RGN Community & Schools Entrepreneurship Pilot

6 Jan 2014

The overall vision for the HOTSW RGN is to create a sustainable rural economy through developing a network of rural enterprise hubs which act as a focal point for support to the micro and small business sector. The purpose of this pilot scheme is to develop a mechanism to raise awareness of entrepreneurialism amongst Devon’s young people and communities, thereby creating a potential pipeline of future users for the RGN hubs.

The pilot, initiated by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HOT SW LEP), and funded through the Rural Growth Network (RGN) and Devon County Council, is being delivered by Devon and Cornwall Business Council, in association with a number of partner organisations: Education Business Partnership SW, Careers SW, Optimise4 and The Fruit Tree for Business.

In Summary:

Project Objectives:

  1. Encourage innovation in the wider community
  2. Establish a programme that promotes entrepreneurship within the school, linking primary, secondary and tertiary phases
  3. Encourage a whole community approach to the development of innovative and sustainable businesses.

5 Rural Locations:

  • Broadclyst / Clyst Vale Community College 
  • Exmouth / Exmouth Community College 
  • Holsworthy / Holsworthy Community College 
  • Totnes / King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC)
  • Okehampton / Okehampton Community College

Key Activities:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awareness Events: to raise awareness of entrepreneurship and of the subsequent workshops
Entrepreneurship Workshops: to explore and develop community entrepreneurship, establishing cooperative and providence societies, identifying needs and opportunities, designing innovative solutions, creation of sustainable community outcomes, new and relevant adult and community learning courses
Entrepreneurship Workshops: to explore and develop: Entrepreneurship, Creating a business from an idea, Independent thinking skills, Problem solving , Recognising opportunities and Learning from mistakes.
Business Skills Workshops: to develop knowledge of, and basic skills in: business planning, business funding and finance, and business documentation.
Student Mentoring workshops: to develop and enhance entrepreneurial business thinking and planning.
Interactive Learning Sessions: with targeted learning outcomes, to fully explore opportunities for business and entrepreneurship training and study courses at South West colleges.
Inter-school Entrepreneurship Challenge Days: to challenge students and to put to the test their newly gained knowledge of entrepreneurship and business.


Launch Events
The launch events below are being held to inform key stakeholders about the pilot and the various opportunities to get involved in the fully funded activities running in these colleges and communities. Devon County Council, DCBC and a local entrepreneur will be available to inform and inspire you and there will be an opportunity to network!
To book your place and for venue details, please see details below and click on the event you would like to book to attend:
Location Venue Date Book your place
Broadclyst Clyst Vale Community College
Post 16 Block
4pm-5.30pm – Please click here for 4pm Event
5.30pm-7pm - Please click here for 5.30pm Event
Exmouth College, Gypsy Lane site, Judith Telfer building
11/02/14 4pm-5.30pm – Please click here for 4pm event
5.30pm-7pm - Please click here for 5.30pm event 
Totnes King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC)  Ariel Centre 12/02/14
4pm-5.30pm – Please click here for 4pm event
5.30pm-7pm – Please click here for 5.30pm event
Holsworthy Community College,
the Purple Circle Theatre
13/02/14 4pm-5.30pm – Please click here for 4pm event
5.30pm-7pm – Please click here for 5.30pm event
Okehampton The Pavilion in the Park
(nr. Okehampton College)
4pm-5.30pm – Please click here for 4pm event
5.30pm-7pm – Please click here for 5.30pm event

About Rural Growth Networks:
A Rural Growth Network (RGN) is an initiative designed to support rural businesses and stimulate sustainable economic growth in rural areas. HotSW is one of just five LEPs selected to deliver a pilot Rural Growth Network across the UK. In the HotSW area, the RGN was put together by Devon County Council (the accountable body) jointly with Somerset County Council, on behalf of the HotSW and has been awarded £2.9m. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/stimulating-economic-growth-in-rural-areas/supporting-pages/rural-growth-network-pilots

About RGN Hubs:
Devon work hubs is a growing community of friendly and flexible work spaces, perfect for home-based and mobile workers, business start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. ‘An office when needed’, and so much more besides – our work hubs offer a nurturing and supportive environment, where you can meet and collaborate with like minded individuals; perfect for growing your business ideas. http://www.devonworkhubs.co.uk/

The Rural Growth Network Community & Schools Entrepreneurship pilot is a Heart of the South West LEP initiative funded by Defra and Devon County Council.  Devon County Council is the managing authority.



Key Contacts: 

Enquiries about this pilot should be made to Karen Woodward (Project Manager) via karen.woodward@dcbc.co.uk  or 07583 739815.

DCBC Involvement: 

This pilot is being delivered by Devon & Cornwall Business Council in partnership with Education Business Partnership SW, Careers SW, Optimise 4 and The Fruit Tree for Business.

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