Business and Economy

Applications invited for Business Promotion Grant

Business Promotion Grant 2017

Posted on: 12 June 2018

Applications are being sought for the latest round of Devon County Council’s Business Promotion Grant.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to help firms who are looking to reach new customers. The funding, which is offered through a competitive bidding process, is aimed at helping businesses to cover exhibiting costs to promote their products and services to audiences at high profile UK trade shows and events.

More than 30 companies have benefited from the funding scheme launched by Devon County Council in 2016, showcasing their brands at high profile events such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the London Toy Fair, the Olympia Horse Show, and the VegFest UK Trade Show.

The scheme is part of the Devon Delivers programme, which promotes Devon as an innovative business location with great businesses.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “The feedback from companies that have received the Business Promotion Grant is that it has been extremely useful in helping them attend important trade shows. Opening up the potential of finding new clients and customers can help businesses with their development, and the benefit is that it also showcases Devon as home of innovative business which helps the county’s growing economy.”

The grants are only available to businesses or organisations based in Devon, and providing products or services originating substantially in the county.

Preference will be given to businesses promoting a new product or service, and also to those in key sectors including digital/creative, advanced engineering, business/professional, food and drink, research/science, energy and marine.

The grant will support eligible businesses to cover direct exhibition costs of attending a trade show or event between July 2018 and March 2019. The exact amounts awarded will be at the discretion of the Devon Delivers team, based on the quality of the application and how it meets Devon Delivers priorities.

Application forms and guidelines are available at

The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday 4 July. Applications should be submitted to Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 16 July.

For more information contact Geri Panteva on 01392 383884 or

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