Growth and Mentorship

Get Set For Growth

Get Set for Growth offers fully funded marketing and finance expertise to ambitious businesses with the potential to grow.

Businesses that are eligible for the programme will benefit from strategic and highly practical growth workshops and hands-on 1-to-1 support with a focus on business finance and marketing. You can get access to Growsmart, an online learning portal offering a library of interactive learning modules.



Be the Business | Developing and Growing a Business

Be the Business was established to bring together companies large and small and make the UK home to the most ambitious firms in the world. We’ve created Be the Business Rebuild to bring you free expert advice on recovery tactics, stories from your peers and access to like-minded people to bounce your ideas off.

Exmoor Virtual Visitor Survey

Exmoor National Park has conducted an online virtual visitor survey to ascertain views in light of the Covid-19 impacts.

Business Mentors South West

Free mentoring service for businesses in Devon and Somerset. The service is intended to help people with their enterprise creating self sufficiency, pride and value to them and their communities. It is given by volunteers with no agenda other than providing mentoring help and assistance to others to achieve their ambitions.

University of Plymouth – Enterprise Solutions

Plymouth Universities Enterprise Solutions offers a wide range of support to businesses. Enterprise Solutions is your gateway to accessing Plymouth University’s expertise, talent and facilities. Their aim is to give you the support you need, when you need it.

Visit England Business Advice Hub

Helping your tourism business to grow – with practical tips, legal obligations and local support.

Domestic Sentiment Tracker

VisitEngland has commissioned a tracking survey to understand domestic intent to take short breaks and holidays both within the UK and abroad, with particular focus around the current barriers and concerns around travel and how these will evolve over time.


Short Term Rental Trends Latest Data from Visit Britain

Released in summer 2023.  Understand the trends in the shorty term rentals market.

A new report from ReWAGE calls for a radical overhaul of the hospitality sector to tackle crisis-level staff shortages,

The hospitality sector in the UK is big business. Pre-Covid there were 3.2 million people employed in the industry, which produced £130 billion of economic activity and generated £39 billion in taxation for the UK Government.

It’s the third largest private sector employer in the UK, representing 10% of UK employment and it contributes significantly to making the UK an important destination for leisure and business. It is also one of the few industries that deliver jobs in every constituency in the UK.

However, the report clearly states that the sector is currently facing crisis-level staffing shortages, in the UK and worldwide and is widely recognised as offering precarious employment. That precariousness not only affects the livelihoods of the workforce but hospitality businesses, especially within the predominantly SME sub-sector of restaurants, cafes and similar, which have high rates of start-up and closure, which contribute to levels of labour vulnerability and turnover that exceed many other UK industries. A series of investigations at national and regional levels over the past 25 years, led by government agencies and industry bodies have sought to address these issues and proposed remedies/pathways to resolution without discernible evidence of real progress or change


Labour & Skills Market in the UK

This Institute of Hospitality market intelligence brief presents a range of research and data sources to provide an overview of the developing picture of the labour and skills market in the UK.


STEAM Data from Exmoor National Park

  • How many people visit the National Park?
  • How much is tourism worth to the local economy?
  • What attracts people to the area?
  • What activities do visitors undertake?
  • Where do visitors come from?
  • What are the views of local tourism businesses?

The answer to all of these questions, and more, are contained within our tourism research. Volume and Value data is collected annually through use of the STEAM model, whilst the biennial Visitor Survey provides insight into the experience of our visitors.

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South West Visitor Economy Support Hub

GB Tourism Survey, summary report: Q3 2023

Visit Exmoor Business Confidence Survey: February 2024

South West Visitor Economy Hub, Newsletters

Institute of Hospitality, Future Proofing the Workforce

Institute of Hospitality, How to Provide Meaningful Work Placements

Domestic Overnight Trips, Latest 2023

Access the latest numbers of domestic overnight trips British residents took, when they took these trips, for what purpose, their total expenditure and the number of nights they stayed.

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