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Initiatives in South West England

Business Mentors South West

What’s on Offer?

Business Mentors South West provide a range of business mentoring services to business owners and leaders of all sizes of business involving all manner of business issues.

They have access to a large and dedicated volunteer corps who provide volunteer mentoring for small businesses.

Mentoring is generally provided on a relatively informal basis. Clients generally meet with their mentor on a monthly basis, and should be prepared to set aside approximately 2 – 2.5hrs for each meeting.

Who’s it for?

Businesses in Devon or Somerset.

At the discretion of Business Mentors South West:

Mentoring support is generally only provided to small established businesses that are looking to grow their business and improve performance and there are realistic opportunities to do so.

Typically work with clients with less than 10 employees.

Client must be committed to mentoring.

Client must be willing to pay travel costs incurred by the mentor and travel to meet the mentor part way if necessary.

Contact Information

T: 01752 246353



Exeter Library – Business & Intellectual Property Centre

What’s on offer?

Exeter Library is part of the Business and Intellectual Property Centre network. As a Business and Intellectual Property Centre they follow a programme and ethos developed by Business and Intellectual Property Centre at the British Library, London, providing support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors.

At the Centre you can access a comprehensive collection of online databases and publications, and attend practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks.

They have a trained business champion team that work alongside industry experts, to provide guidance and information on a range of business issues.

We have a comprehensive collection of databases and publications which can be used to research trademarks, patents, registered designs, copyright and other intellectual property (IP) issues.

You can find Exeter Business & IP Centre in the Business Hub on the ground floor of Exeter Library.

For more information on one to one clinics run at the library follow the link

Who’s it for?

New and established businesses

Contact information



Get Set For Growth

What’s on offer?

GetSet for Growth offers fully funded marketing and finance expertise to ambitious businesses with the potential to grow.

GetSet for Growth focuses on helping business overcome the two biggest barriers to growth: access to customers and access to finance.

Support available includes master classes and workshops, 1:1 advice and coaching from GetSet Adviser. A more intensive and bespoke support service is available to ambitious businesses.

Who’s it for?

Business owners must be interested in growth and the possibility of creating new jobs in their business as a result.

Available to existing, UK registered trading businesses

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Growth Support Programme

What’s on Offer?

Businesses who meet the eligibility criteria can benefit from the Growth Support Programme. You can view the customer journey here.

The Growth Support Programme is an EU funded support package which offers an initial 3 hour diagnostic to businesses wishing to grow or expand. The 3 hour diagnostic involves a face to face meeting with one of their experienced delivery partner business advisors, during which a development plan will be formulated for your business and any areas where additional support could be of benefit are identified.

As part of this initial meeting, businesses may also be signposted to external agencies, such as local and specialist business support organisations, training providers and trading standards.

If a need for further support is identified as part of the initial meeting, businesses will be offered the opportunity to commit to a further 9 hour support package of three business support modules, which are each 3 hours long. These include a core Digital module, which aims to increase growth and business efficiency through digital means. The business can then choose two modules from three further support options available which include Finance, Human Resources, Innovation and Marketing.

Referral or signposting to other agencies identified during the 9 hour support package will also be provided at the end of the package.

Who’s it for?

ERDF Eligible businesses based in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. This programme does not cover North Somerset or BANES.

Start & Grow Programme Business West

Throughout the Start & Grow programme you will have access to one-to-one support and advice, training, mentoring and funding guidance. All you need is the passion to make your business a success. During the programme you will receive:

One-to-one assessment with an experienced, independent business adviser who will review your business idea and formulate your next steps

A personalised support programme, including; guidance, advice and peer learning, leading to the development of a robust business plan

Dedicated support with your funding application

Ongoing support for three years to ensure your business success

To be eligible for Start & Grow, you need to be:

Pre-start-up or have recently registered your business

Looking to employ staff within the next 3 years, or have a business partner

Looking to receive personal or external investment within the next 3 years

Ready to take the next step? Get in touch with the start-up team at Business West on 01275 376 233 or by filling out the enquiry form.

West Devon Business Support

New or trading businesses in West Devon Borough Council area can access free 1 to 1 advice from a qualified business adviser.

The Service is delivered by BIP.

Who’s it for?

Any new or established businesses based in West Devon Borough Council Area

Contact information

T. 0800 592872