Plymouth has a wide range of business support programmes and initiatives to support digital business flourish in the region.

“As a new company to Plymouth , Sitel have been hugely impressed at the breadth and depth of support” Matt Cleveland – Sitel, Plymouth

For advice and signposting on: Accessing real estate, grants and support, business networks, Access to skills contact the Plymouth City Council Inward investment team.

Digital Business Support

Plymouth has a wide range of business support programmes and initiatives to support digital business flourish in the region.

Growth Programme is a fully funded 1:1 advisory service which helps businesses identify and plan their development needs. Additional follow up specialist workshops available in Digital Finance, HR, Marketing and Innovation.
 
Innovate2Succeed offers up to seven days of specialist innovation help for small and medium-sized businesses.
 
Exporting your digital products and services is a regional support service helping local digital business to export.
  
Protecting your digital innovation provides free patent searches by appointment and advice and guidance around copyright, trademarks and designs.
 
Business Support Guide is a guide produced by Plymouth City Council’s Economic Development Service focussing on helping start ups and existing businesses to find support, funding and networks locally, regionally and nationally.
 
Connecting Devon and Somerset provides advice and support for businesses to understand the benefits and adapt to faster broadband availability across Plymouth.
 
Fab Labs is a centre for experimental production, investigation and education, housing sophisticated computer-aided design software and machinery for the creation of prototypes and scale models in the creative and commercial industries.
 
Enterprise Solutions provides local digital businesses access to leading edge facilities, expertise and services to support digital innovation including super computers, automation to data management.

 Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme supports social enterprises to develop and launch new products and services as well as entering new markets. There will also be support for voluntary and community sector groups that want to transition into trading social enterprises as well as budding social entrepreneurs in need of help to develop their ideas to start trading.

YTKO offers a range of services spanning from start-up, scale-up, finance and female entrepreneurship, they provide proactive and responsive support for start-ups, SMEs and larger companies seeking expansion.

ArtsMatrix is the skills and enterprise development agency for creative professionals in the South West. Their services include one-to-one professional development planning, business and organisational consultancy, skills audits, sector specific seminars, and training programmes.

Seedbed Accelerator runs each year and offers social ventures access to loan finance and equity investment as well as the support, advice and guidance they need to develop and grow. Over 50 ventures have already benefitted from their one-of-a-kind programme over the last two years.

Plymouth College of Art is offering members of the physically creative community access to their state of the art studios. The facilities will cater for limited numbers in Ceramics, Glass, Printmaking, Printed Textiles and Jewellery. Studio Access sessions provide you with the flexibility to access facilities only when you need them. People are completely free to pursue your own project ideas.

 Plymouth College of Art’s in-house agency is an incubation space and creative agency through which external businesses and organisations can pitch paid live projects and briefs to talented undergraduate students and graduates. Recent projects have included branding the new Sherford housing development, with clients including Sponge UK, Cuda Drinks, Seascape Analytics, and Primal Wear.