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Grow Your Business… Free Business Adviser? Yes Please!

Grow Your Business… Free Business Adviser? Yes Please!

With just under a year left on the ERDF funded Growth Support Programme, we had a chat with another Devon-based business who has been receiving free business advice through the programme.

Jessica Osbourne from Torbay Hypnotherapy is a self employed clinical hypnotherapist working from home and she tells us why 12 hours of free support has been absolutely crucial to her business growth:

So how was your business born? Why hypnotherapy?

I started training after I received hypnotherapy myself for a fear of heights. It benefitted me so much that I decided that I wanted to be able to help people in the same way too. I was made redundant in January 2018 and qualified with my diploma in April 2018. Since then, the business has grown and I’m helping people of all ages with a wide range of issues.

What do you enjoy most about your business?

Being in charge; I decide what I need and how and when I want to implement the ideas and
changes, the flexibility of working hours and doing what I love.

Why have you joined the Growth Support Programme?

It has given me someone who I can bounce ideas off, ask for, and receive business advice, support from someone who’s been there and direction.

Would you recommend the Growth Support Programme, and why?

Yes! As well as having my mentor, and being able to contact them to either ask them about business advice, get ideas and support, the training has been really helpful too.

What are your key goals to achieve following the programme?

To run a successful business, that best meets my needs, efficiently and effectively.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

Network and carry your business card everywhere!

Do you think there are challenges for female entrepreneurs?

Being taken seriously; whilst juggling family life and all the other demands.

If you own a business in Devon, you too can access 12 hours of free support, advice and training to help grow your business. You can register your interest online and a local business adviser will contact you: or if you have any questions, please contact Charlie Garnham on 07727 024244 or email

European Regional Development Fund

The Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme project is receiving up to £904,945 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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