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'Meet the Expert' Business Support Programme

What’s on offer?

If you’re looking for new ways to make more money and find new customers, ‘Meet the Expert’ Business Support Programme will help. The support on offer from the programme is EU funded and completely free to businesses in Devon.

The Programme offers eligible SMEs an initial 3 hour diagnostic to support their plans to grow or expand.  Businesses will be then be offered the opportunity to access a further 9 hours support, which aims to increase growth and business efficiency.

Following the diagnostic process, businesses may be eligible to access a £1,000 fixed sum grant for external consultancy support, which could be used to access a range of advice, such as:

  • Finance/funding
  • Sales and marketing
  • Regulations
  • HMRC/tax
  • Premises/property
  • Legal advice
  • Innovation and intellectual property
  • HR and recruitment
  • Skills and workforce development
  • Strategy and management
  • Business expansion
  • Supply chain

As part of this support package, you will also be signposted to external agencies, such as local and specialist business support organisations, training providers and trading standards.

Who’s it for?

ERDF eligible businesses based in Devon.

For more information please contact:

Emily Collacott, Business Relationship Manager, Plymouth City Council

T: 01752 307895     E: emily.collacott@plymouth.gov.uk


‘Meet the Growth & Profit Expert’

Get your Growth and Profit Strategy in shape for 2020 

Monday 10 February 2020 from 10.30am to 2pm at Oceansgate, Endeavour House, Vivid Approach, Plymouth PL1 4RW

As part of the launch of the new ‘Meet the Expert’ Business Support Programme we are delighted to be offering this FREE growth and profit strategy workshop aimed at any SME located in Devon.

If you are a small innovative business looking for support in an increasingly competitive arena this “Meet the Strategy Expert” Workshop is for you and will help you understand how to review your growth and profit strategy to help support your business grow.

Richard Miller is Strategic Services Partner at Dafferns Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

He helps SMEs and not-for-profits formulate their strategic direction, build capability and implement growth, profit and change initiatives. He is focused on agile ways of bringing change success.

As an experienced facilitator and adviser, Richard challenges ideas and business models, transfers skills to client companies using problem-solving tools and techniques and uses project teams at clients to fix short term issues and achieve long term goals.

The interactive session will include a free networking lunch as well as tea and coffee on arrival.

Workshop Programme

10.30am to 10.45am – Arrival and Registration

10.45am to 11am – “Meet the Expert” Business Support Programme Introduction

11am to 12pm – Part 1  Growth and Profit Strategy Review

12pm to 12.45pm – Lunch and Networking

12.45pm to 1.15pm  – Part 2 Interactive Activities

1.15pm to 1.45pm – Part 3 Interactive Q&A

1.45pm – “Meet the Expert”  Business Support Programme – Sign up clinic with Emily Collacott

Limited spaces available. Find out more and book your place on Eventbrite.

Stay tuned as more workshop dates will be announced in the near future.

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