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Thrive Business Support Available

Thrive is business support service offering a range of business training and services for the self-employed and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.

Up to 600 businesses will be supported through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub’s new Thrive programme.

The programme is part funded by the ERDF and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with match funding from the Growth Hub and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The programme aims to stimulate economic development through improving SME productivity and competitiveness, helping them to grow, create jobs and reach new markets.

Thrive will offer a free diagnostic and training service, with up to 12 hours of tailor-made support that will enable businesses to improve and grow. Enrolled businesses will be able to receive a one-to-one diagnostic and be able to attend webinars around specialist topics such as digital skills, finance, marketing, HR and business planning.

A key element of the programme is its digital support which looks at how businesses can improve their online presence and digital skills. Following an initial discussion, businesses will be signposted to the most relevant sources of support and advice from one of Thrive’s support providers.

To apply, businesses need to register their interest online at and one of the Growth Hub’s business advisers will be in touch.

Devon County Council is the accountable body for Thrive, working with three specialist business support partners – Cosmic, North Devon + and Business Information Point – to deliver the programme.

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"A fabulously stylish space which smacks of contemporary creative muses, coupled with all the comforts an office should have - coffee, tea, fridge, WiFi and a working printer. Its a warm, light space in a delightful part of the village with plenty of space in the car parks and very easy to travel to."