The Heart of the South West Pop Up Business Cafes


The Heart of the South West LEP is running a series of free Pop-Up Business Cafés at established café venues across the region.

The next event is at Dot’s Pantry in Torquay on Friday 15 April, starting at 9am until 12pm.

The informal event, which is co-hosted by TDA, Torquay Chamber of Commerce and local business organisations, offer one-to-one ‘no pressure, no sales pitch’ advice.

Heart of the South West LEP Chair Steve Hindley said: “I urge anyone with a business in the South West to come along to one of our Pop-Up Business Cafes for free one-to-one advice from volunteer business experts.

“These events offer a conversation worth having, based on a smart look at your business or start up idea, and they are taking place throughout Devon, Plymouth Somerset and Torbay until the end of April.”

The Business Cafes complement the main “Service for All” element of the Growth Hub, which started to operate last month, providing a one-stop shop for business advice and signposting.

The Business Cafés aim to raise awareness of the benefits of business support and the range of support available to them locally to make their organisation more productive and successful.

The volunteer business experts include Francis Clark, Satellite Finance, Plymouth Software, TDA, Better Business for All (BBfA) and Hinkley Point supply chain team.

Popular topics of conversation include accounting, business planning, finance raising, growth, HR, marketing, exporting, regulations, recruitment, selling, social media, training, tax, web application, websites and how to get on the Hinkley Point Supply Chain.

Full details and registration instructions are at and more events will be added as they are arranged. Alternatively, the Heart of the South West Growth Hub booking team can be contacted on 03456 047 047.


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