Note: Due to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) most physical sessions are being postponed, please keep an eye out on our social media channels and this website for virtual and physical sessions. Recruitment activity may be delayed.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides independent diagnosis and referrals to existing business support services. We are the first point of contact for businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area wishing to develop and grow. Our service works in partnership with existing local and national business support services and will help businesses access the right support for them without duplicating existing provision.

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

They can:

Provide free qualified business support.

Discuss options and available support for anyone considering self-employment.

Business Information Point

“a growing community of friendly and flexible work spaces, perfect for home-based and mobile workers, business start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs.”

Welcome to Devon Work Hubs

Keep an eye out for workshops run by Exeter Library on CV writing and Interview skills, and for their FabLab sessions supporting businesses.

Exeter Library

Libraries Unlimited

The national retraining scheme is the government’s new programme to help adults retrain into better jobs, and be ready for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation.

National Retraining Scheme

Funded training to help your business progress

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business.

Serco Skills Support

They can:

Provide your business with tailored regulatory advice through a legally recognised partnership called Primary Authority.

Primary Authority

How to set up as a sole trader

Working for yourself