NDMA / Inspire – Heart of the South West Scale Up Programme


7:45 am - 10:00 am


Portmore Golf Park
Landkey Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9LB

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Inspire is a not for profit organisation that is delivering The Heart of the South West Business Scale Up and Growth Program in Devon and Somerset. Inspires mission is to empower and educate ambitious business leaders and to support them along their growth journey.

Inspire are partnered with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business programme, bringing their valuable, fully funded entrepreneurial education programme to the South West. Inspire are also recognised by the Scale Up Institute as an exemplar for providing support to high growth businesses.

Here is the launch video for Devon: Devon Launch

Inspire will explain who they are, what they do and how they can help. It will be a showcase of their services and of the Goldman Sachs programme. The target audience is established, ambitious business leaders that need support though the next stages of growth. Generally, they would like to see businesses of at least 5 employees and £250,000 turnover. They are industry/sector agnostic and work with anyone who is ambitious and has the capacity to grow. They will highlight all the valuable resources that are available in the region and ways in which they could be instrumental in assisting people with the right connections to deliver their growth ambitions.

Other Events

They also have a range of free (£10 charge for lunch) Strategy workshops this year which are also called Business Growth Forums. The seminar is interactive and delegates will leave with a draft 3 year strategic growth plan which can be followed through with one to one advice and guidance. Please see links for more details. If there is enough demand from NDMA members Inspire would be very happy to hold Growth Strategy Forums in Northern Devon.

Business Growth Strategy Forum – Devon (Exeter) – 30 January 2020

Business Growth Strategy Forum – Devon (Plymouth) – 12 March 2020

Business Growth Strategy Forum – Devon (Exeter) – 22 April 2020

Business Growth Strategy Forum – Devon (Plymouth) – 14 May 2020

The Tarka Trust – An Introduction

The trust is a small local charity with two guiding objectives:

1. Preserve for the benefit of the public the natural features of northern Devon whilst respecting any historical features.

2. Advance the education of the public about conservation and the protection of the environment in northern Devon.


  • 07:45 – Arrival and Registration
  • 08:00 – Breakfast
  • 08.30 – Inspire Background
  • 08.50 – Goldman Sachs Programme
  • 09:10 – The Tarka Trust
  • 09.30 – Close

The event is open to NDMA members and invited guests.

Please book by emailing the name(s) of those wishing to attend to [email protected]