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 temporarily suspended our usual range of workshop sessions and 1-2-1 meetings although we will will continue to monitor the situation and hope to resume these as soon as the restrictions are eased and it is considered safe to do so.

Free Business Support Programmes

In the meantime, the following list of Workshop sessions for March 2020 are a representative example of some of the support normally 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). We will update this page in due course with details of any new workshops as they become available.

MARCH 2020

Finance for Business
Tuesday 10th March 9.30am - 12.30pm

  • 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


Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday 11th March 1:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Understanding benefits of having a Business Plan
  • Identifying your business aims
  • How to undertake Market Research
  • Identifying business costs/finance


Business Marketing
Thursday 12th March 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


Wednesday 18th March 1:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Your options when it comes to ecommerce systems
  • Things to consider when selling directly online
  • How to increase search reach with your products
  • Advertising options for online products
  • Promoting ecommerce items through social media
  • Payment gateways and other charges


European Union
European Regional
Development Fund