We endeavour to keep you up to date with local and national initiatives that could be of benefit to your business
Below you will find information and links for relevant business information and support
Devon businesses and residents are urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million. SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium sized enterprise (SME) businesses and other organisations to identify skills gaps in their
existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient during this economic crisis and beyond, the bid aims to support business now for the future.
The bid, led by Plymouth City Council, has developed a skills delivery partnership with a range of quality training and skills providers across Devon; SMART SKILLS partners include: City College Plymouth, South Devon College, Petroc, Focus Training, University of Exeter and
SMART SKILLS includes a range of services and offers to SMEs including; information, advice and guidance, training needs analysis, a skills brokerage service and skills training. The range of skills support includes all levels from introductory all the way through to leadership and management. Industry sectors will be demand led, but a particular focus will be on, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Digital Technologies (including AI and Data Analysis), Marine, Composite, Environmental Futures, Clean Growth and Renewables,
Construction & Hospitality and STEM industries.
The SMART SKILLS service offers comprehensive information, advice and guidance, in order to match opportunities to pathways into education, training, apprenticeships, employment, work experience, volunteering and self-employment. Our experienced and talented SMART SKILLS HUB Advisers are on hand to guide you through the skills and training options available to your business and link you with the relevant training options for your organisation. Contact the SMART SKILLS HUB team on:- 0800 97 55 11 (Option 6) or email
Workplace Covid Testing – Deadline 12 April
The national offer of Workplace Testing has been expanded to allow employers to order free test kits direct from the government to pass to their workforce so that employees can test themselves at home. These tests are for people who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
This offer is open to all businesses and charities that have 10 employees or more. The business must be registered with Companies House, the charities must be registered too.
The link provided below directs to the government webpage that contains more information and means by which to start the registration process. Organisations must register by 12th April even if they are currently closed.
For organisations that have less than 10 employees, there is an Asymptomatic Test Site based in the Quay West car park that is open 6 days a week that offers free testing for those who cannot work from home. The link below provides further information about the test site.
Torbay High Street Guide
We are pleased to reveal a new virtual High Street Guide that provides live content from local businesses, as part of the Reopening High Streets Safely project. The High Street Guide enables shoppers to see businesses near them and view their social media content.
Once the High Street is reopened it will also allow retailers to connect with shoppers when they are nearby and communicate Covid-19 safety messages. Every purchase by a registered shopper in participating retailers reveals a live visual local guide to other nearby retailers. It does not require any apps to be downloaded and is free for shoppers and businesses to access.
The Torbay High Street Guides showcases not just what’s available to buy but also conveys the essence of our local high street, we invite you to manage your listing. The High Street Guides have been created by Maybe*, a social media management platform that helps businesses use social media to sell. For businesses that need help to increase their digital activity, this provides all the tools and training they need. For those that are already good at social media, it helps them improve their results.
Businesses and shoppers can sign up here: www.localrewards.chat
New Treasurer Sought
The Citizens Advice are recruiting a new Treasurer. The advert can be found at: https://www.citizensadvicetorbay.org.uk/volunteering/
Citizens Advice Exeter and Citizens Advice Torbay
Helping people find a way forward
Covid-19 Grants and Information
English Riviera Business Improvement District (ERBID) – Update
Below is a useful table of the current COVID-19 Grant and Payment Status and the link to the main Torbay Council Financial Support information which is updated very regularly.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have. We are here to help.
Useful links to other regional Covid-19 support for businesses
HotSW Growth Hub
South Hams Council
East Devon Council
West Devon Council
Mid Devon Council
North Devon Council
Somerset County Council