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Business mentoring and support


The Invest Devon team are also able to assist businesses looking for support services in Devon.

 Business Information Point (BIP)

Assistance for start-ups, small businesses and farm enterprises across the county.

Devon Business Mentors

Offers a range of business mentoring services that are provided either free of charge or on a subsidised basis to eligible businesses in some parts ofDevon.

  • Services available in: Torridge, North Devon, Torbay and South Hams.
  • Programme also available for high growth businesses.
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Rural Focus

  •  Rural Focus provides easy access to advice, support and funding for rural businesses in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

Heart of the South West Rural Business Support

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has been awarded £2.9m from DEFRA to form a Rural Growth Network (RGN) and rural business support service,

DR Company

A regeneration company based in Devon, DR offers support to businesses and communities for preparing business plans, accessing funds through to project management.


iNets South West provides business support and advice to five specific sectors of the economy: Aerospace and Advanced Engineering, Biomedical, Creative Industries, Environmental and Microelectronics.

Product Development Centre (PDC)

A new and exciting opportunity, providing your business with a dedicated bespoke service to support innovation and take new products from concepts to commercial reality.

South West Business Innovation Acceleration Project (SWBIAP)

The service provides free support to businesses to help solve a real business challenge using innovative solutions developed in conjunction with business innovation mentors.

Enterprise Europe Network South West

Provides high quality advice and practical support to businesses throughout Devon and the south west in relation to Europe and further afield.

 Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing  Technologies (CALMARE)

£1.8m centre set up to support South West businesses working in composites and plastics, provide companies with access to advice, expertise and technology.

Area-specific assistance

Business buddies

Provides experienced business mentors at no charge to eligible small businesses in areas of North Devon and Torridge.

North Devon +

Offers a comprehensive suite of business advice for new and developing businesses in North Devon.

Exeter Business Support

Assistance for start-ups includes free one to one advice, business coaching and mentoring, opportunities to promote and market your business, and all aspects of business planning.

Outset Torbay

Outset Torbay is a fully-funded programme with the aim of supporting under-represented enterprise groups to start their own businesses in the Torbay area.

Outset Plymouth

Free programme helping people in Plymouth area to think about starting their own business. Outset Plymouth is a funded programme.