25 September 2020

New partnership with Be the Business to help fuel economic recovery

Be the Business, the Heart of the South West LEP, TDA and Destination Management Organisations across Devon and Somerset announce a new partnership to support hospitality and tourism leaders in rebuilding their business post-lockdown.

Be the Business is a government supported, business-led, non-profit organisation set-up to close the UK’s productivity gap. It aims to support every business owner in the country to improve their businesses productivity and competitiveness in response to Covid-19. The partnership aims to help the South West economy get back on its feet by supporting businesses to recover, renew and rebuild.

Be the Business will work with local partners to deliver a range of free products to tourism and hospitality businesses across the Heart of the South West area of Devon and Somerset, including:

  • 1-2-1 business surgery calls with an industry specialist
  • Peer-to-peer action learning groups: Groups of up to six business leaders can meet online with an executive coach to share experiences, discuss challenges and combine expertise to support one another in rebuilding businesses
  • Online masterclasses: A series of eight online masterclasses that will discuss the big business strategies that can be applied as small business tactics. 

Alexander Rushton, Hospitality Programme Manager at Be the Business, said:

“The South West is full of ambitious people and businesses and it’s clear that the next six months are key to business recovery. By working with locally driven partners, Be the Business can reach and support every hospitality and tourism business across the South West.”

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“The Heart of the South West has seen mercifully low cases of COVID-19 but has been amongst the hardest hit areas economically due to its dependence on sectors most affected by lockdown. There are a number of crucial initiatives that the LEP is working on to support businesses across the Heart of the South West, across all sectors, and business are urged to contact our Growth Hub for advice and support to restart, revitalise and grow.

“Be the Business is another important programme which further supports our tourism and hospitality businesses. Our joint efforts demonstrate further partnership working in the region to enable business recovery and help build resilience for the future, while protecting jobs.

Businesses interested to find out more and to sign up to the programme should visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/hosweoi or email hospitality@bethebusiness.com or contact programme lead, Alexander Rushton, on 07887 775003.

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