Free workshops and 1:1 support

19th April 2022 - 30th July 2022
Funding Finance & Grants: DOs and Dont's

11th July 2.00-4.30pm, Online - Writing Winning Funding Applications*

*This workshop is funded by a grant from East Devon District Council and is supported by New Start Devon Enterprise Coaching – a programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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SOLD OUT: 13th July, 2.00-4.30pm, East Devon District Council Offices - Writing Winning Funding Applications*

*This workshop is funded by a grant from East Devon District Council.

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SOLD OUT: Wednesday, 29th June, 2-4.30pm, Online (Focus on Writing winning applications for funding)*~

*This workshop is also funded by our New Start Devon programme. 

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FREE 1-2-1 Sessions available

Our programme provides a range of in person and online opportunities including networking events, training workshops, symposiums and 1:1 consultations – all for FREE!

What’s the offer? Fully funded one-to-one coaching to cultivate interest in and develop enterprise opportunities.

What does it aim to achieve? To increase enterprise in targeted areas and amongst under-represented groups through coaching and referral to mainstream business support services. Where enterprise isn’t the right option for individuals, coaches may also help them find alternative routes into economic activity.

What do people say about New Start Devon Business Enterprise Coaching? 
‘The coaching has given me a huge amount more confidence in launching my business, understanding the costings and how to market to my ideal client and I am 100 times further forward than I would have been without this support. I left each coaching  session feeling energised with a list of actions I couldn’t wait to get started with’

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Are you getting the most out of your financial plan? This workshop will look at how you currently finance your business and explore what other options are available to you.

At this workshop, you will:
  • Find out about the trade and funding options available to your business
  • Review your current finance plan and assess whether it is still fit for purpose, post-covid
  • Identify new opportunities and translate them into income streams
  • Develop a realistic plan for growth
About your tutor:

Hannah has lived in Devon most of her life, apart from 3 years in London as National Director of Learning for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, where she set up the learning programme and regional Schools around the UK. She has worked for Devon County Council, supporting youth work and adult learning and for the National Lottery as a grants assessor. Hannah's long experience of working with rural communities as a consultant in social enterprise and voluntary sector development was then used in East Devon, managing projects involving youth, older people, carers and asset-based community development.

Innovation - Creating New Ideas

The business landscape has changed. How are you responding? This workshop will explore how taking a fresh approach can be great for business and introduce you to innovation planning.

At this workshop, you will:
  • Review the post covid business landscape
  • Identify gaps in the market
  • Develop an innovation plan, focussing on key areas of development
  • Establish strong project goals
About your tutor:

Mark is a qualified business lecturer with experience of both running his own training business and helping others establish their own businesses. He has assisted people in setting up businesses and works through coaching and developing visions of the future. More recently Mark has moved into the charity sector through developing Hidden Gems – a social enterprise assisting adults in recovery from drugs or alcohol to create positive futures and he is currently focused on helping people develop sustainable, living wage employment through companies that create resilient communities.


Even the smallest business should have a plan to reduce its carbon emissions. This is increasingly important to customers and is becoming key to winning contracts and attracting funding.

At this workshop, you will:
  • Learn about the current trend towards ‘green credential’ trading
  • Understand the business risks of not planning for a net zero future
  • Identify where you can make improvements to the way you trade
  • Taking your first steps towards writing a Decarbonisation Plan (click here for template)
About your tutor:

Harry has worked on a range of engagement and development projects and has experience of facilitating a wide variety of multi-stakeholder, grass roots. Harry’s facilitation and engagement approach are rooted in principles of Asset Based Community Development and Design-Led Thinking and he has delivered training courses in both of these methodologies. Harry holds an MSc in ‘Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability’ from BTH University (Sweden) which is rooted in facilitation and systems thinking across disciplines. Harry represents Devon Communities Together on the Devon County Council’s Net-Zero Task Force and has hosted a series of climate emergency planning network events for local councillors.

do business differently: what is DCT offering?

DCT is delighted to announce it has entered an exciting partnership to deliver Community Regeneration through supporting Devon’s Social Economy to thrive.

Alongside the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), New Prosperity Devon and Stir to Action, DCT is engaging with local communities to support the development of social enterprises, community businesses, community groups, sole traders and anyone with a great idea for their community.

Our programme provides a range of in person and online opportunities including training workshops, networking events, symposiums and 1:1 consultations – all for FREE!

“This is a great opportunity to support local businesses to bounce back after a difficult two years, enabling them to access the expertise and advice to make them successful.” Mark Brownbill, Project Manager

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Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme is led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Devon Communities Together, Stir to Action and New Prosperity Devon.  It is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, which is managed by Devon County Council within the Devon area.

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 The Wednesday, 29th June (Focus on Writing winning applications for funding) workshop is also funded by our New Start Devon programme. 

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