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Micro businesses invited to be part of a research trial to help boost efficiency

Devon County Council is looking for freelancers, sole traders and businesses with fewer than 10 employees, (micro businesses), to work with them on a research trial designed to boost Devon’s economy.

More than 90 per cent of Devon’s rural economy is made up of micro businesses, often home-based or family-run.

Government funding via Innovate UK is paying for the research, which will help inform the way that the Council supports rural micro-businesses in the future, helping them to reach their full potential.

The Council is inviting micro businesses, freelancers and sole traders to be part of the research trial.  They are hoping to work with more than 250 businesses in the trial group.

After 12 months of monitoring these businesses, the council will be able to understand what type of assistance might work, and that will help them tailor support to rural businesses in future.

Please read more here.

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