Strength in numbers for fastest growing new businesses
Twenty four of Devon and Cornwall's fastest growth
potential, start up businesses met up for the very first time
recently at a special event organised by Business Link that
has resulted in the development of a very unique network group.
The businesses, which travelled from all over Devon and Cornwall,
all have something in common; they are members of EVOKE, a
Business Link run initiative which supports new fast-growth
businesses that have the potential to become world class market
leaders in their field. Richard Adams, EVOKE project manager
explained, "We organised the event in response to
requests from our EVOKE members to be able to meet each other.
These businesses all have ideas and experiences to share and
they are keen to learn from each other as well as the opportunity
to do some business as well. From the positive reaction we
have received we will be facilitating the launch of a new
EVOKE peer network group to enable them to get together on
a regular basis."
is one such EVOKE business. Finisterre are the first brand
ever to research, design and develop high performance, innovative
technical apparel for the surfer. Tom Kay has been running
Finisterre for four years from its base at St Agnes and has
found the strategic and financial advice available under the
EVOKE programme very beneficial. Tom said: "This
event has given me a real opportunity to meet others running
their own new business. I think it is important to get inspiration
from outside your immediate industry and be open to new ideas."
The aim of the network group will be to develop a rich learning
environment. Business Link will concentrate on organising
the events and organising any guest speakers that they want
to hear. Business Link's chief executive Bob Dow commented:
"These businesses are the future stars of Devon
and Cornwall's economy. They will help to further reduce
the region's dependence upon its traditional industry
base. We are committed to apply all our resources and efforts
to help them succeed. Launching this new peer group network,
to enable them to learn from one another, is just one of many
initiatives we will be focusing on in the months to come."
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Isles of Scilly has invested in Business Link through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally, it provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
of independent business practitioners.
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Business Link service to the region under contract from the
South West of England Regional Development Agency, which was
established by government in 1999 to promote the long-term
economic success of the region. It does this by working with
others to give people the skills they need, encourage enterprise,
improve infrastructure, help communities with regeneration
and promote the strengths of the region. Business Link has
received Objective One investment (European Regional Development
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