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How to Start a Business in Devon

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How to Start a Business in Devon

Starting a business in Devon

If you are thinking about starting a business in Devon or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Devon contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Devon since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Devon

There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Free Startup Guide

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Download the 2022 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Devon

Key Contacts in Devon

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Devon is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.

Web design

Vu Online
Get a website that works for your business. Easy to use. Great to look at. A website can have many functions. As a showcase for your business, a reassuring source of information for customers, a purchase point for your products or services. We take website design very seriously because we know the impact it can have on a business. It’s a given that we deliver our clients beautiful looking websites but we feel it is equally important that it works and does what it needs to do. We design and build websites that are fit for purpose and have the flexibility to grow with your business. Our method is straightforward, pragmatic and forward thinking. Startup This package suits a sole trader or small business just starting out. We’ll set you up with a website that gets you going. It will suit you if you have a limited budget right now.
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Online Marketing

Out of the Box Innovations
Out of the Box Innovations Ltd., (OOTBI) have helped SMBs with their online presence since 2014. Specialist areas include content marketing, web design & development and SEO. Past clientele and industry experience include oil & energy, HSE (health safety and environment), and home improvements. OOTBI welcome global enquiries for energy and HSE marketing, as well as local enquiries from any established businesses in Devon, UK. Initial consultation and customised business recommendations will be conducted free of charge. When new clients see the business logic and valuable ideas, the business usually commences soon after.
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Online Marketing

Gleave Media
Gleave Media offers a wealth of experience and analysis for all digital strategies and we deliver right first time solutions, often within short and challenging timescales. We have been embedded in the Internet Industry since 1999 so can view projects from a different perspective while our vertically integrated operation means we a flexible and responsive in a way many consultancies are not and we can deliver solutions that draw on both digital and practical systems to provide the complete ready to go operation for all growing businesses. Gleave Media employ a front-weighted process with intelligent use of analysis to provide innovative, open solutions that include the customer in the development process.
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Design

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 cant have instant and constant access to fabulous and effective graphic design.
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Web design

PB&J Web Design Ltd
With specialists in Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Digital Marketing, Branding, Copywriting and more we have got your covered for everything you could possibly need for your digital journey. To do this, we like to make sure we get to know your business inside and out, so we always start our partnership with you with an informal conversation over a coffee. This way we can to get to know more about you, your business and your goals, to make sure that we know exactly what you are wanting to achieve with your online campaigns and how we can get you there. Everyone has different budgets and at PB+J Web Design we completely understand. We will tailor your strategy to your budget and make sure you are spending your money in the best places to achieve the best return on your investment.
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Web design

Spotty Dog Digital Marketing
We build websites and help you get found online. There's no point having a website that no one can find. Some of the services we offer: -FREE website SEO analysis -Website design -Website redesign -Search engine optimisation services (SEO) -Local SEO services -SEO audit -Content marketing services -Onpage SEO services -Devon SEO We choose to work with people we think we think we can help. Our aim is not to bamboozle you with secrecy and jargon, no, we want you to understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Transparency throughout – clear reporting, clear pricing with no hidden extras and no minimum term contracts – is our mission. Oh and great, friendly, service.
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Design

SensoryStore
We love developing peoples 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. (http:www.gpmd.co.ukblog2012-mobile-internet-statistics) Call if youd like to talk.
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Accountancy

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 shouldnt 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.
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Bookkeeping

Bruton-Young Bookkeeping
Hi, I'm Clare, a not so boring accountant and bookkeeper. I work with all types of trade; current clients include hairdressers, plumbers, builders, beauty therapists, electricians and many more. Most are local to Hemyock but some are not. With technology this need not be a problem. Do you need more time to work on your business rather than drowning in a sea of paperwork? I can take that paperwork and present you with digital reports about the financial welfare of your business. Your tax and VAT returns will all be submitted correctly and quickly, without any stress on your part (except of course for the paying part!). I promise to always use plain English and produce your numbers quickly and efficiently. Call or email to have a chat about your business.
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Property

Devon Work Hubs
Devon Work Hubs offer tailored business support and mentoring to hub users which is an added bonus for anyone considering taking space. Devon is a great place to grow your business idea, there are a number of different support organisations on hand to offer tailored advice and guidance throughout the journey. If you have a specific question about the Devon Work Hubs, please get in touch with Tom Satterly at Devon County Council. Tom Satterly. Economy, Enterprise and Skills. Thomas.Satterly@devon.gov.uk. Tel. 01392 38 3000
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Accountancy

VA Accountancy
VA Accountancy provides tailored business solutions, designed to match your business’ needs now and in the future. We work closely with our clients throughout the year to ensure a pro-active, reliable and professional service for you and your business, with no hidden surprises. Contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss how we can support you and your business.
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Advice

Outset Online
Its the best-ever time to start up your own business. Especially now that Outset can offer you start-up support and start-up funding. Across the country, Outset has helped thousands of people just like you make a success of starting up in business. Most were unemployed before they took steps to start up, or in jobs that left them unfulfilled.
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Advice

bip (Business Information Point)
Business Information Point have been helping people start and stay in business throughout the South West for over 20 years. Since setting up as an enterprise agency in 1993, we have worked tirelessly to support self-employed individuals and small businesses with our blend of practical, down-to-earth advice and interactive workshops. We're a friendly bunch, and between us we have more years of business experience than we care to admit. Being able to advise, support and inspire people to develop and grow sustainable and profitable businesses is what gets us up in the morning (and not the strong coffee, honest). Business Information Point, Okehampton Business Centre, Unit 10, Higher Stockley MeadOkehampton, Devon, EX20 1FJ
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Advice

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, logistics 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.
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How to Start a Business

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