We are closely involved with a wide range of projects to provide support and guidance for all types of business in Devon.
Devon work hubs is a growing community of friendly, low-cost and highly flexible workspaces; perfect for home-based and mobile workers, business start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. As well as workspace, several of the work hubs are also able to offer in-house business support.
Making it Local
The Making it Local Local Action Group (LAG) is working with local people and businesses to develop opportunities for improving the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the area through a targeted grants programme called LEADER.
Our area is based on the parishes of the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONBs and the surrounding gateway market towns.
Our overall aim is to use the outstanding environmental quality and local human potential as a ‘springboard’ for sustainable economic growth.
The REAL Devon Local Action Group (LAG) will distribute grants to local people and businesses to develop opportunities for improving the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the area through a targeted grants programme called LEADER.
Our area is based largely in Mid Devon, see our map for more detail.
Devon Tourism Partnership
We are the accountable body for Devon Tourism Partnership, which acts as the voice of tourism for Devon. This partnership includes representatives from all of Devon’s Area Tourism Partnerships, and is responsible for protecting and promoting the ‘Visit Devon’ brand.
Rural Growth Network
The Heart of the South West LEP, supported by our economy team, secured £2.9m from DEFRA to develop a Rural Growth Network (RGN) across rural Devon and Somerset. This aimed to create a sustainable rural economy through developing a network of rural enterprise hubs which act as a focal point for support to the micro and small business sector. This Pilot scheme is now finished, and you can see some of the achievements in this infographic.
- Rural Enterprise Grants – The RGN ran in conjunction with a £1m Rural Enterprise Grant Scheme (REG), delivered by our economy team. This offered capital grants to micro businesses in Devon and Somerset, to develop, expand and stimulate growth. Applications for this scheme are now closed.
- Rural Growth Network Business Support Service – This provided a one-stop portal to help rural business in Devon and Somerset start up and grow via a range of business advice and mentoring, workshops and events to develop business related skills and information about relevant funding opportunities.
- Food and Drink Manufacturers Skills Guide – A skills guide has been produced for food and drink manufacturers in the Heart of the South West. This guide helps organisations identify areas where they can improve their performance, and then develop the skills required to achieve this.