The South West Growth Service believes that each business faces different issues and opportunities that cannot be addressed by a single model or approach. We recognise that our combined skillsets are stronger when used in combination rather than alone. We also know what we don’t know – but we also know great people who can cover the don’t know areas!

We always stay by our clients' side throughout the whole journey of change and growth, rather than just pointing them in the right general direction. We work with carefully selected partners in order to be able to help our clients achieve their ambitions, and to be able to access a range of skills and resources beyond our own. 

Our partners and their services are listed below.

Our partners

Stephens Scown is a top 200 law firm based in the South West. Our clients are impressive ranging from high street brands and international firms to large landed estates. In an independent legal survey we come top for client satisfaction - 99% would recommend our services. We are one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For.

Bitpod specialises in creating video and animation content to help convert your website visitors into customers. With a strong marketing and web technology background, the Bitpod team work as part of your business to produce effective digital content. Based in Exeter, Bitpod offers in-studio video services for local clients and on-location services throughout the UK.

Air Marketing Group are an outsourced business development agency specialising in B2B telemarketing, appointment setting and lead generation. Our professional, experienced business development team delivers millions of pounds of sales revenue and thousands of new sales leads to our clients each and every year.

Whether you're a small business owner, a Sales Manager or Director or part of a large sales team in an enterprise, we can support your business development activities with a tailored outbound campaign that delivers new sales leads to your pipeline week in, week out.

Bigwave Media is a full service, creative, marketing and digital agency with excellent resources and skill-sets.  We work with clients across a wide variety of marketplaces, including local government, leisure/tourism, charities and B2B sectors.  Our team comprises of marketing professionals, account managers, graphic designers, web developers and digital strategists.

We work closely with local companies to provide employment and work place opportunities, this includes university internships and work experience. We have also been awarded accreditation for offering European work experience by TTPL in South Devon and apprenticeships via South Devon College.  We take our environmental and social responsibility very seriously and as such we have clear and ethical working practices in place.

Acronyms are committed to providing businesses with exceptional, tailored IT & unified comms that are fit for purpose and exceed our clients’ expectations. Built on a simple ethos to sell the correct solution, we have combined quality of service with a passion for technology, to become a trusted provider in our field.

Sarah West Recruitment is regarded as the ‘go to recruitment agency’ for recruiting high calibre professionals in Sales, Marketing, Management and Office based roles. We are a team of friendly, professional, knowledgeable and results focused recruiters who work to the highest standards within our industry. Managers and business owners like working with us because we’ve been recruiting in the South West for many years and understand what local businesses of all sizes and industries need. We pride ourselves on being completely transparent in all of our dealings with you and we are only too happy to give guidance on all aspects of the local employment market and the recruitment process if you need it. 

Companies require a differing level of support at different times, and for different roles, and we will tailor our service according to what you want and need.  Whilst we are well known to local candidates looking for work , all our vacancies are promoted nationally so your search for the right person won’t just be limited to the South West. 

 Our goal is to ensure you hire the right person.  If you’re looking to hire, talk to us today! We would be delighted to help.

Turquoise Thinking is a full service market research company with 30 years cross-sector experience. Whether you need to know more about your customers, are launching a new product, or need to research a new market opportunity, Turquoise is trusted by both the biggest brands and one man bands! 

Our dedicated and friendly team combine experience with a relentless desire for understanding how humans behave, ensuring that we are able to provide exceptional value to clients through insights and ideas that are virtually unheard of in market research. With in-house facilities for telephone interviews, focus groups, online studies and the latest instant access software, we are always meeting the highest standards for innovation and quality. 

Through our partnership with SWGS, Turquoise brings big brand expertise to South West SMEs.

Aquamarine Media are a specialist search and social agency based in Exeter. We offer paid search marketing (PPC), social media management and copywriting services to clients of varying industries across the country.

We’ve been involved with PPC since it first arrived in the UK and have over 13 years’ industry experience. We provide the full set up and management of paid search campaigns, paid and organic social media management, and craft copy for blogs, websites, feature articles, print literature and email campaigns.

Our team are certified Google Partners and Bing Accredited Professionals. We pride ourselves on being on honest and transparent, and have run numerous highly successful campaigns gaining our clients impressive increases in ROI, revenue and engagement.

ThinCats is a leading alternative finance provider dedicated to funding growing and ambitious SMEs.

Filling the gap created by the banks’ inability to service much of the commercial finance market, ThinCats specialises in secured loans from £100k up to £5m.

ThinCats combines strong institutional backing with access to diverse pools of funding and has more than £200m of committed capital to lend against assets and cashflows.

Together Jelf and Bluefin are one of the UK’s leading financial consultancies.

Our purpose is simple: to build long lasting relationships with our clients based on personal service and technical excellence. We work side-by-side with our clients as their trusted adviser providing commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits advice and services.  

As part of the Marsh & McLennan group of companies (MMC) – a global network of experts in risk, strategy and people - we have the scale and financial strength to provide access to a broad range of market leading products and services.

While our network of offices across the UK, including the South West, enables us to retain the flexibility, local service and personal touch that is at the heart of our business. For our clients, it’s the perfect combination.

The Academy for Chief Executives (or ACE) is  an organisation specifically to help owners, Directors and business leaders unlock their potential. We welcome managing directors and chief executives from all over the South West to hear the very best expert speakers and provide invaluable peer learning. 

Led by SW Chairman, William Waddington, We meet monthly at the Deer Park Hotel, near Honiton. In a confidential and highly supportive environment, We provide the opportunity to think objectively about your business and discuss any issues that are impacting on your, or your business', performance.  

Through our relationship with South West Growth Service, we encourage business leaders to come to a session first before they commit.

To find out more email [email protected]

Tilney is a multi-award winning financial planning and investment company with over 180 years of experience, looking after more than £23 billion on behalf of our clients. We employ more than 1,000 staff nationally and work with clients all across the South West via our local offices in Exeter and Bristol. All of our services are underpinned by a disciplined investment process and delivered by some of the UK’s most experienced and highly qualified professionals.

We can offer advice on many different issues surrounding both your business and personal wealth including business protection; exiting your business, focusing on transferring your business wealth back into personal wealth tax-efficiently and providing specialist support to both you and your corporate adviser; pensions and retirement; estate and inheritance planning; tax-efficient investing and investment management.

Investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount invested

To find out how we can help you and your business, please contact our Exeter office on 01392 260640 or email [email protected]

Griffin Chartered Accountants is a fresh, entrepreneurial accountancy business that has experienced impressive levels of growth over recent years. This is very much down to referrals from existing clients happy with the service they have received from an exceptional team. We are delighted to be working with South West Growth Service, drawing on our expertise in accountancy, audit and tax services to help other businesses achieve greater success.

Ignite Academy & Training is one of the South West’s leading education and training providers, offering a wide range of training solutions, including apprenticeships and funding to upskill your workforce.

We can help your business prepare with a wide range of training solutions including Apprenticeships and Management Programmes. All programmes are bespoke and designed around both your business and the learner.

If you need to upgrade your IT skills, Ignite Academy & Training’s Information Technology department offer a range of courses to enhance your professional skills in the IT industry with accredited certificates, diplomas and CPD courses.

For further information contact us via our website or ring 01752 875610

Becoming a partner

If you are passionate about helping businesses in the South West to succeed, and believe you have a product or service that we could offer through our partnership programme then please get in touch with us to find out more.

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