Apply for Work Hub Funding

Thinking of converting idle space into a work hub? Like the idea of bringing new people and energy together? And generate some extra revenue?

Apply for Work Hub Funding

For more information click here.

Applicants must register their intention to bid by noon on Friday 13th May 2016 (by emailing: The deadline for completed applications is noon on Friday 24th June 2016.

New £4m business funding scheme being run by the University of the West of England

Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) is a £4 million grant scheme created with funding from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund. It is available to support businesses to develop innovative products, processes and services.

If you represent a business that has a presence in the South West of England and you have plans to carry out research and development activity, it is very likely that you will be eligible to apply for an I4G grant. to find out more!

Rural Growth Network launches Community Entrepreneurship Pilot scheme

Richard Branson may have said it first but we agree: “2014 will be a year of many big ideas, because it will be the year of the entrepreneur”

The Rural Growth Network (RGN) will be launching its latest initiative, the ‘RGN Community Entrepreneurship Pilot scheme’, which aims to; encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the wider rural community, establish a programme that promotes entrepreneurship within schools, linking primary, secondary and tertiary phases and encourage a whole community approach to the development of innovative and sustainable businesses.

Taking place in five rural locations (Broadclyst / Clyst Vale Community College, Exmouth / Exmouth Community College, Holsworthy / Holsworthy Community College, Totnes / King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC), and Okehampton / Okehampton Community College), the pilot will include a series of workshops, mentoring sessions, information events, and enterprise challenges, focusing separately on local schools as well as members of the local community.

The pilot, initiated by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HOT SW LEP), and funded through the Rural Growth Network (RGN) and Devon County Council, is being delivered by Devon and Cornwall Business Council, in association with a number of partner organisations: Education Business Partnership SW, Careers SW, Optimise4 and The Fruit Tree for Business.

The launch events are being held to inform key stakeholders about the pilot and the various opportunities to get involved in the fully funded activities running in these colleges and communities. Devon County Council, DCBC and a local entrepreneur will be available to inform and inspire you and there will be an opportunity to network!

If you have any problems at all, please email or phone her mobile on: 07855 538 289

New business support service launched for rural Devon and Someset

6,000 businesses across rural Devon and Somerset are set to benefit from a new business support service, launched today by the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Entitled the Heart of the South West Business Support Service, the package provides a range of options to help businesses grow and develop. This includes face to face business advice from a team of specialist business advisers; an interactive workshop programme; an innovation programme; specialist support for women’s led enterprises; and a voucher based support programme.

The aim is to create a strong programme of support throughout the HotSW area, which will stimulate business innovation, helping to boost the local economy and increase jobs.

Just under £1m is being invested into the business support programme across Devon and Somerset. The service is part of the wider Rural Growth Network for Devon and Somerset, which is being led by the HotSW LEP in partnership with Devon and Somerset County Councils. Funding comes from the Defra sponsored RGN programme as well as Devon County Council , which is providing support for innovation in rural businesses.

Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Supporting rural businesses is critical to the economy of the Heart of the South West area – this dedicated service is set to make a huge difference by providing a range of tailored business services that are easily accessible.”

The Heart of the South West Business Support service is delivered by Peninsula Enterprise, who has been working with businesses in the South West for over 20 years and has extensive experience of engaging businesses and delivering economic impact through business support.

David Hynd, Head of Rural at Peninsula Enterprise said: “This new service provides the essential advice, knowledge and guidance that rural businesses need to succeed.

“Businesses eligible for the full service will receive an action plan to help them move their business idea forward and put plans into reality, and will be able to access further assistance via a voucher based support programme.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth said: “The overall £2.9m RGN investment is expected to boost the rural economy by £40m by providing the opportunities and infrastructure that rural businesses need to grow – businesses across Devon are set to benefit directly from the range of services that this new support programme will provide, helping this aim to be achieved.”

HotSW is one of just five LEPs selected to deliver a pilot Rural Growth Network, spearheading a national drive to encourage economic growth and enterprise in rural areas.

£2.9m fund was awarded to the Local Enterprise Partnership working in conjunction with Devon and Somerset County Councils. The Rural Growth Network initiative will run until 2015.

To register your interest to receive support through the service, please visit
The website has information about the programme, as well as providing a local, easy to use gateway to other sources of business support.


Notes to Editors:
For more information, contact Emma Parker Reynolds or Liz Waugh at Coast Communications on 01752 847135 / 07944 360631.

Business support
The Heart of the South West Business Support service is a Heart of the South West LEP initiative, part of the wider Rural Growth Network (RGN) programme, funded by Defra, Devon County Council and the Department for Transport. Devon County Council is the managing authority, working in partnership with Somerset County Council. The RGN is investing in new infrastructure and workspace for businesses, alongside the provision of capital grant aid for micro enterprise, and a focussed package of business support through the Heart of the South West Business Support service, and is a key programme to help stimulate growth in the rural economy. Further information on the RGN can be found at: The contract was awarded through a competitive tender, opened in March 2013 – the contract was awarded at the end of June 2013.

Heart of the South West
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay and the area’s District Councils. It is one of 39 partnerships created since the Government’s Local Growth White Paper published in October 2010. More information about the work of the LEP is available from the website

Rural Growth Networks
The five areas have been chosen to deliver Rural Growth Networks: Wiltshire, Cumbria, Somerset and Devon, Durham and Northumberland, and Warwickshire. In total, Rural Growth Networks are expected to create a total of more than 3,000 jobs and 700 start-up businesses following a £15 million total Government investment.

Devon Work Hubs
Devon County Council is supporting a growing community of flexible workspace across the county, now open
in Tavistock, Totnes, Cullompton, Exeter and Okehampton. Devon work hubs support home-based and mobile workers, small businesses start ups and entrepreneurs by offering professional workspace to use flexibly with fast broadband, meeting rooms, free business advice and great coffee. Further information can be found here:

RGN in Devon and Somerset
To read the earlier announcement about the RGN, please click here:

Working from home?

Working from home or on the move may sound like the dream to those of us who work in offices, but it can have its downsides once the reality kicks in. Working on the move can be particularly stressful, as grabbing the odd hour here and there and tapping away squashed on trains isn’t quite the best environment to excel at business. That’s where work hubs come in.

Devon Work Hubs is a unique concept that’s taken hold of the county’s home and solo workers. It enables them to hire a workspace as and when they need one from just £5 per day – so they enjoy all the perks of an office with none of the distractions of good old home. It’s as simple as turning up, getting down to work and making the most of the free coffee when you need a bit of a break!

Another point many notice when they swap the spare room for a work hub is the difference it makes working close to others. The support of somebody to run ideas by or chat about the latest news in business is something we all take for granted until working by ourselves, and thanks to the design of Devon’s work hubs it’s another advantage of them.

Relax while you get on with Devon Work Hubs

Ok, so we don’t always think about relaxing when we picture ourselves getting on with some work, but Devon work hubs offer a flexible work space that fits around you – and what’s more laidback than that? Because you’re free to book your workspace as and when you need to you can make use of a professional environment exactly when it suits you and your business.

More and more professionals and business owners are discovering work hubs as an alternative to working from home or hiring expensive office space that doesn’t quite fit the bill, and we’re pleased to say that they’re also seeing the benefits.

It’s not just about the bigger issues (such as saving money) though, many who use work hubs in Devon soon begin to notice little improvements from the days of the office. You’ll meet new people regularly, so there’s no more awkward toleration of that loud colleague who sat behind you, and we’re pretty certain that nobody ever missed their commute once they’d given it up!

Oh, and there’s one more little perk that goes a long way – Devon Work Hubs provide free coffee while you work, and we know how important that can be some days.

Impress your Clients with Devon Work Hubs

It’s happened to us all at one point or another…we open the meeting room door to usher those all important clients in and see the awful truth – the room’s been double booked. First impressions count for everything in a company, and many business owners don’t realise just how crucial they can be.

Devon Work Hubs don’t only provide flexible workspaces for business owners, but they also offer professional meeting spaces to help you welcome clients with the right image. Just choose the time that suits you, book your space and then plan your meeting with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have a smooth start to the meeting and a professional space to conduct it in.

Work hubs are reasonable in price too, so you can strike just the right note when meeting associates without breaking the bank. There are Devon work hubs in Exeter, Totnes, Tavistock, Okehampton and Collumpton. There’s another advantage too, you can save your clients part of the journey by booking a workspace that’s closer to them, so you’ll have impressed even before they’ve reached the site. All work hubs have a professional appearance, a motivating environment and free coffee available at all times, so don’t miss the latest business trick.