Prosper Employment Advice

Free support to help you grow your team

Are you looking to expand your team or take on new staff for the first time? Our practical employment advice for small businesses is designed to help you sustainably create a supportive environment and achieve the next stage of growth.

Delivered by local, Devon-based business advisors who know and understand the local market, our free support can help you hire with confidence.

We could help you with:

  • How to take on a new employee or an apprentice
  • Employment legislation & requirements
  • Self-employment
  • Inclusive employment
  • Setting wages
  • Recruiting & hiring
  • Alternatives to redundancy.
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    Benefit from the new apprenticeships policy

    From 1 April 2024, the UK government will pay the full cost of apprenticeships for people under the age of 21 at small businesses. The government currently classifies a small-to medium-sized business as having up to 250 employees, but it plans to raise the threshold to 500 employees, meaning around 1,000 more companies become SMEs. Through Prosper, we can offer guidance on how to take on an apprentice.

    The benefits of apprenticeships for small businesses:
    • Save on recruitment costs
    • Bring in increased diversification across your teams
    • Increase your staff retention rates and employee satisfaction
    • Improve talent acquisition
    • Help fix the skills shortage within your business
    • Introduce industry-leading skills and practices.
    Employment Advice Workshops

    Our Employment Advice support includes access to practical workshops that will help you take the next step with your business. Depending on the outcome of your action plan from your one-to-one session with our business advisor, these could be combined with further mentoring, self-learning, or access to a peer support network.

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    Employing People for the First Time
    Presented by Trevor Vanstone from Perspective HR, this is a comprehensive guide to all the ins & outs of recruiting to expand your business.
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    Be Your Own Boss
    An in-depth guide to the fundamental digital skills crucial for launching and thriving in today's business landscape.
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    How to Create a Successful Funding Application
    Learn what to do when applying for finance to raise your chances of a successful application.
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    Growing your Business in a Digital World
    This workshop is designed to equip you with the essential digital tools and strategies needed to propel your ventures forward.
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    Other ways Prosper can help you

    We can also support you and your business in the following areas. Follow the link below for further details.

    • Business growth
    • Green business support
    • Start-up support
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    Other ways Prosper can help you

    We can also support you and your business in the following areas. Follow the link below for further details.

    • Business growth
    • Green business support
    • Start-up support
    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PROSPER
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    Eligibility

    This support is available to businesses or entrepreneurs based in or looking to start up in East Devon, Exeter, and Mid Devon. If you're unsure, you can check by inputting your postcode into the Council Checker.

    How this support is funded

    Prosper is funded by the UK Government and is receiving up to £569,422 of Shared Prosperity Funding. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is the Managing authority for these funds. The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council.

    Devon County Council is project managing the programme on behalf of East Devon, Mid Devon and Exeter councils, with business support provided by Business Information Point and Cosmic.

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