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Our Supplier Directory provides listings of companies that deliver business support services in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. You can filter organisations by location, type of support provided such as consultancy, mentoring, events and also by business topic such as start-up, finance, developing and growing.
The Heart of the South West Growth Hub would always advise you to independently verify that suppliers listed in the directory meet with your needs and that you seek suitable references if required.
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Safe Systems Consultancy Ltd
At Safe Systems Consultancy we are here to support you in keeping your staff and visitors safe at work, so that you can continue to do what you do best – growing your business, confident that you have competent advice and support when you need it.
We see ourselves as part of your team – working with you to help keep your business and those associated with it safe and helping you maintain legal, professional and industry specific compliance.
We can work with you in one of two ways – either as part of our VIP scheme where you subscribe to a package of services that best suits your business needs or on a consultancy basis.
We can support you with any aspects of Health and Safety that you need within your business - from one off documentation to full managed support, in-house training, accredited courses or instant e-training, audits, inspections, accident and fire risk assessments - we are more than happy to help you with it and simplify the complicated world of H&S legislation for you.
Please feel free to get in contact and book a time for a no-obligation initial consultation - just ring the office on 01749 686766 or email Elaine at email@example.com and let us help you free up time for running your business and give you some peace of mind that the essentials are covered.
Salston Associates Ltd
We provide practical, hands-on management support to organisations in the SW, including owner-managed and family businesses, who want to grow, prepare for handover or sale, or simply need assistance to improve their profitability, management expertise, or ways of working.
- Supporting the owners, managers and key employees in the business, to improve operational performance and organisation structure
- Managing the business, or specific projects, on a temporary (interim) basis to cover absence or a management / skills shortage
- Improving processes and systems to make the business run more efficiently, by introducing ‘lean’ operating principles and ‘best practice’ techniques
- Business turnarounds and change management programme
- Strategic planning using the ‘Salston Strategic Targeting Matrix’© to identify & quantify options, assess relative competitive strength, and create targeted action plans
- Getting the business in the best shape for handover, sale or new ownership
- Understanding which parts of the business really generate the most profit, using activity-based costing techniques and developing effective management information controls
- Job profiling, recruitment support and interview training
- Developing strategies, business plans and marketing plans, and aligning the organisation to make them happen
- Managing cashflow and funding requirements
- Mentoring, coaching & supporting managers & key employees
- Access to funding support for qualifying companies
We will work with the business to ensure that the solutions are effective; to transfer the necessary skills and knowledge; and train the team to ensure that the business becomes self-sufficient.
We provide strategic Public Relations and marketing consultancy to organisations of all sizes and types across the South West of England. We provide training in leadership, public relations, marketing and digital technology for professional institutes, training consortia and individual clients across the UK.
Our focus is on managing your reputation because how the world sees your business is fundamental to its success. We are always happy to have an initial conversation to find out if we are the right people to help you take your business forward.
SecureB2B help SME businesses become "CyberSecure" & "CyberResilient" via Enterprise-grade cloud and subscription-based technology solutions - Delivered as a Service.
We also help SME's attain compliance to regulations an standards such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on the 25th May 2018. If an SME processes personal data of any EU citizens (including staff), then that business will have to be GDPR compliant - or risk severe penalties.
Most SME's purely rely on anti-virus and firewalls as cyber-defences to protect their business assets. But what happens when a data-breach occurs? You need internal monitoring on a 24x7 basis to rapidly detect the breach and gather data to understand the nature of the breach, and how to recover from it ... fast! This is precisely what we do.
Through delivering "Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) we eliminate the complexity and cost issues that often prevent an SME from acquiring such high-grade IT security technology to protect the entire business. We therefore help the SME organisation protect it's core business throughout the Supply-Chain infrastructure - including its staff, business-revenues, brand-value, customers, partners & suppliers.
We are based in Frome, Somerset - and work for SME's throughout the UK.
Securious are based in the Exeter Science Park. We are an independent specialist cyber security company and focus on building cyber security confidence through the use of highly qualified staff providing recognised compliance standards including:
-Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) - we are a qualified security assessor (PCI QSA) company
-ISO 27001, the international standard for information security and have qualified ISO 27001 lead implemetors and lead auditors and have launched and ISO 27001 Academy aimed at assisting SMEs to achieve this accrediation in a collaborative and cost effective way.
-Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus - we are a certification body for the government backed scheme
-Penetration Testing and vulnerability scanning
-Security Incident and Event monitoring (SIEM) and Security Operation Centre (SOC) solution.
-Cyber Security as a Service - providing an ongoing solution paid monthly.
-Cyber security awareness training.
Shadow Foundr is the crowdfunding platform that lets you follow the lead of experienced investors before committing to an opportunity. All of our opportunities are funded to a minimum of 30% before they appear on the platform, meaning your investment has serious backing before you commit.
Silver Moor Business Consulting LLP
Silver Moor is a consulting practice that develops and implements effective solutions to risk-related business problems. These can be business efficiency risks, safety risks or risks affecting how effective the organisation is (or is perceived to be by its customers).
The focus of our work is managing the 'human factor'. This involves investigating business processes, features of the workplace and the organisational culture to understand why people are behaving the way they do. With this understanding we can develop and implement changes to create lasting benefits. These may include:
- Business skills training
- Director or senior manager mentoring
- Business process design and improvement
- Problem-solving workshops and workgroups
Mentor to today\'s and tomorrow\'s leaders. Leadership development; change management.
Is your business getting to that stage where you need to increase your team, to re-structure? Now your own role needs to change from 100% hands-on to directing, leading and developing others. If you don\'t get this right you, like so many other SMEs, will have problems. So you need to develop your own skills.
\"The single biggest way to impact an organisation is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organisation that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.\"
I now work as a confidential \"Critical Friend\" to people facing the challenges every leader faces, using many years\' experience of running companies myself to help you focus, communicate and inspire your team. You\'ll find a lot more about me and the way I work on my website, including my accreditation by Exeter Business School\'s Centre for Leadership.
Simon Tutty Photography
I'm a commercial photographer based in East Devon, I produce quality images of events and businesses, people and places, both locally and across the world.
Working closely with my clients my professional and approachable nature allows me to capture the natural essence of my subjects. I listen to clients and I work creatively with them to capture the images that best fulfil their needs.
Find out more at www.simontutty.co.uk
Simple Recruitment (South West) Ltd
The investment companies make in its people is huge - in terms of both time and money - we understand this investment and ensure it is a sound one.
We specialise in the provision of temporary labour across both the Industrial and Commercial sectors. So, whether you have a project requiring urgent completion, additional hands to get the job done or holiday cover – we can assist. We provide temporary workers on both a short and long-term basis and can cover a plethora of job roles from Reception and PA’s to Production Operatives and Forklift Drivers and everything in between.
Our dedicated perms division looks to get to know you as a business and what your vacancy entails, what you require from your next new recruit in terms of skill set, experience and personality and we endeavour to ensure your goals are met. We will not bombard you with inappropriate CV’s, we will instead keep in regular communication with you and only send details that we know will be of interest to you in your quest to employ.
Sitemakers Ltd provides consultancy, support and services to retailers who are either looking to start trading online, or who have online retail businesses that they want to grow. We have experience stretching back over 20 years and have helped many businesses in the South West to grow their brands successfully online.
Skipton Business Finance
Skipton Business Finance is a leading invoice finance company that provides an array of financial solutions ranging from factoring to invoice discounting, and the Government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee, to businesses across the UK.
Our funding lines start from as little as £25k and currently go up to £5m.
Existing clients range from new-starts to established businesses with annual sales of up to £30m and our facilities can be used to fund start-ups, transactions, turnaround / restructures and phoenix businesses.
We pride ourselves in being about having quick access to flexible funding, employing specialist staff and having localised functions under one roof which enables even closer relationships with our clients and business partners.
A Skipton Building Society Group Company
We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Skipton Building Society, an undoubted mutual financial institution established in 1853.
Skipton Building Society is the UK’s fourth largest building society, with £13.9bn of assets and a national presence represented by a network of around 100 branches. They are a mutual organisation, which means they are owned by their members and believe in placing them at the heart of everything they do.
At Skipton Business Finance, we share the same ethos in that we‘re very much focussed on understanding our client’s business and assisting in creating wealth and jobs, rather than existing purely for profit. This naturally leads to a partnership approach with our clients and a specifically designed internal structure whereby all our clients can enjoy close and personable relationships with highly-trained and experienced staff.
Sky Bounders Ltd
Sky Bounders focuses exclusively on helping organisations to enhance employee engagement and retention through tailored Mental Health, Wellbeing and Performance courses, consultancy, coaching and workshops. This includes the full range of MHFA England Workplace Mental Health First Aid Courses, designing and facilitating Wellbeing Workshops, offering talks for events, groups and conferences and working with a select number of individuals on a one to one Performance Coaching basis.
We offer individual training events for small teams through to large scale organisation-wide programmes.
Examples of Recent Contracts:
- A wide-scale employee Mental Health Awareness training programme for a large NHS Trust
- Higher Education Mental Health Champion Courses hosted by a Student Support Organisation across the South West
- Tailored talks for a number of industry groups and networking organisations
- Mental Health First Aid courses for a range of organisations from the care sector through to the construction industry
- Bespoke Workplace Wellbeing Workshops for a Microsoft Partner Organisation
- Workshops for 10 conferences held throughout the UK
So if you're exploring options for developing your team's wellbeing and performance then do get in touch. We're happy to chat through ideas to make sure that your strategy is right for you and meets the needs of your business.
Smart Employment Law
We provide expert HR and employment law advice, assistance and support to businesses and organisations - both large and small - on a full range of issues from recruitment through to termination of employment.
Smarta Reductions Ltd
Smarta is on a mission to find you the most competitive deals in the marketplace for your business energy, insurance, merchant services, and phone and broadband. We will not stop until we have achieved a cost saving of at least £1k for each and every business owner. Smarta simplifies business services by searching for and switching to the best deals on your behalf.
INTELLIGENT THINKING FOR ALL THINGS BUSINESS SERVICES
A truly converged design, sales and marketing agency based in Devon but representing clients where they need us.
From the inception of a brand right through to making a big pitch, SMITHKIN BAKER help your business and bottom line grow. After all, we have over 50 years combined experience in making business succeed.
Social Media Directors Limited
Jon Davey, Sales Enabler, Bespoke Marketing Automation, Sales Navigator, Lead Generator, Social Media Story Teller, Blogger, Dad
Blending me, my story telling skills and LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator, I become a sales enabler, lead generator for SME business owners where no, or a small, team exists and more business opportunities are desired but the owner is time poor due to existing commitments.
I can also train you and your teams, get sales & marketing working together for the common good, in a process known as Sales Enablement. We can work on stories that prospective customers would want to hear and establish a process of communications that’s ultimate purpose is to engage prospective clients in conversations with your sales team around real needs and potential projects where there is a budget in place… sound good to you?
Do you want more business opportunities?
Then let’s talk 07717 820823
Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance
Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance supports and develop the arts and culture sector and organisations so they can become more enterprising. We achieve this through skills development, advice, mentoring, workshops, events, training, self-help groups and networks.
We develop business focused arts and culture strategies that use local assets to create social interaction in public spaces and a marketing focused development plan and set services to maximise local business investments. We support a strong digital strategy for the sector and bring skills to those who need it.
We help venues, galleries, practitioners and businesses to access funding, create business plans, marketing plans, sales strategies and finance. We help develop arts and culture projects and support other sub-sector groups.
Not only do we consider the subsidised cultural sector but also the commercial, amateur and participatory which, after all, are where most people find their cultural engagement. We are interested not just in publicly-funded concert halls, art galleries, theatres and museums, important as these are; but also commercial film, music and literature; young people getting together in a band, amateur choirs, local art clubs and reading groups, and people crafting at home or in local clubs; as well as those engaging in prisons, hospitals and care homes.
We offer a free membership and others forms of engagement throughout Somerset and beyond.
Somerset Design Studio
High quality, friendly and affordable graphic design, branding, styling and photography. I am an expert in graphics and visual communications, whether its your logo, business stationery, catalogues, brochures, POS or packaging that needs designing amongst much more, I can work with a business to cover all their creative requirements. I also offer a styling and photography service for businesses in need of fresh and compelling imagery, your brochures and marketing comms may require strong imagery.
South West Growth Service
South West Growth Service (SWGS) exists to help organisations throughout South West England to adapt, develop and grow.
SWGS has been formed by four successful consultants with commercial expertise in a wide range of sectors and industries. We share a passion for business and the South West and provide high-quality business support, which is easily accessed at a price that organisations can afford.
We offer a free two-hour discovery session in order to explore the ways in which we can help a business to overcome whatever is holding them back.
Spotcap provides flexible, unsecured business loans of up to £300,000. The funding is truly unsecured, without the need for a personal guarantee. To qualify for a loan, your business must have been trading in the UK for at least 24 months, with an annual turnover of at least £250k.
Apply online and once you’ve submitted your application, a loan could be approved within one business day. Repayments are made monthly and can be spread over 7 to 15 months with no penalties for early repayments.
SRJ Sameday Couriers
SRJ Sameday is a direct delivery company, specialising in business to business transport. Based on the Somerset/Devon boarder we are ideally located to provide fast and efficient transport across the UK. We have a wide range of vehicles from VW caddy's to curtain sided large vans and can transport anything from documents to multiple pallet loads.
SRJ Sameday is a 24/7 operation and with over 20 years experience in the transport industry we can provide a top level service for your urgent deliveries.
Starbooks Ltd is an ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) registered bookkeeping provider based in Plympton, Plymouth serving the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset area's.
Our services cover general business bookkeeping, legal bookkeeping, payroll processing, management accounts reporting, bookkeeping software provision and support, cloud conversions, bookkeeping training, consultancy and advisory services.
As Xero Certified Advisors we can provide first class bookkeeping and payroll services using the Xero platform and we are also Xero Certified to provide App Advisory services to ensure our clients can access and use the additional functionality using the powerful Xero App Marketplace products.
We are Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT ready and we are helping our clients to become MTD compliant.
We currently offer a free initial consultation with an ICB registered bookkeper at no cost and under no obligation.
In 2018 we were nominated for 2 ICB LUCA Awards, Small Practice of the Year and Members Social Media Presence, the latter of which we were announced as winners!
For more information about Starbooks Ltd visit our website at:
Start Point Finance Ltd
Start Point Finance are FCA regulated whole market commercial finance brokers. We specialise in finding finance from alternative sources including challenger and foreign banks. We do not charge for our service as we are paid by the funding institution on completion of a transaction.
As an established accounting firm with many years of experience in all aspects of accountancy and business finance, we offer our clients a team of dedicated staff, available to serve them and their business for all their accountancy and business advisory needs. We are happy to assist clients not only in their everyday needs, but in their most difficult situations as well.
We would love to make bookkeeping problems 'just go away', so that effort can be focussed on developing the business.
We specialise in working with small to medium sized companies and family businesses. We don’t create unnecessary paper work, instead, we encourage clients to concentrate on their core business, while we handle whatever needs to be done - bookkeeping, HMRC reporting, legislative compliance - to keep the business running smoothly and profitably!
We focus on results, and getting the job done. If necessary we will know when to call in an expert, but won't recommend expensive consultancy processes if it's something we can fix between us - keep it simple!
We are skilled with SAGE, Xero, VTCashbook, QuickBooks, Excel, making a nice cup of tea and staying calm in a crisis!
Step Recruitment Ltd
Step works with growing businesses to help identify and bring together graduate talent and business.
Our fully-managed recruitment services help you attract students and graduates for 8-12 week internships, undergraduate sandwich placements, and permanent graduate roles. We work with business owners & managers and internal recruitment teams to provide additional support; this can be with ad-hoc roles, including those that are harder to fill due to job type or location, or graduate schemes, perhaps where a target for numbers has not been met. What’s included:
A dedicated account manager to help you scope out the role
We do the research to identify up to 10 target universities. We have strong links with most UK Universities, built up across our 30-year history, and have access to a wide range of talented students and graduates, including many who are not engaged with their University’s careers service. Our database of students and graduates has up to 1,000 new registrations each month.
We promote your opportunities on our own website, university websites and various third-party sites.
We carry out an initial sift, conduct competency-based interviews, shortlist and arrange interviews.
We do not offer funding but often are aware of pots of funding available from universities which can be used towards the cost of hiring a graduate.
Stephen Woollett - advice and consultancy for social action
Stephen Woollett helps social purpose organisations (charities, CiCs, social enterprises) with fresh thinking, new ideas and the opportunity to think and act strategically. Stephen has over thirty years’ experience advising and championing the social purpose sector and working with public bodies across the Heart of the South West. Stephen helps organisations on funding and income generation; bid research and writing; sustainability planning; business development; strategic planning; organisational strengths reviews; establishing a theory of change or logic model; impact measurement; social value reporting; partnership and collaboration; commissioning and procurement and independent facilitation. Stephen also has close links with a range of specialist consultants and is able to bring in their expertise to assist clients on specific aspects of their business, such as communications and marketing.
West country-based Stephens Scown LLP is an award-winning legal firm with offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell. It has over 270 staff, including more than 50 partners, and is one of the largest law firms in Devon and Cornwall, offering a broad range of expert business and personal legal services, as well as expertise in a number of key market sectors.
Founded in 1938, Stephens Scown is consistently ranked highly in the UK’s top two independent legal guides, Chambers and Legal 500 and was named one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For 2015. Stephens Scown also won Property Law Firm of the Year at the South West Property Awards 2014 and was named as having the Private Client and Family Law Team of the Year by the British Legal Awards 2013. Clients range from individuals to SMEs, FTSE and international companies. For more information www.stephens-scown.co.uk
British Legal Awards – UK Law Firm of the Year
Symphony Legal Awards – Law Firm of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign
Modern Law Awards – Law Firm of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign
Law Society Excellence Awards – Marketing Excellence Award
Managing Partners’ Forum Awards – Best Managed National Firm, Best Leadership of a Mould Breaking Firm and Best Corporate Culture
European Business Awards – national champion for the UK for customer focus
Studio Mitchell Limited
Studio Mitchell provide professional design consultancy, 3D visualisation and HD 1080p broadcast quality animation. Our service allows manufacturers to market their products pre-prototype pre-production through photorealistic 3D images and animation.
SupplyTrain wants all businesses, big and small, to have a pipeline of talent coming through their organisations; with the right skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to thrive.
To do this, we provide specialist support on apprenticeships and government-funded training. We finding you high quality apprentices, training providers and funding-streams, so you can grow your own talent with training that adds real value to your business, at a price you can afford.
Get in touch for a chat and tell us a bit about your business aims.
SW Business Support Solutions Ltd
We listen, we analyse, we find solutions.
SW Business Support Solutions is a dynamic proactive solution-based company that offers your business an opportunity to transform by implementing strategies or processes to reduce costs, increase profits and enhance growth. Whether you want to focus on one area of your business or optimise your whole business, we are here to help you. Adapting to a changing market is essential if you want to remain a competitive business and be a leader in your industry. 75 years of combined business experience allows us to offer a high-quality service, which helps you make high impact changes.
We are passionate in our approach, using innovation, cutting edge technology and are never afraid to be pioneers whilst using best practice models. Our success comes from understanding your needs, gaining essential insights into your business and creating meaningful strategies and processes, which allows you to achieve your goals. We pride ourselves on our ‘Can Do’ attitude, excellent communication with efficient & effective use of resources. Could you benefit from support with any of the following?
Data analytics – you can’t manage what you don’t measure. If you give us your data, we will give you the solutions.
We can be your flexible Director of Operations or Strategic Partner. We are here when you need us without the employee costs.
Don’t wait, CALL US TODAY on 01626 903022
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