Enterprise Support: New Start Devon Project

1st January 2022 - 30th June 2023

Do business differently - FREE SUPPORT

New Start Devon was an Enterprise Coaching Project from Devon Communities Together. The programme closed in June 2023. 

Read the final report here.

what did we achieve?

Data from across the whole programme, which began in 2019, demonstrates:

  • We engaged with 80 existing businesses and 113 potential entrepreneurs, totalling 193 participants
  • Of these, 119 completed the full 12 hours’ support, 66 received partial support and eight were signposted to other support services
  • At least eight new enterprises were established
  • At least 12.5 jobs have been created

Small enterprises in Devon have been upskilled to grow, develop, create jobs and provide important services, contributing to our local economy. 

what did participants receive?

The programme was individually tailored to business ideas, with the opportunity to discuss business plans with experts and other individuals on a similar pathway. Participants were invited to take part in...

  1. Bootcamps - Full day of online workshops on:
    • Thinking creatively about your project or enterprise idea – prestart, in development or going for growth
    • Firming up your business model
    • Reaching your customers  - creating a simple marketing plan
    • ‘Where does the money come from’ – from asking to earning
    • Looking after your wellbeing and the planet
  2. Individual Coaching - 3 sessions of One to One coaching
  3. Research - A business coach investigated specific areas and discussed research notes
  4. In depth 3 hour workshop sessions - on a variety of topics

who was eligible for this support?

We welcomed a variety of people on to the programme, including start-ups, people with an idea for a business, people running micro businesses and those running village halls - all of whom were looking to develop their enterprises and grow. 

What did 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.  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 on.’ RR Personal Trainer

‘The coaching with Hannah Reynolds came at the right time for me and my business. I was at a crossroads, working in isolation and feeling my business was stagnating. Hannah’s active listening skills, empathic support and real care for me and my business has led to a renaissance. Finally I have clarity on my USP, my ideal client and the value I bring as well as the financial aspects of my business in a way that had eluded me before.’ HK Empowerment and Wellbeing Coach.

New Start Devon received funding from the European Regional Development Fund.