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Business support available in Exeter

Being the founder or owner of a start-up or SME (small and medium sized enterprise) can sometimes feel very lonely. Joe Pearce, business support manager for Peninsula Innovations Limited (PIL) – the operator of the University of Exeter Innovation Centre and Exeter Science Park Centre – shares his advice on how to best make use of the support available for businesses in Exeter.

Joe Pearce

Joe Pearce

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With small teams, long hours and overwhelming workloads, being the owner of a start-up or SME can be a lonely and isolating experience, with many reluctant to pass the pressure onto others. Finding the right business support is an essential ingredient for ensure success.

Rather than a luxury, business support should be seen as a “value-added” activity, just as important as making sales or keeping up-to-date with accounts – and it is important that organisations get it right from the outset.

Exeter is an outstanding place to start and to grow your company; with a thriving business community, a diverse support network and access to world-class research facilities. People living and working in Devon enjoy an exceptional lifestyle – Exeter ranked as the number one city in the UK for quality of life in the 2017 Tech Nation report.

At PIL, we understand that businesses need support from independent business advisors, to act as confidential and professional sounding boards. Business mentoring, advice and support is available to small businesses at Exeter Science Park Centre and as well as clients of the SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre.

SETsquared is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, supporting high-tech start-ups. You can find out more about SETsquared in Exeter here.

With experts in residence, who have personal experience in owning, running and growing businesses, we can provide feedback, guidance and advice to businesses in the region looking to grow and thrive. Companies have access to a mentor from a pool of entrepreneurs and businesspeople, who can help them to connect with professional partners in relevant industries.

Being part of the business community is another benefit of being located in Exeter. The city is home to a host of fast-growth, innovative businesses, presenting ample opportunities for collaboration and networking.

So, as a business within the Science Park Centre – whether you are a tenant or have a hot-desk – not only are you part of the SETsquared hub, you can also build relationships with someone you trust to offer good advice, ultimately helping your business to flourish. Businesses outside these facilities can access support through organisations like the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

For more information about the support available for businesses at Exeter Science Park Centre, visit our ‘Why Exeter’ page or for information on shared working space, laboratory and office accommodation, call the Science Park Centre on 01392 249222.

Exeter-based start-up is Born Global business winner

A business based at the University of Exeter’s Innovation Centre has won the inaugural Born Global business competition, beating 90 other companies from across the South West in a bid to find the best business idea with global potential.

Fantasy Shopper was crowned GWE Business West’s Born Global Business 2011 in front of an audience of 100 leading international business experts, mentors and investment angels.

Chris Prescott and Daniel Noz from Fantasy Shopper won over the competition judges at the grand final with their innovative multi-platform social shopping game. They received a prize of £20,000 in cash plus a range of bespoke PR, investment readiness and export business services.

The duo have been based at Exeter’s Innovation Centre for the past six months and although they are still at pre-launch stage, winning the competition will give a real boost to their ambitions.

“The judges thought that their business idea was extremely innovative with huge global potential,” said Robin Jackson, Exeter’s Innovation Centre Director.

“They were up against some strong competition but were able to demonstrate a strong business plan which is both ambitious and achievable. We are happy to be supporting them on their business journey.”

Born Global 2011 was launched by GWE Business West to find the best new business idea in the South West with the potential to go global. More than 90 applicants pitched propositions in the early stages of the competition at auditions in Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Gloucestershire. 30 applicants were shortlisted from auditions and this number was whittled down to 15 who were invited to re-present at the Grand Final on March 1st.

Posted by Robin Jackson, Director of the Innovation Centre