rural enterprise hub


what's it all about?

Devon follows the UK trend for small business size, with over 70% of companies in the county employing less than 4 people. Start-ups typically fall into this size category, so it’s vitally important they are supported and nurtured.

Devon Communities Together has received a grant from the Prince’s Countryside Fund to deliver a project offering free advice and support to would-be entrepreneurs, new businesses, and community enterprises across rural Devon. 

We’re specifically targeting the districts of Mid Devon, Teignbridge, Torridge and West Devon, but all rural communities across Devon are welcome to join in.

We’ll be delivering a FREE programme of Launchpad networking events, 1-2-1 mentoring and training sessions, and access to an in-depth training programme for the most promising business ideas.

making progress

the project numbers

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Some history

project background

Devon Communities Together has a long history of working with Devon’s rural communities and the entrepreneurial people living in them. The Prince’s Countryside Fund exists to improve the prospects of farm businesses and the quality of rural life in general.

We’ll be working with targeted rural communities, where we have evidence of need. Linking up with local colleges, adult learning providers, and employers, as well as existing rural networks such as the NFU and Devon Young Farmers, to offer clear pathways of intensive support.

Clare Crookenden, grants manager, The Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “Providing new businesses and farming families in Devon with local, expert advice will provide a valuable boost to their new enterprises and we hope set them in good stead for a viable and sustainable future contributing to the local economy and generating local jobs for local people.”


The School for Social Entrepreneurs was founded in 1997 by Michael Young, (Lord Dartington). Since 2009 SSE Dartington has produced tailor-made courses designed to provide an intensive complete package to meet the needs of the new social entrepreneur, plus to help existing businesses expand their social entrepreneurial side.

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