North Devon and Torridge start-ups and existing businesses are being offered free business support sessions and workshops.

North Devon + is offering the two tailored programmes, which include 12 hours of free business advice and support.

The Start-up & Grow programme is for pre-start or new businesses who want to explore how to set up and develop a business.

And the Growth Support Programme is for existing businesses who wish to grow or expand, or just wish to have a review of their existing business strategy.

The service includes a free business diagnostic and a further nine hours of support to explore areas you wish to develop.

Both programmes are funded through the European Regional Development fund and are available to businesses across Torridge and North Devon.

Councillor Bob Hicks, lead member for the economy at Torridge, said: “This is great opportunity for both fledgling and already established businesses to get some free advice that will hopefully help them achieve even greater success.

“We look forward to helping as many businesses as possible through the tailored approach on offer.

Councillor Pat Barker, lead councillor for regeneration at North Devon Council, added: “Starting a business can be quite daunting and so it is great that North Devon + can offer this help and support to help people get off the ground and then offer further support to help them grow.

“North Devon needs more businesses and better jobs and so it’s essential that we provide them with the tools these businesses need to grow and prosper.”

To find out more please call Victoria Fether on 01237 426 426, visit our website www.northdevonplus.com/support-for-businesses.html, info@northdevonplus.co.uk