Devon and Somerset Firms Benefit from New Support Service

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

The Support Service, provides a variety of options to assist firms to develop and grow. Face to face business advice is included from a team of expert business advisers;
*an interactive workshop programme
*an innovation programme
*specialist support for women’s led enterprises
*a voucher based support programme

The objective is to establish a strong programme of assistance throughout the HotSW area, which will facilitate business innovation, helping the local economy and increasing employment.

Just under £1 million is being invested into the business support programme across the area. 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.

Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership commented:

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

For further information see the website