Start Your Own Business in Devon

FREE Start-Up Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Resources and Local Contacts

If you are starting a business in Devon, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Devon contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Devon section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Devon who would love to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

Devon Locations Covered

Axminster  |  Barnstaple  |  Bideford  |  Bradworthy  |  Braunton  |  Brixham  |  Buckfastleigh  |  Budleigh Salterton  |  Chulmleigh  |  Colyton  |  Crediton  |  Cullompton  |  Dartmouth  |  Dawlish  |  Devon  |  East Devon Dc  |  Exeter  |  Exeter City  |  Exmouth  |  Great Torrington  |  Holsworthy  |  Honiton  |  Ilfracombe  |  Ivybridge  |  Kingsbridge  |  Lifton  |  Lynmouth  |  Lynton  |  Mid Devon Dc  |  Newton Abbot  |  North Devon  |  North Devon Dc  |  North Tawton  |  Okehampton  |  Ottery St Mary  |  Paignton  |  Plymouth  |  Salcombe  |  Seaton  |  Sidmouth  |  South Brent  |  South Hams Dc  |  South Molton  |  Tavistock  |  Teignbridge Dc  |  Teignmouth  |  Tiverton  |  Torbay Bc  |  Torquay  |  Torridge Dc  |  Totnes  |  Umberleigh  |  West Devon Borough  |  Westward Ho  |  Winkleigh  |  Woolacombe  |  Yelverton  | 

FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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Common Start-Up Mistakes... and how to avoid them

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Devon Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Devon area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)


4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

Design By Pie

Professional freelance graphic designer offering graphic design solutions to help new businesses establish and maintain a strong and clear visual message (without paying huge agency prices). The cost of hiring an in-house graphic designer or going to a large graphic design agency can be too much for some business start-ups - but that does not mean you can't have instant and constant access to fabulous and effective graphic design.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Hammett Spire

Providing exceptional advice and support as your business grows. Taking care of compliance matters effectively and efficiently so that business owners can free up their time to do what they are best at. Clearly, concisely, without jargon and at a fixed price. First meeting free of charge and without obligation.


We love developing people's ideas and watching them grow this is the exciting end of the work we do. We have been developing websites and providing design services to our clients for over 10 years. Our current services include: Logo Design & Branding, Website Design and Development, Content Management Systems, Online Shops, Website Hosting, Search Engine Optimisation. Best of all we love talking about what we do. 'Responsive Websites' : Websites which look good and function well, on computers, tablets and on mobile phones. Be sure to ask for that when commissioning your business website. 28% of internet usage is from a mobile phone 23% increase in search queries from tablets after Christmas day. ( Call if you'd like to talk.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Aegis Accounting
Ready to start your own business? But not sure what you need to put in place, whether you should be limited or a sole trader, who you need to tell, what legislation you need to comply with? Aegis specialise in small business start-ups - we can handle all the legislation for you from day one. Our popular Company Start-up Package covers all the legislative requirements in one go, and as a startup client we will guarantee to fix your accounting and company administration costs to an all-in-one affordable monthly fee for the entire year! As a client of Aegis you will enjoy day-to-day bookkeeping, monthly management accounts, VAT returns, company administration, year end accounts preparation and tax return filing - all in one FIXED monthly fee! Accounts shouldn't be taxing- and neither should accountants! Aegis look after the books, prepare the accounts and file your tax return - no fuss accounting- call now on 01395 511012 or visit our website. 01395 274668

Business West
Business West is one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. 01275 373373

Business West Chambers of Commerce
We are one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. Address: Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA 01275 373 373

FSB Devon
FSB Devon is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Susan Wilkinson Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

Heart of the South West LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay to create a powerful economic alliance. Its objectives are to create new jobs, raise productivity levels and increase average wages. 01935 385977

Kirsty Piercy Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant based in Devon, in the UK. If you are looking for someone to support you to reduce your stress and give you more time for your work or home life, then I could help you. I specialise in small businesses and new start ups. I can assist you with administration, finance, travel, logistic's and other ad hoc tasks or projects. I offer a free initial call to assess what you need and how I can help you. If you chose to work with me you can outsource tasks to me, I will get the task done quickly and efficiently. I work in a way that benefits busy people, so I reply quickly and in plain English. 07771847201

Marketing Evolved Ltd
Marketing Evolved is a leading business to business marketing list owner with over 40 years' experience supplying Business to Business Lists to brokers and end users. Our Business to Business data is telephone researched and cleansed by our growing network of UK call centres and telemarketing partners. Our B2B file consists of over 800,000 UK businesses, all of which are head office or single site locations. Each record comes with up to six key contacts covering: Senior, IT, Finance, Sales & Marketing, HR and Procurement decision making roles. We charge a simple flat rate per site, with no selection, delivery, or output fees, and we have no minimum order. All of our data is backed by a 100% money back guarantee which also covers emails. Using our business to business data for email, telephone or direct mail campaigns is a simple, cost effective way to help grow your sales pipeline. Our B2B lists are totally tailored to your individual needs meaning you get the most from your marketing budget and maximise your ROI. Marketing Evolved can provide a list of email addresses for the people you need to target to market your business. Well known as a leading UK mailing list provider, you should get in touch with us today if you wish to buy a mailing list, email list or b2b list. As a new start up business we will provide you with a 25% discount off your first purchase to help grow your customer base. Please contact Jenny on 01392 422538. 01392 422538

North Devon +
We specialise in providing services that cover everything from Training & Workshops through to Creative & Digital Services. 01237 426426

North Devon Plus
North Devon+ is a new organisation which heralds a fresh approach to economic development, community and social regeneration across North Devon and Torridge. North Devon+ is a not-for-profit membership organisation which was formed in April 2008. It saw the amalgamation of 3 great local organisations; North Devon Marketing Bureau, North Devon & Exmoor Regeneration Company, and North Devon Enterprise Agency. 01237 426426

West Devon Business Information Point
West Devon Business Information Point is a Local Enterprise Agency and has been operating as a source of information and advice for businesses since September 1993. It is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and a member of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies. The function of WDBIP is to assist businesses with their development and sustainability, helping to improve their competitiveness, leading to increased profitability and employment. 01837 659 059

West Devon Business Information Point Limited
Business Information Point have been providing tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time we've helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice. 01837 659 059

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