Starting a Business

If you are looking at starting a business, we can support you through an exciting and challenging time. There is a lot to think about and get right as well as some pitfalls to avoid. By sitting down with an experienced business advisor, you can discuss your business idea and and get some guidance on the next steps to take.

We have helped thousands of people make the jump to become self-employed. The support we offer includes:

  • Preparing business plans
  • Applying for grants and loans
  • Marketing and sales
  • Company formation
  • Tax and self-assessment
  • Employment
  • Legislative requirements

It’s a broad base of practical, no nonsense advice that builds the foundations of a strong business.

Depending on where you live or what sort of business you are thinking of starting, you may be able to get help from us for free or at a subsidised rate.

Help could be on a one-to-one basis with an experienced business advisor, in a small group session or on one of our free business skills workshops.


Start Up & Grow

With thanks to funding from the European Union we are able to offer up to 12 hours worth of free start-up business support throughout Devon (excluding Torbay, Plymouth & North Devon), worth £600.

If you are thinking about or are already in the process of starting your own business then this could be the ideal opportunity to access free support from experienced advisors at no cost to you.

Find out more about the Start Up & Grow Programme >>

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Get in touch

Please fill in your details below to have a friendly chat with one of our experienced business advisors to help you start your own business.

Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Somerset. The good news is that Somerset Business Agency offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the Somerset Business Agency website for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in North Devon. The good news is that North Devon+ offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the North Devon+ website or call 01237 426 426 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Torridge. The good news is that North Devon+ offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the North Devon+ website or call 01237 426 426 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Torbay. The good news is that Torbay Development Agency offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the TDA website or call Kim Thornton on 01803 207 948 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Plymouth. The good news is that Outset offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the Outset website or call Graham Leigh on 0800 587 7707 for more information.

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.

Get in touch

Please fill in your details below to have a friendly chat with one of our experienced business advisors to help you start your own business.

Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Somerset. The good news is that Somerset Business Agency offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the Somerset Business Agency website for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in North Devon. The good news is that North Devon+ offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the North Devon+ website or call 01237 426 426 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Torridge. The good news is that North Devon+ offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the North Devon+ website or call 01237 426 426 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Torbay. The good news is that Torbay Development Agency offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the TDA website or call Kim Thornton on 01803 207 948 for more information.
Sorry but we aren't currently able to offer business support in Plymouth. The good news is that Outset offers fully-funded business support in your area. Visit the Outset website or call Graham Leigh on 0800 587 7707 for more information.

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.

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