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  • Fast Track to Growth

Workshop one taking place tomorrow!

20 businesses with chance to win £10,000 of business support

Businesses from across Devon have been selected to take part in the Fast Track to Growth Intensive Programme with the chance to win £10,000 of business support at a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch.

The programme involves two days of intensive workshops and cumulates with a pitch where one business will be crowned the winner, securing £10,000 of on-going business support for the rest of the year from the Fast Track to Growth partners.

From the entries, 20 companies from North to South Devon and from Plymouth to Exeter have been selected to take part in the free business support programme. Backed by Devon County Council the programme will help them develop their plans for growth in 2019 and beyond. At the finale Pitch event one business will win £10,000 worth of on-going business support.

The finalists are mental health workshop and support service Mindmaps Wellbeing, from Torquay, Packed Lunches Meal Prep, a catering service in Exeter and One & Eight, a contemporary jewellery brand based in Totnes.

They are joined by Exeter based car leasing service Co-cars, Map Your Future, a business coaching company based in East Devon, Mills & Moore, the Plymouth based payment gateway specialist, LarkOwl, a new sustainable funding generation company, from Plymouth, boating gear retailer Bay Cave, from Torquay, Start Point Law from Kingsbridge, Torquay United Community Sports Trust, Seaton-based data analytic specialists Sweetland Solutions, ethical children’s toys store Good Things, Food Plymouth CIC, King Recruit, based in Exeter, Verity Aldridge Accountant from Cullompton, handmade products Heartfelt Products, Love to Taste, a vinegar and chutney producer from Plymouth, South Hams-based decluttering service Blooming Organised and homemade food provider, Ruth’s Real Food.

Dan Pritchard, Managing Director of Astley Media, which organises Fast Track to Growth,

said: “We’re delighted to announce a shortlist which is packed with ambitious emerging companies across a range of sectors, from tech to food and drink, and from right across Devon.

“We had a fantastic Business Festival at Dartington Hall in April, but have now had to whittle down the companies to those who secure places on the Intensive Programme, giving them the opportunity to work closely with the FT2G partners on specific aspects of their business plans.”

Business experts from Astley Media, Commissioning HR, Devon County Council, Momentum South West, Natwest, PKF Francis Clark, South West Business Support Solutions and Stephens Scown will run growth sessions and 1-2-1 advice through the Intensive Programme.

Strategy partner, Colin Jolliffe, Director of South West Business Support Solutions stated: “With a Business Strategy, you choose a Fast Track to Growth, rather than a slow track to nowhere.”

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: "Congratulations to all of the companies that have made the Fast Track to Growth shortlist. This programme is a great opportunity for firms in Devon to make the most of the support and expertise that's on offer, in order to help their business to develop. We're proud to be supporting the FT2G initiative once again and hope the experience enables all of the companies involved to continue their growth."

HR partner, Alison Lambert, Director at Commissioning HR commented: “This year’s programme highlights a great selection of businesses from across Devon looking to grow. We are really looking forward to working with them to support their growth plans by putting their people at the heart of their growth plans.”

Fast Track to Growth is open to all businesses in Devon and free to join at www.ft2g.co.uk

Follow progress on the 20 finalists ahead of the final Pitch event at www.ft2g.co.uk and on Twitter @FT2G_Pitch