The Economy, Enterprise and Skills team works to promote efficient and sustainable economic development in Devon through commissioning and delivering a range of activities, both independently and through partnerships with other organisations, to help Devon remain an attractive place to live, learn and do business. To keep up-to-date with our work follow us on Twitter, and sign up to receive the Business and Economy news bulletin.
Providing support and guidance to businesses is important to improving resilience and innovation within the local economy, and enabling businesses to upscale by offering work hubs and business space for them to grow. The Growth Support Programme and Enhance Social Enterprise are HotSW LEP wide projects for business support, while funding for small rural businesses is available through the LEADER programmes. Innovation in Healthy Ageing looks to generate innovation and growth in the business and voluntary sectors supporting healthy ageing and additional Intensive Business Support and a Grants Fund Programme is also coming online for Adult Social Care Businesses.
Funding and Partnerships:
As well as the business support funds, Devon Funding News provides a single portal for all funding information relating to the Devon County Council area and provides updates to subscribers on the latest funding allocations to support community projects, education and business.
Gathering data and commissioning studies into the local economy to provide evidence and understanding that will support projects and policy are important functions of the Economy, Enterprise and Skills team. Our Local Economic Assessment, revised every few years, provides a description of the current economic circumstances for the Devon County Council area identifying the key issues facing the economy. Our Devonomics website provides a dashboard of the latest information available for the local area drawing together core metrics and allowing comparisons between districts, the region and nationally.
Employment and Inward Investment:
Skills are important to support the current and future needs of individuals, businesses and the local economy, optimising Devon’s offer for inward investment. Attracting businesses and promoting Devon through the Devon Delivers programme and working with partners, such as Learn Devon and education providers, to deliver training and meet the needs of the local economy are a key function of the Economy, Enterprise and Skills team.
Creating the best business and community environment is fundamental to Devon and there are a range of projects where the Economy, Enterprise and Skills team are working with partners to deliver employment sites, district heating, increased mobile coverage and deploying superfast broadband.