East Devon: Adapt & Thrive

Support for local businesses through Covid-19

East Devon Adapt & Thrive LogoEast Devon District Council has provided funding to support businesses through the ever changing and difficult landscape for business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Business Information Point and Cosmic are providing a range of free webinars and one-to-one support for businesses across the area to support your specific needs.

If you are starting a business for the first time and need help deciding if self-employment is the right thing for you as well as navigating the important aspects of launching your first business, we have a range of support to get you started on the right foot.

For larger businesses with a workforce to manage we can provide specific support, whether that be reassessing your business strategy, identifying digital opportunities or training staff members, our advisors are here to work with you and help you through any challenges you may be facing.


This support is available completely free to any business whose primary location is in East Devon.


Enter your details below and one of our experienced advisors will contact you to discuss your business.

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How we can help

BIP Team

All of the support through this programme is completely free and we have created various packages of support depending on your stage of business, from pre-starts to large employers.

  • Startup Webinars

    Together with digital specialists Cosmic we have created a four part startup programme, run online and presented by our experienced business and digital advisors.

    The webinars will take you logically through from the basics of self-employment and starting your first business, through to learning how to create you own business website and Facebook business page.

    Follow the links below to book on to any or all sessions:

    Part 1: Is Self Employment Right For Me? (29th September)

    Part 2: Starting Your First Business (6th October)

    Part 3: Website Design & Getting Discovered Online (14th October)

    Part 4: Making the Most of Facebook for New Business (21st October)

    You can find details of all the available webinars on our dedicated Eventbrite page.

  • Bespoke Advice

    Larger businesses often have more complicated and varied needs. This has been highlighted even more during the pandemic with businesses often having to face additional difficulties or changes in consumer behaviour.

    Our advisors have a wealth of experience, dealing with a wide range of business sectors in identifying and providing solutions to many issues that businesses face. Having an independent, and completely impartial professional listen and work through issues with you on a one-to-one basis can be a very valuable resource. We also have a great number of local contacts and can signpost, advise and provide additional training as required.

    Our advice is not generic information you can find on the internet but tailored specifically to the needs of your business and borne out of experience having worked with thousands of businesses across the region.

  • Additional Webinars

    There will be other free webinars available on specific business and digital related topics during the course of the programme. You can find details of all the available webinars on our dedicated Eventbrite page.

Available Webinars

How this support is funded

The Adapt & Thrive programme has been funded by East Devon District Council.