Whether its operating more efficiently, trading overseas, increasing sales in the domestic market, acquiring new customers or increasing repeat business from your existing client base there are numerous ways to grow in business.

Further Information

Often business growth will require a step change in the way you operate or some external or other type of investment in the company and a new approach to the way your business works.

Growing businesses is essential to protecting the life blood of the economy of the Heart of the South West area and creating high value jobs for future generations. Business support services and events aimed at high growth or growth potential businesses are listed on this page along with events.

The Growth Hub team are on hand to talk to you about your business goals and help you to find the best support available to move your plans forward. ‘Get in Touch’ with the Growth Hub team today.


Useful links

Trade Associations – Joining a trade association can provide several benefits to businesses such as directory listings, networking opportunities, training, legal advice and discounted membership for industry-related services.  There will be a membership cost for joining which new and established businesses will need to carefully consider. List of trade associations can be found here –

The Entrepreneurial Spark – a free people accelerator open to businesses at any stage of development, from initial concept right through to turning over millions of pounds. The programmes are tailor-made to suit your business whatever stage you’re at. The nearest Hub: Bristol          –

Premises Advice – visit the Start Up Donut website for advice on finding business premises –

To find out how the Growth Hub can help your business, contact our team today on 03456 047 047 or use our online form

business-support-icon-60px-01Business support programmes

    • Heart of the South West Scale-Up Programme
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Support programme for businesses in the Heart of the South West area looking to Scale-up.
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    • Impact Lab - Devon
    • Devon
    • The Impact Lab provides deep technical assistance to Devon SMEs that have a big data and/or environmental futures opportunity to address in order to grow to the next level. This is achieved through a substantial package of fully funded support which will be tailored to the need of your business and project.
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    • Creative Innovation and Growth Programme (CIAG)
    • Devon
    • The Creative Innovation & Growth (CIAG) Programme supports Adult Social Care businesses and organisations in Devon. There are three elements within this package: the CIAG Grants Fund; CIAG Business Support; & CIAG Leadership Development.
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    • Growth Hub's Growth Support Service
    • Devon
    • Fully funded one to one advice session with a Business Adviser providing you with an opportunity to speak to an expert adviser about your ambitions.
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    • RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme
    • Devon
    • Funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
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    • University of Exeter Internships
    • Devon
    • The University of Exeter Internships team help SW employers recruit talented student and graduate interns into challenging paid roles.
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    • Innovate UK
    • Devon
    • If you want to develop an innovative product, process or service, you may be able to apply for funding of between £25,000 and £10 million through Innovate UK.
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    • Enhance Social Enterprise - Heart of the South West
    • Devon
    • Existing social enterprises will be supported to develop and launch new products and services as well as entering new markets. There will also be support for voluntary and community sector groups that want to transition into trading social enterprises as well as budding social entrepreneurs in need of help to develop their ideas to start trading
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    • South Hams Business Support
    • South Hams
    • A range of fully funded advice and guidance for new or existing businesses in the South Hams District Council area.
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    • Rural Enterprise Hub
    • Mid Devon
    • A Devon Communities Together project funded by the Prince's Countryside Fund. A targeted programme of training for entrepreneurs, community social enterprises, and start-up businesses across Devon's rural communities.
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    • Growth Support Programme
    • Devon
    • This programme provides eligible businesses with up to 12 hours of support from a local business adviser, focusing on key business topics such as Digital, Finance, HR, Marketing and Innovation. The Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
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    • Taunton Deane Borough Council - Business Support
    • Taunton Deane
    • A selection of business support services from Taunton Deane Borough Council
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    • Enterprise Mendip
    • Mendip
    • Business support services from Mendip District Council
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    • Business Mentors South West
    • Devon
    • Free mentoring service for businesses in Devon and Somerset.
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    • West Devon Business Support
    • West Devon
    • New or trading businesses in West Devon borough council area can access free 1 to 1 advice from a qualified business adviser.
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    • Cornerstone Mentoring
    • Somerset
    • Cornerstone Enterprise Support Limited (Cornerstone) offer a business mentoring service in Somerset.
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    • South Somerset District Council Business Support
    • South Somerset
    • South Somerset District Council offers free one to one Business Advice for start-ups and existing businesses on general business issues but also specific council services related enquiries.
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    • Business & Intellectual Property Centre (Exeter and Barnstaple Library)
    • Devon
    • Exeter Library is part of the Business and Intellectual Property Centre network. As a Business and Intellectual Property Centre they follow a programme and ethos developed by Business and Intellectual Property Centre at the British Library, London, providing support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors.
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    • University of Plymouth – Enterprise Solutions
    • Devon
    • Plymouth Universities Enterprise Solutions offers a wide range of support to businesses. Enterprise Solutions is your gateway to accessing Plymouth University’s expertise, talent and facilities. Their aim is to give you the support you need, when you need it.
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icon-events-60pxEvents and workshops

    • DPN | Funded* WordPress Website Design & Management Course - Exeter (April/May)
    • 09 April 2020
    • Exeter
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    • Accelerating Women's Enterprise | Plymouth Programme
    • 16 April 2020
    • Plymouth
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    • Innovate UK / EEN - EUREKA Global Business Innovation Programme to South Korea
    • 23 May 2020
    • Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP), delivered by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), is recruiting up to 30 innovative SMEs with emerging advanced manufacturing and advanced materials technologies
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    • Accelerating Women's Programme | Minehead Programme
    • 10 June 2020
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    • Accelerating Women's Enterprise | Weekend programme
    • 27 June 2020
    • Totnes
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