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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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A marketing consultant specialising in client services, brand strategy, content
production & project implementation. I work closely with brands/companies to define their communications plan and strategy and how best to bring that to life through a variety of content. My experience in spans a wide range of industries; fashion, arts and culture. design, health and lifestyle.
TelePA have worked at the cutting edge of telephone communications since 2004.
Early adopters of Cloud technologies and VoIP telephony, we can give you the advice you need to find cost effective and robust solutions - and alert you to potential risks or pitfalls.
TelePA also provide training for those who lack confidence managing telephone calls. We can make a huge difference!
Tender Victory Limited
Tender Victory provides assistance to SMEs that wish to grow their businesses by winning tenders with public sector organisations. Our core services are tender writing and tender review services. Additional services that we offer include tender sourcing and training on tender writing and understanding public sector procurement. Our mission statement is to considerably improve the chances of SMEs winning public sector contracts.
We have helped numerous small businesses grow through securing long term contracts with the public sector, also helping businesses that have historically operated as sub-contractors become prime contractors. We work in partnership with our clients, to ensure we reflect what is best and unique about their business - in a way that is meaningful to the buying organisation.
Tender Victory's staff includes 3 former public sector buyers, so our clients gain this expertise and internal insight when we submit their winning tenders.
Our website blog contains helpful articles and tips on approaching and preparing for tendering. We are here to help!
Teresa Metherell Freelance Marketing
My name is Teresa and I am a CIM qualified freelance marketing professional based in Plymouth. I am passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses to better understand their client’s needs and provide creative and innovative marketing solutions to support business growth.
Whatever challenges you are facing, I will provide you with the expertise, experience and support you need to make your business stand out from the competition. I always provide a personal, professional and customised service to accommodate your requirements and budget.
Marketing services I provide include marketing research, marketing planning, implementation of online and offline marketing and marketing analysis.
The Beauty Training Group
We provide Beauty Training Courses, Mentoring, Skill Building Courses & Business Mentoring.
Many of our courses are suitable for completely beginners and they’re fully accredited, allowing you to gain insurance throughout the UK
Our Business Mentoring is available for a range of sectors, but we specialise in the beauty industry. We can help with staffing issues, building your business, client retention, policies and procedures and more.
The Business Barn
The Business Barn is a free, online resource providing advice and guidance for diversifying farmers, rural business owners and landowners. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for a new business venture, guidance on how to start a business or support with developing your existing business look no further than The Business Barn Advice Library. Hosting a wealth of articles, case studies and business guides, The Business Barn has been established to help you in the initial stages of business. To find out more, visit www.thebusinessbarn.co.uk
The Client Factory
We provide an initial consultancy service for digital marketing. We can help identify opportunities for growth online and recommend a strategy to achieve this. We also offer a fully managed service to create and manage digital marketing campaigns, including Pay Per Click campaigns such as Google Ads, Linkedin and Facebook Ads and Search Engine Optimisation. We offer a FREE report and proposal to help businesses identify the best route to growing their business online. Talk to us today.
The Creative Business Network
We offer mentoring, advice, events and networking to those running their own creative business. Artists, makers, crafters all need support growing and developing their business. We help you with that side of things while you carry on with your making and creating!
When you start out on our creative business journey, you are full of excitement and passion, but sometimes at a loss with many things. You may need guidance with issues such as photography & styling, pricing, where to promote & sell, and most of all, building up the confidence to get out there.
Over the years we have worked with many creative businesses; established as well as brand new startups, and the same questions and issues kept coming up - and still do. You are not on your own and we want to make sure that you get the support that you need.
The Creative Business Network is a place where you can ask questions, find answers, receive mentoring & advice, and have access to a whole host of workshops.
The Creative Marketing Agency
The Creative Marketing Agency is a full service marketing and design agency based in Devon. We’re passionate about helping you improve your marketing so you gain and retain more customers. We can help you create and deliver a marketing strategy and plan that is in sync with your business plan and that will help you reach your goals.
WordPress Websites | SEO | Social Media | Display Adverts | PPC | Email Marketing
Adverts | Brochures & Catalogues | Flyers & Leaflets | Branding & Logos | Exhibitions | POS & Packaging | Business Stationery | Direct Mail
Marketing Audit | Research | Planning | Campaigns
At the Creative Marketing Agency we like to focus on your targets – and not only hitting them, but exceeding them. And if you don’t have targets to meet we will help you set some so you can measure your progress exactly.
"Their ability to construct and manage a creative, professional and innovative marketing strategy, combined with their in-house skill set allowing them to design and create all our marketing collateral, saves us time and money, whilst creating a fantastic and effective end result." M. Kindlon, Plymouth Science Park
The DR Company
We provide expert advice, friendly professional support and practical assistance to enable rural and coastal businesses and communities to achieve their goals.
We run funding programmes bringing much needed money into the area, and we offer a comprehensive range of project services covering business/project planning, writing funding applications, project management and progress monitoring and evaluation of complete projects. We have a wealth of knowledge of how to run successful projects, from small scale simple projects to large scale multi-million pound capital projects involving many partners.
The DREAM JOB COACH
Hi, I’m Louise Jenner, known as The Dream Job Coach.
I provide tailored Career & Business Coaching to individuals online and in person (when appropriate.)
I can help you to get ahead in many different ways including, recruitment, sales and marketing.
The important thing is that you love your work. I’ll work with you to move from frustration to fulfilment in your professional life.
Talk to me if you’re feeling:
Stressed, overwhelmed or nervous about the future.
Let’s work towards you feeling:
Calm, in control and confident!
Here’s a recent testimonial:
BUSINESS COACHING AT ITS BEST
“I am currently working with Louise Jenner to grow my therapies business. From the very start Louise took the time to get to know my business thoroughly. All her comments, suggestions and proposed actions fit my business perfectly.
This high level of personalised attention is evident in our 1-1 and online meetings and in the quality of support offered outside the meetings.
Louise is always ready to give 100% to her clients. The assignments and discussions have enabled me to see where I am, how I want to shape my business and what steps to take.“ - June Carnell.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!
The FD Centre
The FD Centre provides part-time Finance Directors to entrepreneurial and owner- managed businesses, typically with a turnover between £1m and £25m, who don’t want, don’t need or can’t afford a full time FD but recognise the need to call on specialised financial advice from time to time in order to optimise the way their business is run.
With a relatively limited input in terms of time and money, the FD Centre is able to make a real difference for its clients and their businesses. Not only does a part-time FD bring peace of mind to their clients and allow them to spend more time doing the things that they love and are good at, we can also generally suggest a number of simple measures that will have an immediate positive impact on the bottom line.
The FD Centre Finance Director can provide visibility and clarity to owners of start-up businesses. The FD will implement tangible measures, monitoring systems, help find finance, build business plans, manage banking relationships, test strategies and build efficient infrastructure and processes.
The FD Centre provides 130 part-time FDs in the UK. There are also FDs in the USA, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India who can facilitate the rapid international expansion. The six South West FDs have a broad range of sector experiences, including start-ups and technology based enterprises and can also access the skills of the FD Centre network.
The Field Works
We believe that small food is better. Better for people and for the planet. The Field Works is a business improvement agency that helps small and medium organisations in the food supply chain do things better through purpose, people and process.
Providing strategic and operational consultancy and training, we work with businesses directly, run open workshops and curate events to inspire a growing network of people working to build a better food system.
The Focus Training Group
Quality Local Training Provider based in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth as well as Bristol and Redruth. Looking to up skill your business? We can offer Apprenticeship Standards, Bespoke training and Commercial Courses in: Business Administration, Customer Service, Management, Team Leading/Supervisor, *Accountancy (New for Sept 2018. AAT Accredited), Hospitality, Retail, Warehousing, Health & Social Care, Education & Training Award, Assessors Award,Electrical Installation, Gas Engineer, Property Maintenance, Fire & Security and Arboriculture. As well as whole company training in Emergency First Aid at Work, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Safe Moving & Handling, Personal Licence
FREE no obligation
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Company Training Needs Analysis to help you with your training requirements
Apprenticeship Recruitment - we will Advertise your vacancy and interview the candidates before submitting the suitable applicants for you to interview based on your requirements.
Contact; Shelly Wright email@example.com Tel: 01752 335207
The HR Dept
Do you always know how to deal with employment or HR issues? Could you do with a helping hand from a professional HR support service?
Employment law is complex, coping on your own brings significant risk. You don't want to break the law or face expensive tribunals but few businesses can afford a full time HR professional or HR department.
Even so, you need access to reliable advice that you can act on. The HR Dept provides you with local, personal and professional HR services with up-to-date expertise whenever you require it without breaking the bank. Whatever the issue we would love to help.
We cover the entire employee lifecycle and also provide H&S support
Call 0345 208 1120 to outsource your HR needs.
The HR Dept Exeter
As your HR Dept, we provide your business with everything a large corporate would expect from its own in-house human resource team. The only difference is that you don’t have to pay to keep us in-house.
From providing a single employee contract, to taking on all your human resources problems, we can provide the level of HR support that your business needs. We don’t sell solutions, but design support to suit your individual company. Our sensible, down-to-earth approach means we will work with you to find the best, and most cost effective, HR support for your business.
Our services include:
• Advice line backed by tribunal insurance
• Contracts of employment and staff handbooks
• Absence Management
• Performance Management
• Disciplinary and grievance hearings
• Redundancy projects and outplacement
Why spend hours wrestling with complex employment issues when the answer is just a phone call away? You’ll be surprised at how little it costs and, if you end up on the wrong side of a tribunal, can you really afford the alternative?
The Insolvency Company SW Ltd.
The Insolvency Company is a licensed, family-run insolvency practice helping business owners resolve financial difficulties by providing them with professional advice.
We understand that dealing with business debt can be distressing; We pride ourselves on our confidential and compassionate service, so clients can rest assured that we\\\'ll guide them through the process in order to help them rebuild as efficiently as possible.
We offer a free initial consultation worth £500 to all prospective clients in order to discuss their options, the costs involved and the proposed timeline.
Our team has over 50 years of collective experience and we\\\'re passionate about providing straightforward, specialist advice to help give clients peace of mind. We work closely with accountants, solicitors and other referral partners who have been working with business owners experiencing financial difficulty; Our connections often contact us directly because they know that their clients will be well looked after and receive high-quality, regulated advice.
Too many business owners fail to seek help when dealing with debt, hoping that the challenges will resolve themselves over time, and thus don\\\'t plan effectively for all eventualities. They might be ill-advised, fearful of the stigma, short on time or perhaps struggling to reach out to their wider support network. This often results in viable businesses going under that could\\\'ve otherwise been saved.
Our caring, hassle-free approach helps put our clients’ minds at ease and takes the fear out of the process. Our clients typically tell us that they wish they had come to us sooner!
The New Business Partnership
The New Business Partnership (TNBP) offers you a virtual new business function, seamlessly linked to your business, with all the markings of an in-house resource, but wthout the overhead. If your business development programme is in the doldrums, your in-house resources stretched or non-existent, then we should talk.
Founded in 2002 by Annette Donnelly, a senior marketer who has held MD and Business Development Directorships for leading UK agencies, we specialise in developing and executing bespoke new business programmes for a wide range of companies in London and the South West, from start ups to industry leaders, from advertising, digital and PR agencies, to executive training, technology, investment, sports hospitality and professional membership organisations.
Our business development services include marketing consultancy, business proposition development, senior level lead generation, on and offline communications planning, SEO, social media strategy, copywriting, editing and training.
The Oakwood Partnership
The Oakwood Partnership provides consulting services to SME businesses increasing growth, profitability and value to potential investors. Having actually run businesses, we take a practical approach to making changes that give real and significant benefits to our clients.
It’s easy to get caught up in reacting to the day to day demands of dealing with transactions and servicing existing customers. We work with clients to take a step back, look ahead and find a way forward that gives sustainable growth in revenue and business value.
• Strategy development
• Strategy implementation projects
• Performance management support to enhance growth, efficiency and profitability
The People Workshop Partnership
Here are the things the People Workshop can offer to support your business:
Working creatively with leaders in a wide range of businesses, focusing on management styles, approaches and behaviours that help improve workplace performance and interactions between people. This is done by using a down-to-earth and pragmatic approach gained from people development work in the telecoms industry both as an engineer and training manager.
We work with the people that populate the businesses to achieve business success through culture and behaviour change where needed.
We draw on aspects of emotional intelligence to allow people to work creatively with their behavioural challenges in a productive environment.
People need to see the value in changing what is no longer fit for purpose so that change does not have to be difficult.
Would you like to unlock your own expertise to solve business issues? Maximise sales by using practical time-tested methods? Or focus on the best marketing methods for you to save you time and money?
You know your business better than anyone. But sometimes being too close to issues means that you can't see the solution. My name is Alison Theaker and I am committed to helping businesses be the best they can be.
I can help you find the best ways to identify, find and contact new people who will buy your services. I deliver mentoring and coaching in person or via Skype to identify your goals and focus on what is most effective for you. I deliver training for individuals and teams on motivation, assertiveness and people skills for managers, as well as helping small businesses to develop their marketing strategy. I can facilitate future vision days and help your business grow.
Quick Fix Mentoring consists of two one-hour business mentoring sessions that are arranged one month apart. The first gets you focused on your business and products and defines your target markets. The second gives you a plan to take your business forward for the next six months. Walking improves your creativity by 60%. If you would like time to consider options, get creative or move forward with difficult issues, Walk the Talk can provide you with guided thinking time. Using goal-oriented coaching techniques whilst enjoying the environment I can help you benefit from the best of both worlds.
Think! Associates are an established branding, communications and design practice based in Taunton and Bristol.
We’re proud to serve businesses in the South West and beyond helping them to grow through strategic thinking and creative brand design.
We’re ideas people with vast experience in what we do. Our approach is professional, open and consultative. Our range of services include: strategy and positioning, naming and branding, logo and visual identity, web and digital design, packaging, exhibition and display graphics, advertising, copywriting and social media.
Thomas Westcott is a "Top 50" accounting and business advisory firm, with 18 offices across Devon and Somerset - a perfect fit with the Heart of the South West LEP area.
We look after and work with our business clients as they travel along the journey - from the development of the initial concept, to taking the first tentative steps in business, through the growth stage, right through to ultimate exit - we are here to help and support.
Our team of specialists cover areas such as accounting, tax, VAT, outsourcing of accounting functions, raising finance and obtaining grants, wealth management, corporate finance and insolvency.
Thoughtful Host Ltd
A highly sustainable venue within easy reach of the M5 motorway junction. We share our building with an Architectural Practice and Fine Art Restorer making us quite unique. We offer three light filled rooms ideal for meetings but more so workshops. Our aim is to offer unique conservation led training and workshops. Offering an opportunity to learn a new skill within our creative environment.
Time to be creative
I am a freelance graphic designer, based in Devon. I can provide anything from adverts, point of sale, brochures, all forms of marketing. Digital templates, logo design, packaging and more.
TJW Limited is a business improvement consultancy formed and run by Trevor Wing. Trevor is a lean implementation specialist who is able to promote change in any environment by “taking the people with him”. With over 40yrs in manufacturing, his experience spans from the shopfloor through to senior management. With a practical approach, Trevor has a natural ability to gain the trust of the whole workforce.
Trevor’s consultancy career began in 1998 when he joined the engineering business support team at Coventry University. Trevor formed TJW Limited in January 2003, the company is successful and has a substantial client base both in the UK and overseas. Trevor is currently working in a number of industrial sectors where he applies appropriate and well-tested methods of performance improvement. Lean manufacturing as the name suggests is well used in the manufacturing sector, however Trevor uses the principles to improve any organisation. Key to a successful implementation programme is to improve the process flow from the start to the finish of the whole process “from customer enquiry to the cheque in the bank!” Trevor achieves this by engaging everyone in the company to identify and eliminate waste and to enable them to take part in the improvement activity.
Trevor’s experience now includes working with companies outside of the UK. For the last seven years Trevor has been delivering companywide improvement programmes in a global organisation, working mainly in the company’s Middle Eastern site in Dubai UAE and in Vadodara, Gujarat India.
My career in the travel industry has spanned over 25 years, incorporating periods in leisure travel followed by corporate business travel and most recently in the hospitality industry. These different roles have provided invaluable experience in all aspects of the travel industry including bespoke tailor made itineraries, holidays, managing the travel for SMEs and larger companies plus booking meetings and events.
Making travel arrangements can be time consuming and challenging. With my guidance, expertise and tenacity along with being highly pro-active and creative, I will search for the right solution delivered in a timely, courteous and professional manner.
My aim is to provide a great travel service backed up by the support and protection you would expect from a well-established travel company so you will always be in safe hands.
Here are some of the services I can provide:
• Car hire
• Corporate travel
• Meetings & events
• Travel insurance
• Short breaks
• Airport parking and hotels
• Bespoke tailor made itineraries
So it’s time to stop clicking about and start saving time!
Triangle Networks Ltd
As the official service provider of CityFibre South West Gigabit Cities from the MAIN duct network, Triangle Networks can offer ultra-fast connectivity to the outside world at multi gigabit speeds, connecting business to our fully resilient UK Network with International reach.
The Plymouth MAIN network is nearing completion and you can now register your interest in the Pure Fibre network to enjoy the benefits of gigabit connectivity on speeds from 500Mbps to 1,000 Mbps (Symmetric) at less than lease line rates, which in the main are 20/100Mbps up 100/100 Mbps.
Triangle, with our network of local IT companies, can support businesses with multi-gigabit speeds and services complimented by our partners solutions and their expertise across the business IT environment. At this time Connection Vouchers (up to £3k Capex) are available and Triangle is arranging a large number of these already across Bristol and the recently launched Exeter.
Twisted Orange Limited
Within Twisted Orange, we have a breadth of experience across sales, commercial, procurement, supply chain and logistics having lived and breathed providing solutions, developing functions and delivering true sustainable benefit within a vast number of leading UK based, globally reaching organisations.
We cover both ends of the commercial spectrum, Louise specialises in the Food & Drink sector route to market support and have worked with established and start up brands to deliver true benefits.
She has vast experience across the food retail and manufacturing industry including account management; NPD; process technical team management from product concept through to launch; retail buying and being part of senior teams for site and company management. She is also a Virgin Start Up Mentor, Prince 2 Practitioner as well as a judge for the "Taste of the West" awards.
Her specialty areas of focus are profitable sales growth; own label product development; management of commercial teams (including process technical; NPD; account management teams) and retail buying.
Andy is a professionally qualified and award winning procurement and supply chain expert, he has been able to deliver significant and sustainable value whether that is within a greenfield/start up mode or developing an existing function across indirect and direct categories within food, retail, manufacturing, FMCG, personal care and the leisure industry.
We are available for interim, contract, consultancy, NED and training assignments across the region, do please get in contact.
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Contact the Growth Hub team to find out about support available locally.
03456 047 047