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Ambitious Devon Businesses Wanted

By January 17, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog

Every company in Devon has the chance to gain free business support from today as the county’s Fast Track to Growth programme gets underway.


Backed by Devon County Council and a host of other organisations, Fast Track to Growth helps companies achieve better business growth through targeted free expertise. Firms of all sizes and stages in their business in Devon are eligible.


The programme includes a ‘Meet and Greet’ event at Hotel du Vin in Exeter on Thursday January 25, ahead of a Growth Day event packed with business workshops and 1-1 sessions with experts in April.


All companies who join at also have the chance of being shortlisted for a full intensive business growth programme over three days in May and June. A final Dragons’ Den style pitch event will see two secure ongoing business support worth up to £10,000 each.


Councillor Stuart Barker, of Devon County Council, said: “Whether you are a well established firm looking to continue your growth or an emerging brand seeking the next steps in your business journey, Fast Track to Growth is a fantastic opportunity for every company across Devon.


“We are committed to supporting economic success and I would urge companies to sign up and start getting the expertise they need to take their business to the next level.”


Some 120 companies have already joined Fast Track to Growth including Funky Sol and Securoyale based in Plymouth, The Pure Stock Company and Bird Sunglasses in Exeter, JM Healthcare in Ivybridge, GASTherm in Sidmouth, Lime Cloud in South Molton, The Bear Trail in Cullompton and Task & Time in Honiton. As well as business support, there are opportunities to connect and share ideas with numerous other firms.


Fast Track to Growth experts will be providing free guidance in specialist areas including banking to support growth, digital strategy and skills, leadership and talent, marketing, design, legal, HR support and financial planning and investment.


Elaine de Trafford, of Fast Track to Growth partner Barclays, said: “Devon has a fantastically diverse mix of businesses, from established firms looking to move to the next stage, through to younger emerging brands eager to achieve rapid growth. Across the Fast Track to Growth partners, there is a huge amount of experience and expertise in helping businesses achieve their goals and it’s great that so many companies are getting involved.”


Alison Lambert, of partner Commissioning HR, said: “We focus on helping companies with their people strategy, making sure they have the policies and safeguards in place to support a culture that allows their business to thrive. Fast Track to Growth is an excellent place to go if you are looking for clear, honest and practical advice.”


Providing business expertise across the programme this year are Aptus Recruitment, Astley Media, Barclays, Commissioning HR, Cosmic, Devon County Council Economy Team and Trading Standards, Logo Creative Partners, PKF Francis Clark, Sampson Hall, Stephens Scown and SETSquared Exeter.


Companies can join Fast Track to Growth 2018 at