DCC Update – Help on hand to start a new enterprise or grow an existing business
As part of our £6 million programme to support Devon's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, DCC are making help available for those looking to start a new business or social enterprise in Devon, or to grow their existing business.
Published: 27 February 2022
The support is suitable for almost all businesses, but specifically aims to reach individuals in Devon within sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 such as tourism, hospitality, retail, food and drink, and especially in the priority areas of West Devon, Torridge, Teignbridge and Mid Devon.
‘Devon Get Started’ has been established to help anyone aged 25 years old and over in the county to get their ideas off the ground. It focuses on support prior to start-up, aiming to build confidence, managing start-up costs, and covering any skills gaps. Start-ups or social enterprises in their first six months who are facing continuity challenges, are also eligible for support.
For businesses that are already up and running, DCC are offering help through Thrive Devon which aims to support small and medium enterprise (SME) productivity and competitiveness, helping businesses to grow, create jobs and reach new markets. Thrive Devon will offer a free diagnostic and training service, with tailor-made support that will enable businesses to improve and grow, including specialist workshops on topics such as digital skills, finance, marketing, HR and business planning.