Put Your Best Foot Forward

Free support to revive your business and come out stronger in 2021


Businesses and the self-employed have been hit hard by the pandemic, though with the a vaccine programme underway there is light at the end of the tunnel and a cause to look ahead.

Clearly a lot has changed since the UK went into it's first lock-down last year so it may well not be business as usual for some time. Customer attitudes, behaviors and indeed, whole industries have changed. That means it's vital to take stock and adapt to new ways of operating as well as planning ahead to reopen when restrictions are relaxed.

It can really help to have someone experienced to guide you through and that's where we come in. Our local advisers are uniquely equipped to support you, and we are able to do this for free thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Programme.

We can support businesses located in Exeter, East Devon, West Devon, Mid Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay. Each business can receive 12 hours of free business support with a combination of remote, one-to-one meetings and webinars on a wide range of topics.

This funded support is available until the end of March 2021 through the Growth Support Programme so get in touch with us today.

We are not taking any new applications for the current Growth Support Programme and will update this page once the new phase of support is available shortly.

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

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    Put Your Best Foot Forward

    Free support to adapt your business and come out stronger in 2021


    Businesses and the self-employed have been hit hard by the pandemic, though with the a vaccine programme underway there is light at the end of the tunnel and a cause to look ahead.

    Clearly a lot has changed since the UK went into it's first lock-down last year so it may well not be business as usual for some time. Customer attitudes, behaviors and indeed, whole industries have changed. That means it's vital to take stock and adapt to new ways of operating as well as planning ahead to reopen when restrictions are relaxed.

    It can really help to have someone experienced to guide you through and that's where we come in. Our local advisers are uniquely equipped to support you, and we are able to do this for free thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Programme.

    We can support businesses located in Exeter, East Devon, West Devon, Mid Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge and Torbay. Each business can receive 12 hours of free business support with a combination of remote, one-to-one meetings and webinars on a wide range of topics.

    This funded support is available until the end of March 2021 through the Growth Support Programme so get in touch with us today.

    How we can help

    BIP Team
    • Bespoke Advice

      Chat through your business challenges one-to-one with an experienced business advisor.

    • Online Workshops

      Register for one of our online business skills webinars from marketing to bookkeeping.

    • Phone & Email Support

      Your personal business advisor will be available to help with any questions you have.

    This support is here for you and tailored specifically to your individual needs (not generic advice you can find on the internet). Our advisors have a wealth of knowledge and can discuss any aspects of your business as needed. Whether you need to re-evaluate your marketing strategy, create a new business plan, navigate the road to reopening or discuss staffing, we can help.

    All of our one-to-one meetings will take place remotely using online meeting software such as Zoom. If your internet service is poor and this isn't possible then the advisor can speak to you over the phone instead.

    Webinars

    We have a range of free webinar topics available for you to register on. These will be updated on a regular basis during the course of the support programme. If you would like to register on any of these please visit our workshop page for further information of what is available and links to join.

    We are also partnered with local digital agency, Cosmic who are providing additional free webinars on a variety of digital topics including:

    • Digital Marketing
    • Facebook for Business
    • Understanding Office 365
    • Introduction to Video Website
    • Improvements & SEO
    • Instagram for Business
    • Introduction to Photography
    • Using Teams & Zoom Meetings

    Once you have had your initial meeting with one of our advisors, they can register you for the webinars of your choice depending on your needs.

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    How we can help

    BIP Team
    • Bespoke Advice

      Chat through your business challenges one-to-one with an experienced business advisor.

    • Online Workshops

      Register for one of our online business skills webinars from marketing to bookkeeping.

    • Phone & Email Support

      Your personal business advisor will be available to help with any questions you have.

    This support is here for you and tailored specifically to your individual needs (not generic advice you can find on the internet). Our advisors have a wealth of knowledge and can discuss any aspects of your business as needed. Whether you need to re-evaluate your marketing strategy, create a new business plan, navigate the road to reopening or discuss staffing, we can help.

    All of our one-to-one meetings will take place remotely using online meeting software such as Zoom. If your internet service is poor and this isn't possible then the advisor can speak to you over the phone instead.

    Webinars

    We have a range of free webinar topics available for you to register on. These will be updated on a regular basis during the course of the support programme. If you would like to register on any of these please visit our workshop page for further information of what is available and links to join.

    We are also partnered with local digital agency, Cosmic who are providing additional free webinars on a variety of digital topics including:

    • Digital Marketing
    • Facebook for Business
    • Understanding Office 365
    • Introduction to Video Website
    • Improvements & SEO
    • Instagram for Business
    • Introduction to Photography
    • Using Teams & Zoom Meetings

    Once you have had your initial meeting with one of our advisors, they can register you for the webinars of your choice depending on your needs.

    GET IN TOUCH

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

      Tick this box to subscribe to our email list. We will send you updates on upcoming free workshops, small business related news and articles as well as local funding and support no more than twice a month. We never sell or share your details with third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time.

      Here's what some of our clients have to say

      Our advisor encouraged us to think in a profit-focused way and take time out from the day-to-day operational issues to plan strategically. We were encouraged to ‘see’ beyond our immediate challenge and look at the wider profitability of the business including the risks and our own financial goals for the future. This led to a clarity we hadn't seen before. 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
      Helpful, knowledgeable, conscientious, prompt, professional. A really good service to have in the area and 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 “thank you, they are amazing!”Jo Henderson - Barrel Top Wagons

      How this support is funded

      The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme is receiving up to £1,294,302 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit this page. The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council, working with the following delivery partners: BIP, Cosmic, North Devon +, SBA, and YTKO.