Get your business off the ground and growing with our start up support 

Starting a business can be scary. There is so much to do and probably so many areas to think about! Worry not, help is available from our business support programmes.

Whether you just have an idea for a business or are only in the early stages of your journey, then there is help available for you. Starting with Breakthrough before moving onto thinking about your finances with Access to Finance +.  They can help new businesses identify and successfully overcome common obstacles and lay strong foundations for future growth.


We have a range of business support programmes that could help you and your business. Below are some of the details of what is on offer, plus we have access to a database of information and resources to help with your business questions.

You don’t have to worry about which support is right for you - that is why the Growth Hub are here! Together we will have a free business review to discuss all the options and point you in the right direction.



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  • Business model canvas
  • Customer segmentation/value proposition
  • Marketing/build measure learn
  • sustainability
  • Finance basics


Access to Finance Plus

  • Introduction to various types of finance
  • Creation of a Business Plan/Pitch Deck
  • Creation of financial forecasts using proven financial modelling tools


STRIDE are here to help if your business idea involves a new innovation – they can look at product and service development, market research and competitor analysis.


Evolve Futures' Start-up Fundamentals is a series of events and mentoring for start-up and early stage businesses.

At the events you can hear from industry experts, experts from the University of Exeter and other local successful business owners. Join in person or online on themes such as risk management; IP; sustainable finance; R&D tax credits.

Dig deep with 2 day workshops on themes including business modelling, design thinking, ideation and product development, and bid writing.

12 hours of bespoke 1:1 business mentoring which is suitable for early-stage founders or SME leaders working in businesses that are experiencing or anticipating significant growth.



The Outset VCSE team will work with you if you are thinking about setting up a charity, social enterprise or Community Interest Company to quickly understand your  needs and overcome the barriers to getting off the ground.

This includes:                                  
• A suite of training workshops featuring realistic pathways to starting a voluntary, community, or social enterprise organisation. Covering legal structures, business planning, marketing, skills development, productivity, financial management, governance, funding and much more.
• Tailored 1:1 support to develop realistic action plans
• Regular networking events
• Peer to peer mentoring
• Ongoing 24/7 access to a range of useful online resources