Companies across Devon are being urged to take up free business support as the deadline for this year’s Fast Track to Growth programme approaches.
Backed by Devon County Council, the annual programme offers free business advice from a team of experts including Barclays, DataWise Intelligence, PKF Francis Clark, Sampson Hall and Stephens Scown LLP.
Astley Media, Cosmic, Neligan Financial, and Perfect Pigtails HR and SETSquared Exeter are also providing business expertise, with events being held in Exeter and Plymouth.
The annual programme provides advice and support for companies intent on growth, including a free Growth Day event at Deer Park Hotel, with lunch included, near Honiton with workshops and one-to-one sessions on key topics.
Shortlisted firms then gain access to four days of workshops in March, covering topics including implementing growth plans, finance, legal, marketing, digital skills, data and HR expertise. A final pitch event will see one company win £20,000 worth of on-going business support through 2017.
Lewis Banfield, partner at PKF Francis Clark, said: “The South West economy is driven by local entrepreneur’s growing their businesses, building employment and ensuring the South West remains an attractive place to live. Fast Track to Growth will provide support to these entrepreneurs, and help them to achieve their growth plans. We are delighted to be involved.”
With the deadline Monday February 6, companies are urged to apply via a short online application form at www.ft2g.co.uk.
Bluebird Care, Custodian Solutions, Essential 6, Holiday Toys, Otter Valley Dairy, Pickle Shack and Salcombe Gin Company were amongst companies that took part in the growth programme in 2016.
David Culshaw, Partner at Stephens Scown, said: “Innovative businesses are the lifeblood of our region and I would urge them to get involved. The business advice and support they will receive could give them that push they need to take their business to the next level.”