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Helping you start
& stay in business

Your local business advisors
for over 30 years

Small business advisor offering advice

Helping you start
& stay in business

Your local business advisors
for over 30 years

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What we do

We have been providing tailored, small business and agricultural advice in Devon for over 30 years.
We offer a range of fully-funded support programmes for both small businesses and the farming community throughout the South West. In addition to our free advice, we also offer commercial support at highly competitive rates. Take a look at all of the support currently available.

Local support, tailored to you

Whatever business you're in, we're here to help. Since we started in 1993, we've helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free, high-quality support and advice.

As an enterprise agency, we don't make a profit and our funded programmes are backed by local councils and UK government schemes.

From small business to agriculture, our team of highly experienced advisors are here to give you individual support totally tailored to your needs.

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Supporting you

Small business funding

How to get access to funding is one of the questions we most commonly get asked. Other than going to your bank there are a other places to seek grant or loan funding depending on your circumstances and the type of investment you need.

We always keep updated with the latest funding that's available in the local area and can let you know what funding you may be able to access. With years of experience we also know what funding providers are looking for in a successful application and can help guide you through the process.

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What our clients say

  • Helpful, knowledgeable, conscientious, prompt, professional, a really good service to have in the area. I’d be a bit stuck without them. Go straight to BIP. I have passed this advice on to many people over the years and indeed got a message this morning from someone who has taken that advice saying “Thankyou – they are amazing!"Jo Henderson - Barrel Top Wagons
  • Our overall experience with BIP has been amazing, we have been given all the help and advice we could possibly need, and their advisors always have time to sit down and listen to ideas you have and give their advice on them. From simple things such as registering a new business to advanced online marketing, BIP has helped us 100% all the way!Ben Bailey - Tally Ho Brewery
  • Knowing that there is someone who wants to help you at the end of the phone is a wonderful feeling. Added to that their ability to understand problems we are facing and using their knowledge network, point us in the direction where we can find suitable help or answers. This link between us and available support, training and advice is very very valuable to us.David Kittow - Kittow Cattle
  • The experience has provided good support and advice thus far and I hope to benefit from ongoing support in the future as the business develops. The personal advice from Chris has been spot on and I have benefitted from the various conversations we have had regards business experiences.John Preston - 2D Carpet Cleaning
  • I would give BIP 10 out of 10. I've had a lot of support, confidence building, all my questions have been answered fully with 100% support! Without BIP I would never have had the confidence to take the big step of starting up my own business. Thank you so much BIP!Bethany Neely - A Touch of Elegance
  • A very positive experience. I got the impression that the people I was working with really cared about my success.Anne Anderson - Accu-write
  • I have found the whole experience very helpful, and cannot praise enough the help, support and patience of my mentors.Neville Upton - Extreme Clean Car Valeting Service
  • In this day and age, with so much support for small businesses being cut, I felt very fortunate to be able to access tailored, face-to-face advice in a way that worked for us as a business. We needed answers to specific questions and this was what we received. This is no substitute for searching for ‘generic’ advice over the internet!Rachel Johnstone - Southgate Publishers
  • I have been impressed with the contacts made and the advice given. The business plan and financial forecast spreadsheets were particularly helpful in trying to foresee the future for my business. I would certainly suggest that other business owners contact BIP for this support.Felicity Chipp - Tranquillity
  • Amazing! They have been really helpful and generous with their time. The training courses they provide has been top notch. Go to BIP! They're quick and generous and have a great track record.Dan Metcalf - Word Nerd Games
  • I learned things about business which I had not known, it gave me the confidence that some of the things we were doing as a business were on track. Gave me the opportunity to stand back and receive some expert advice. My experience was a very positive one. Graham was very knowledgeable; even though my own business knowledge is scant at no point did he condescend. He had lots of good ideas and highlighted many issues I had not thought about. Following our meeting he sent me a very large number of documents, some of which will be useful in the short term, some in the long term. It demonstrated to me that he had really been fully engaged with the issues The Filo Project faces and will face in the future. Liz Dennis - The Filo Project
  • Thanks so much for taking the time to advise me on my new business venture, you were so helpful and gave me some brilliant ideas for maximising business.
    Mary Sutherland - Adventurous Souls Camper Hire


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