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FREE Support through North Devon+ to get your Business off to a flying start in 2023!

Following the festivities over Christmas and the New Year, January is a great time for businesses to take stock and plan for growth in the coming year. Small and Medium sized businesses in northern Devon are in the fortunate position of being able to access a comprehensive, but completely FREE programme of business support, to help them plot their pathway to success. The THRIVE programme is being delivered by North Devon+ but business owners need to hurry as the scheme closes at the end of March 2023, so early booking is recommended.  

The workshops are run by skilled and knowledgeable trainers, many of whom run and manage their own small businesses and are entrepreneurs themselves, so know from experience what works best, and the pitfalls to avoid.

Businesses can access up to 4 FREE sessions comprising of a combination of 1-1s and workshops. The one-to-one sessions can be tailored to individual business needs and depending on a business’s stage of development could include:

  • Start-up advice – where to start and what to do
  • Personalised discussions about your business and strategy
  • Impartial advice and guidance on solving issues
  • Sounding board to discuss ideas and explore business development
  • Consultation on your business finances and planning for the future
  • Help with your business plan
  • Advice on how to deal with increased costs / ensuring your prices are right
  • Advice on raising funds and borrowing

Scheduled workshops are delivered interactively online, eliminating the need for travel, and have been organised around the following themes:


Business Masterplan: Preparing a business plan for investors & funders

Tuesday 24th January at 10am.

Marketing Mastery 2: Understanding Your Customers: Delivering Excellent Business Service

Wednesday 1st February at 10am.

Understanding Bookkeeping: Getting the basics right

Thursday 9th February at 10am.

Bookkeeping Basics – Preparing Budgets and Cashflow Forecasts

Tuesday 21st February at 10am.

Coaching for Sales & Negotiation Skills

Tuesday 21st February at 10am.

Bookkeeping Basics – Preparing for Making Tax Digital and the use of Accounting Software

Thursday 23rd February at 10am.

Marketing Know-how: Practical marketing for small businesses

Wednesday 1st March at 10am.

Torridge District Councillor Bob Hicks – Lead Member for the Economy said:

“North Devon+ have been using their expertise to support and help businesses grow and thrive for many years. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the latest round of completely free advice and training and should be on every businesses to do list before the programme finishes in March.”

For more details or to discuss their requirements business owners should visit , email or call 01237 428 834

The Thrive support programme is funded through Heart of the South West Growth Hub, Devon County Council Recovery and Back to Business funding.