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Heart of the South West Growth Hub

Access the support available to you from the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

Business support from North Devon Plus

North Devon+ is part of a new programme to assist businesses during the recovery from the pandemic. The programme will enable business owners to discuss their current business situation with an independent and impartial adviser.  Some of the key areas a business owner could be working on during this period may include market research, competition analysis, how to keep your current customers, diversification, online trading, upskilling, training opportunities, cash flows, financing or refinancing, government grants and loans availability. 

You can speak to a member of the North Devon+ team on 01237 428834 or by emailing 

Currently ND+ has a Business Support Programme focussing on COVID-19, to review what challenges your business currently faces and looking at ways of managing your cashflow. They can also look at what you can do in the future to build up your business once out of lockdown. They have also created a useful flowchart which can be used to ensure you or your business does not miss out on any Government grants that are currently available.

Digital Boost - free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus

Digital Boost was launched this week – a free-to-use platform that matches digital experts for free with micro and SME businesses and charities experiencing difficulties during the current climate in need of specific digital support.

The request for help could be anything from  bespoke support in how to use understand Google Analytics, creating a logo for a new service launching or developing online content.

The support is delivered through matching the business with an expert for a boost call and/ or matching you with a workshop and /or signposting to online self-help resources.

Virtual career fair 

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have launched a Jobs Launchpad for those who have been made redundant, or been affected by the closure of employers in the Heart of the South West.

Barnstaple and District Chamber of Commerce

Barnstaple and District Chamber of Commerce have put together a range of resources and signpost help for businesses struggling with the current Covid-19 environment.

Alongside these resources the Chamber are running a series of free webinars (open to members and non-members) such as business question forums with the local MP’s, advice on cash flow management with local accountancy experts.  More webinars will be added over time.

Better Business For All Toolkit

Better Business For All (BBFA) is a partnership of Devon and Somerset’s local authorities, business groups, regulators and trading standards services, and they have created a resource providing guidance and advice to businesses.

It follows the Government’s announcement that from 15 June ‘non-essential’ businesses can reopen.

The toolkit provides information and links to help businesses understand what their regulatory and legal responsibilities are and what they have to do to restart their business safely.

It provides useful documents including a risk assessment template, action plan, business checklists and safety guides.

It will answer questions ranging from ‘Can I open?’ right through to how to reopen safely, travel advice for employees and visitors, and guidance on personal protective equipment and hygiene.

Access the BBFA COVID-19 toolkit.

Supply of PPE

A business to business portal has been set up by Applegate to match those wanting to provide PPE to those who may need it, such as those in the care sector and key workers. Access the business supply hub for PPE provision on their website.

Online courses

Learn Devon

Learn Devon is currently offering a range of free online courses to enhance your physical, mental and social wellbeing. This includes activities to do with your children whilst in lockdown, learn mindfulness techniques and how to manage stress, or study a new language and many more. 

Learn Devon also offer a range of different arts and crafts courses to help you maintain your wellbeing at home. It’s proven that using your creativity will help you feel more content and happier so why not learn something new? Their creativity-focused classes offer courses in gardening, creative writing or arts. 


At a time where physical interactions are limited, have you considered your online presence?

Udemy have a host of free courses that can help promote your business. From analytics to social media - there is something here for everyone. 

See what you can learn today (Wednesday 1 July 2020) by checking out this Facebook page

Business lockdown checklist to do and contact suppliers

We have compiled a checklist to help businesses during lockdown.