Inspire set to launch into Devon

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Business growth specialists Inspire are inviting all ambitious SMEs in Devon to attend a launch event that could provide the catalyst to huge business growth.

The free to attend event will take place at Deer Park Country House in Buckerell Village, Weston, Honiton on Tuesday 1 October.

After being selected by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to pilot a scale-up programme for fast-growing SMEs across Somerset and Devon, Inspire had a successful launch into Somerset in May.

They are now partnering with Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce to deliver the same service across Devon.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to find out about Inspire’s proven, world-class business support and how it can benefit their business.

It includes fully funded expert support with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme; free training for you and your business; and connections to all the resources a business needs for growth.

Rob Perks, Inspire’s CEO, said: “Our launch into Somerset was hugely successful and it’s very exciting to be able to now show businesses across the Devon region what we can offer.

“There is so much expertise and support out there for SME owners that it’s easy to get bogged down in which is best for your business. We do that job for you. We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you there.”

Inspire, ScaleUp Ambassadors for Swindon and Wiltshire, have provided high-value support to the SME business community through a highly experienced team of advisors for 25 years and launched into the West of England last year.

It’s this pedigree that Stuart Elford, Chief Executive of Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, hopes will provide business in Devon with the right resources they need to maximise their potential.

“Inspire boasts a 70% average growth rate for clients and I am excited to be able to offer this ambitious service to our members in Devon.

“We already provide a broad range of business help and support but what this will enable us to do is target bespoke advice to growing companies.”


Steve Hindley, CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said: “I’m delighted to see the launch of this new scale-up service as part of our Heart of the South West Growth Hub, designed to help businesses start up, develop and grow.

“Raising productivity is a key aim of the LEP; and scaling up is one of the best ways to achieve production growth. I look forward to seeing some exciting businesses ventures benefitting from this initiative.”

The launch event will run from 9am-2pm and key speakers include Rob and Stuart, as well as Henrietta Brown, Inspire’s Business Development Director, Nancy Straates, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme Director, and David Ralph, Chief Executive of Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

There will also be informal opportunities to chat to the team plus a buffet lunch and further networking opportunities.

Places are limited to the first 100 business leaders so to book, visit Or, for more information, telephone 01225 355553 or email   

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