Support for businesses

Support for businesses who are registered with Companies House or HMRC

Our aim is to help northern Devon develop a successful business community. Our friendly team of business professionals offer a range of services including:

  • Help to start your new business
  • Business planning & cash flow forecasting
  • Support during early days of trading
  • Sourcing finance
  • Helping your existing business to develop and grow
  • Other specialist support

Wherever you are in your business life cycle our team has the skills to give you practical help and advice.

Due to the current restrictions on non-essential travel and meetings, we have adapted our workshop sessions and 1-2-1 meetings so that they can be delivered online using Zoom. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to resume face-to-face meetings and classroom based workshop sessions after the restrictions have been further eased and it is considered safe to do so.

Free Business Support Programmes

In the meantime, the following Workshop sessions for October 2020 are currently available for people registered on our free Business Support Programme (if you are not registered please call Vicky Fether on 01237 428 834 to find out how to register).


Focus on Facebook - The Basics
Monday 5th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Struggling to know where to start with Facebook from your business? We’ll start with the basics and run through profiles, groups and pages, highlight the differences and show you how to set up Pages for your business. Learn the basics of what makes a good post, ways to improve engagement and how to keep customers wanting more.

Facebook - Next steps
Wednesday 7th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
You know how to do the basics in Facebook but take it to the next level. We will show you how to use all the added features ideal for maximising your business engagement online. We will teach how to use events, advertising & groups within Facebook and help you to leverage the most from the platform.

Website Improvements and SEO
Thursday 8th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Join us for this highly informative workshop which will focus on what makes a good website, best practices when managing your own website and how to optimise it for Google and other search engines.
We will be delving into this from a basic to intermediate level to understand just how Google works at categorising websites and webpages on various search listings and the techniques used to improve this whilst utilising good practice and making your website more user friendly for those landing on it.

Office 365 Overview
Tuesday 13th October 9.30am - 12.30pm

Instagram – The Basics
Wednesday 14th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Get started with the Instagram platforms in this workshop, learn how to create a great presence for your business, grow your audience and create quality engagement.

Writing a Business Plan
Tuesday 20th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Understanding the benefits of having a Business Plan
Identifying your business aims
How to undertake Market Research
Identifying business costs/finance

Teams and Zoom Deep Dive
Tuesday 20th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
During this session you will become familiar with both Zoom and Teams, we will uncover some of the hidden features in both products and get you up to pro standard for running your own meetings and workshops using these platforms. We will also review the safety features and key elements to keep your video conferencing safe and secure.

Instagram – Next Steps
Wednesday 21st October 9:30am – 12:30pm
Hone your Instagram skills, learn how to create a great Instagram presence, grow your audience and create quality engagement. Focusing on stories, highlights and promoted posts as well and perfecting your feed and image preparation. How to sell on Instagram with 3rd party apps.

Business Marketing
Thursday 22nd October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Discussing the development of a marketing plan
Identifying your USP's and considering your target customers
Reviewing types of market research and assessing your competitors
Overview of using websites and social media

Introduction to Photography
Tuesday 27th October 9:30am – 12:30pm
We live in a beautiful virtual world where Image is king. Learn to take better photos using your smart phone. We will help you hone your skills, to create a collection of images suitable for social media, website and presentation purposes.
We will be looking at the following:
Setting up images scenes that you can use to sell products
How to take an effective headshot ideal for your 'about you' page
Taking photos to increase your hospitality and business bookings
Use your mobile phone more confidently
Hints and tips on how to make the most of your images.

Finance for Business
Wednesday 28th October 13.00pm - 16.00pm
Understanding profit & loss accounts and balance sheets
Discussing the benefits of using cash flow forecasts
Introduction to break-even analysis and costing's
Overview of some of the more commonly used financial ratios and performance measures

Introduction to Video
Thursday 29th October 9:30am – 12:30pm
Using video is one of the best ways to grow your business, increase partnerships and help your clients. The use of video on social media has grown considerably in the last two years, but how can you join in when you have a limited budget and don’t know where to start?
We can guide you through how to capture a video using your smart phone then edit and share on social networks. This is an ideal introduction session to making video on your smart phone.


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