New Business Support

Business Boost

Background to this new service

In April 2016, Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council and Teignbridge District Council decided to pool their resources to provide a Business Advice & Support service, under the brand name of Business Boost, covering all four Local Authority areas. 

BIP (West Devon Business Information Point Ltd) with their business partners Cosmic has been employed to deliver Business Advice & Support across the city.

How Business Boost can help you

Through this combined initiative, Exeter City Council and its neighbouring councils are able to provide free business support & advice for new businesses (and businesses who have been trading for up to three years) for people living within East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge district council areas.  Business support workshops for people looking to set up a new business will be held throughout the year, to assist new and existing businesses.    

Help will generally take the form of a face to face interview with an experienced adviser, a comprehensive programme of workshops and follow-on support.

To use this service, you will be:

  • just starting up in business and needing advice, mentoring or coaching  

  • trading successfully already but in need of help in order to either grow your business or to change direction

  • trading but experiencing early signs of difficulty

Do you have a new business in Exeter?  Do you need help?

BIP’s appointed business advisers through Business Boost are very experienced at identifying the stumbling points that prevent new businesses going on to be successful.  They have provided tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time they have helped thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing high quality support and advice.

Your business adviser can help whether you are struggling with identifying a market for your product, whether you need advice on promotion or balancing the budget, if you need help in protecting your intellectual property, or if you have other issues that you would like to discuss.

Your first step is to get in touch.  Simply ring Freephone: 0800 592872


BIP has put together an annual programme of workshops, with digital workshops run by Cosmic.  Do take advantage of these free workshops as they could make a real difference to the success of your business.

All workshops will be advertised on the Business Boost website:  You can also find details on this webpage and on BIP’s website and via social media.

Exeter Business & IP Centre, Exeter Library

This centre also provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors.  Go to their website via the link on the right to find out more.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 15 December 2016