The council is inviting micro businesses, freelancers and sole traders to be part of the research trial.  They are hoping to work with more than 250 businesses in the trial group to research how best to provide help and assistance to this group of businesses.

After 12 months of monitoring these businesses, the council will be able to understand what type of assistance might work for the businesses, and that will help them tailor support to rural businesses in future.

The trial will help the council understand better what the challenges are for micro businesses, what their aspirations are, and what makes a business work well.  With that evidence, future packages of support can be based on what helps businesses run more efficiently, and ultimately boost rural economies.

The trial will run across Devon, and the Exmoor and Blackdown Hills areas of Somerset, working specifically with micro businesses in four less-productive sectors:  tourism (including food, accommodation and retail); health and social care; trades such as construction, market traders and lifestyle businesses; and manufacturers.

To sign up please see: or request more information by emailing [email protected] before the end of December 2019.

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