Free expert advice on offer to help businesses grow
22 Oct 2020
A Plymouth-based programme aiming to drive business growth is offering free expert advice sessions to small businesses across Devon.
The ‘Meet the Expert’ programme offers local businesses the chance to learn from experts in a range of fields. Businesses that participate in the sessions can also take advantage of match funding allowing them to work directly with consultants on specific projects to aid development and growth.
The programme is delivered as part of the construction of Phase 2 of Oceansgate, Plymouth’s new hub for marine and maritime businesses, which has been made possible with funding from Plymouth City Council and £2.25 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Since January 2020, 41 businesses have accessed the three-hour Meet the Expert specialist sessions. Past sessions have covered key topics such as strategy, marketing and sales, finance, HR and business processes.
Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for businesses but we’re focusing hard on economic development and our recovery programme, Resurgam, to help businesses bounce back from the challenges they’ve faced. Programmes like ‘Meet the Expert’ have an important role to play and make a real tangible difference, giving smaller businesses the targeted expert support they need to grow.”
Any Devon-based small or medium-sized business can join the free Meet the Expert workshops. Eligible businesses may then be invited to apply for a £1,000 grant in match funding for bespoke consultancy support to help them overcome barriers to growth.