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Prosper Business Support

Devon Elevation Fund

The Devon Elevation Fund, being part of the Community Renewal Fund, will provide grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for projects that help businesses and community organisations
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Join Prosper for free, transformative business support

We’re excited to launch our new, free business support programme for pre-start and trading businesses in Mid Devon, East Devon and Exeter.

This specialised support is designed to help businesses and entrepreneurs improve productivity, reach net zero goals, move into new markets, develop new products and more.

Partnering with digital agency and social enterprise, Cosmic, we’ll be delivering support under four categories:

  • Businesses looking to change & adopt new practices
  • Green business support
  • Start-up support
  • Businesses looking to employ staff.

Eligible businesses will receive an initial in-depth one-to-one diagnostic, followed by flexible, personalised support that fits with their business needs and goals.

With a strong focus on sustainability and digital solutions, the support that follows could include further one-to-one sessions, workshops, access to peer groups and a self-learning platform, depending on the outcome of your initial diagnostic meeting.

Every business is unique, and our 25+ years' experience means we are able to tailor our support specifically to you.


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.
Start your growth and sustainability journey today. Take a closer look below at our four areas of support and how the programme works.
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You can register for Prosper via the Heart of the South West Growth Hub here.



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    Business Change

    Whether you're looking at taking your business into new markets, aiming to launch new products or services, if you need help with planning or managing finances, or if you want to improve your digital skills, this support is designed for businesses looking to change and adopt new practices.

    One of our expert advisors will help you look holistically at your business and identify the primary issues you face and the areas for real growth and change. Together, you'll then create a clear, manageable plan of action that you can work through.

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    We could help you with:

    • Exploring new accounting packages to streamline your financial processes
    • Advice on Making Tax Digital and how to use accounting software
    • Streamlining your office processes through new software such as Microsoft 365
    • Looking at CRM systems to increase your sales and improve customer service
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    • Social media training to help you reach new customers
    • Support with how to set up business website or online store
    • Developing a new or updated marketing plan to access new markets
    • Creating a strong business plan to help you launch a new product or service successfully
    • Look at options to improve your manufacturing processes to make them more efficient

    And much more, depending on your business needs.

    Green Business

    Our green business support provides practical advice, guidance and inspiration on sustainable practices for businesses in Mid Devon, East Devon & Exeter. 

    We believe it's essential for every business to have a carbon Net Zero plan in place and we're committed to building sustainability into all of the support we offer. Whatever stage you're at on your Net Zero journey - whether you're yet to start or you've made some initial changes - the guidance we provide will be relatable, effective and led by your business needs.

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    We could help you with:

    • Understanding the key facets of sustainable business practice and practical ways to apply them
    • Engaging your team to think sustainably and drive a greener cultural change
    • Understanding which sustainable certification is right for your business and how it can support growth
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    • Exploring ways to reduce your digital carbon footprint
    • How to promote your sustainable activities without greenwashing
    • Free carbon audits
    • How to build an Environmental Management System.

    Start-up Support

    Starting a new business is a really exciting yet daunting task. There's a lot to consider, but with guidance from our experienced business advisors, you're in good hands.

    Available to start-ups in Exeter, Mid Devon and East Devon, the support we provide is interwoven with digital strategy which is essential for the success of any new venture in today's world. Give your new business the best possible start with Prosper.

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    We could help you with:

    • Business planning​
    • Building confidence​
    • Market research​
    • How to identify resources​
    • How to avoid common mistakes​
    • Legal structure​
    • Registering your business​
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    • How to manage, organise, run, market, finance & grow a new business.

    Employment Advice

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

    • How to take on a new employee
    • Employment legislation & requirements
    • Self-employment
    • Inclusive employment
    • Setting wages
    • Recruiting & hiring
    • Alternatives to redundancy.
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    How it works

    The first step of the Prosper programme is a one-to-one session with one of our experienced business advisors. Every eligible business receives this. It's a chance for you to discuss the challenges you're facing, and the goals you're looking to achieve.

    You'll take a holistic view of your business with your dedicated advisor during this in-depth meeting. You'll then create an action plan and decide on which type of support best suits your needs. This could be in the form of further one-to-one mentoring, information workshops, peer support networks, access to our new self-learning platform or a combination of any of these. 

    Sit down, either online or in-person and work through your business challenges with a dedicated advisor.

    Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood from the trees when you're running the daily operations of your own business. Being able to get an outside, impartial point of view and having the time to step back and focus on your business goals can be a truly valuable experience.

    Our advisors have worked with thousands of businesses and have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help guide you through whatever your challenges or aims. They are also there to hold you accountable and keep you on track with your goals.

    Culture, Leisure & Tourism Fund

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    The Rural England Prosperity Fund has been created to boost the rural economy as part of the government’s levelling-up programme. £110m has been made available to be invested in projects that boost productivity, create rural job opportunities and support improvements in community infrastructure.

    Investment will be distributed through local authorities, and the priorities of each area will be carefully considered. Farm businesses looking to diversify, community projects, rural venues, and tourism facilities could all benefit. Capital grants will also be available to support digital infrastructure in village halls, pubs and post offices, and to support new or existing natural, cultural and heritage sites. The parameters of the scheme are broad, creating a lot of opportunity for organisations and communities to be given an extra boost where it is needed most.

    How to apply

    If you’re looking to apply for the Rural England Prosperity Fund, here’s what you need to know:

    • The funding is available for both new and existing projects between 2023 and 2025.
    • How your project may impact the environment and how it sits with the government’s commitment to being net zero by 2050 should be considered, as this may be questioned on application.
    • How your project may benefit your local community is also likely to be questioned. For example, if the renovation of a farm or community building employs local builders and local people to subsequently run the business, the application is more likely to be approved.
    • Showing a clear and robust plan on your application is essential.
    • Funding pots will be allocated to local authorities, with application details to be announced when the funding is released. We’ll be updating this page with more information on this as soon as we have it.
    • Some local authorities have released information on how much funding they have been allocated:
      > See Teignbridge  
      > See East Devon
      > See Cornwall

    How we can help

    Unfortunately there is no funded support available but if you need assistance with your Rural England Prosperity Fund application, we can help you on a commercial basis, so please get in touch. We’ve been supporting rural businesses, communities and farmers for over 25 years, and we’re experts in preparing funding and planning applications.

    Devon Elevation Fund

    The Devon Elevation Fund, being part of the Community Renewal Fund, will provide grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for projects that help businesses and community organisations
    Learn More

    How to register

    You can register for Prosper via the Heart of the South West Growth Hub here.


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    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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