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Business Support

Networks, mentoring and support

 business-networksOur county benefits from a close-knit, supportive and highly welcoming business community and there are a number of extremely active business networks and clubs in Devon.

The Invest Devon team can help you get in touch with these networks, before and after your move here.

See a list of both county wide and area specific business networks.

Business mentoring and support services

Companies of all sizes in our county have a number of sources of support and advice they can call upon, with many organisations here even offering our businesses free one-to-one advice. The Heart of the South West Growth Hub offer support for start-ups or growing businesses, as well as providing a comprehensive list of business support services available in the South West.

The Invest Devon team are also able to direct businesses of all types towards the most relevant sources of business support.

Heart of the South West Growth Hub – business advice, news and events for businesses in Devon and Somerset

Enhance Social Enterprise – business support and advice to new and established social enterprises within the Heart of South West LEP area

Business & Intellectual Property Centre – Exeter Library – advice and information for business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors

University of Exeter Business Service – access to services and facilities

Calmare – access to expertise, advice and technology to help improve products and processes

South West Investment Group – help for businesses to access loan finance

BIP – assistance for start-ups and small businesses across the South West

North Devon+ – business support for North Devon rural economy

DR Company – advice, support and practical assistance to enable rural and coastal businesses

Outset – helps start-ups and supports them through their first two years

SWMAS – Manufacturing Advisory Service offering business support services to manufacturers

Business Mentors South Westbusiness mentoring services

Enterprise Europe Network South West – information and advice on doing business in Europe

 www.great.gov.uk has tailored support and advice for businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas