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“You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business” Zig Ziglar

We are here for the people behind local businesses. We are a friendly and approachable team with years of knowledge and experience helping local businesses to set up and grow.

We support a broad range of rural businesses because we know that local businesses:

  • Encourage innovation and growth
  • Offer employment opportunities
  • Contribute directly to a sustainable local economy
  • Help to build strong communities and networks
  • Need specific support at key points in their development to help them prosper

As a not for profit company DR offers cost effective services to help businesses of all sizes and types to both set up and grow. Since 2005 we have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working with hundreds of local businesses.  Amongst the services we offer are: Researching new opportunities; business planning; bid writing for all types of funding; mentoring and reviewing success.

Below you will find relevant up-to-date news on grants and funding options currently available for small businesses, along with case studies of projects and businesses we are proud to have supported.  If you have any queries on how we can help your business to grow and prosper, we’d be pleased to help, give advice or point you in the right direction.  Get in touch!


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Case Study – Ashridge Court (Farm Diversification)

Case Study – Flapjackery (Successful Funding)

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Article – Benefits of Investing for long term growth

Apply – New Data Prototype

Job Retention Scheme – Changes from 1st August

Kickstart Work Placements – Traineeships and Apprenticeships

£5000 Grant – Young Innovators Awards

Growth Support Programme Extended

Start Up Business School Launched

New Discretionary Business Grant Scheme – Are you eligible?

Cafe and Street Cafe Re-Opening – FAQs

Bounce Back Business Boosters

Flexible furloughing from 1 July 2020


RDPE Growth Programme – Application help

Are you self-employed? What govt funding is available…

What funding is available for my business – during COVID19 ?

£10,000 Business Grant for Small Businesses

COVID 19 – Small Business Grant Scheme

Technology Challenge (COVID19) – £25,000 per company to be won

Top Tips – How to Increase Your Broadband Speeds

COVID 19 – Government Support for Business

Future Farming Resilience Project… FREE Support

Rural businesses go from strength to strength

Successful grant application? Need help with claiming?

Local woodlands, global difference….

Case Study – Emily Fleur, Young Entrepreneur

Case Study – Pilgrim of Brixham

Case Study – Moorwood

Case Study – Carrapitt Plants

Case Study – Taw Valley Brewery

Case Study – Port Waterhouse

Case Study – Farmer Luxton’s

Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Trading Standards Approved Cyber Essentials Plus