Business Support

Digital Enablement for SMEs (DESME)

Free digital training is now available for sole traders and small & medium-sized construction businesses in Torbay and the wider South West – fully funded by the European Social Fund’s Digital Enablement for SMEs (DESME) programme.

The courses and workshops are proven to be effective. The only investment required by the business is time, which is quickly offset by the efficiency that increased digital skills provides. Training is delivered in a way that is easy to engage with; 1:1 digital training sessions or bite-sized workshops which minimise disruption on site.

For more information and to register for free, bespoke training packages click the button below.

Delivered by YTKO, the programme is partially funded by the European Social Fund and HM Government.


Enterprise South West, part of TDA Group, provide a variety of business support services to help businesses start up and grow. Free, impartial, expert advice is available on topics such as recruitment and training, expansion, e-commerce, access to finance, relocation and networking opportunities. For more information click the link below.


Funded training available for businesses in the Heart of the South West

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) supports small & medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West (which covers Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay) to access funded training to upskill employees.

Through one of Serco’s partner providers, Construction Skills People Ltd (CSP), there is a range of courses available to support upskilling and retraining in the construction sector. Specialising in Civil Engineering, Housebuilding, Road Building and Plant, Construction Skills People deliver recognised vocational qualifications that enable workers to achieve their Blue CSCS ‘Skilled Worker’ Card.

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. The SSR programme ensures that employees facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant in the last three months, get access to bespoke training to support them to find suitable employment.

Both SSW and SSR are co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund, so businesses and individuals can access a wide range of funded training.

More information is available at the following links: Skills Support for the Workforce and Skills Support for Redundancy