service for All is receiving up to £781,965 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Growth Hub Service for All project is operating under the name Thrive. The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council, working with business support providers including; BIP, Cosmic, and North Devon +. Our full privacy policy can be found on the Growth Hub website.

    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