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 September 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).


Finance for Business
Tuesday 15th September 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

Office 365 Overview

Tuesday 15th September 9.30am - 12.30pm

Instagram – The Basics

Wednesday 16th September 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.

Business Marketing

Thursday 17th September 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

Teams and Zoom – Deep Dive

Tuesday 22nd September 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 23rd September 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.

Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday 23rd September 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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


Introduction to Photography
Thursday 24th September 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.

Introduction to Video

Tuesday 29th September 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.

Digital Marketing made Easy

Wednesday 30th September 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop will provide useful guides, tips and tricks to enhance and improve your digital marketing. We will take a look at tools and techniques to help you to promote your business, share your news stories and reach new customers. We will explore how to: write and deliver a digital marketing strategy, use social media to reinforce these and enable you to communicate the great things about your business to your customers old and new.

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