At Devon Business & Education Centre, we are partnered with some of the most accomplished business consultancy capability in the South West who are able to provide consulting, coaching and training to businesses of all sizes and aspiration.  

Through South West Growth Service, which is based at the Centre, businesses are supported to grow rapidly through ensuring their strategies achieve aligned activities across sales and marketing, operations, finances and human resources. 

In addition, through Lorimer Consulting and the 373 Group there are an enormous range of business experts who can support new and longstanding businesses, whatever their requirements.

Other services are also available to businesses including:

  • Facilitation.  Supporting business partners to find common ground to achieve the business' aims.
  • Mentoring,  Supporting new managers and Directors to achieve their potential.
  • Start-up support. Intense support to help new businesses navigate the early stages of business growth.
  • Networking. Providing exceptional opportunities to develop new customer and partner relationships. 


Upcoming @DBEC
Delivering Lean Operations for Profit, Service and Growth
11th April @ 10:00am
12 Tickets Remaining!

Lean operations are essential for all organisations that are looking to scale up, removing wasteful activities that do not contribute to the customer experience or the bottom line. This introductory workshop has been designed by South West Growth Service specifically for business owners, directors or managers who are looking to identify ways and approaches to introduce lean operations. The course is underpinned by active learning through the use business simulations that are enjoyable, high energy and high impact, providing learning insights for all businesses and organisations, across all sectors.

The day will provide you with an understanding of:

  • How lean operations improve organisational performance
  • What causes processes to be inefficient
  • How to improve processes using a lean methodology


10.00                  Refreshments will be provided on arrival

10.15 ? 11.00     Introduction to Lean and operational improvement

11.15 ? 11.30     Coffee break

11.30 ? 12.45     Business simulation 1 and review

12.45 ? 13.45     Lunch

13.45 ? 14.15     Identifying process inefficiency

14.15 ? 14.30     Break

14.30 ? 15.15     Business simulation 2 and review

15.15 ? 15.45     How to implement lean in your organisation

15.45 ? 16.00     Summing up and close of day

This workshop is led by South West Growth Service Director, Chris Lorimer.  Chris is a lean process improvement expert who developed his insights through his MBA at Warwick University, fully deploying them as Head of Operational Excellence at Barclays where he introduced Lean across the Private and International Bank. He led multiple award winning lean process improvement projects, has been a keynote speaker and judge at the European Six Sigma Awards.  He has helped introduce lean to organisations across the public and private sectors, including Higher and Further Education, manufacturing, professional services, finance and digital marketing.

Lunch provided

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Present with confidence
1st May @ 10:00am
5 Tickets Remaining!

Feel the fear and present with confidence!  This one day workshop is ideal for anyone looking to develop their presentation skills - whatever the purpose.  The course will allow delegates to overcome initial concerns, develop key skills and practice in a safe and relaxed environment.

Previous attendees have said:

"This course has given me strategies to become confident in public speaking"

"It challenges the mind in a positive way - great feedback"

"A great venue, delicious food and a brilliant course - thank you" 

"Having the opportunity to practice my presentation a number of times with exceptional feedback".

"Really great feedback - I have gained a lot more confidence".

"Chris has a wealth of experience and such an encouraging approach"

The course runs from 10am until 4pm with a break for lunch.

Chris Lorimer is an experienced trainer, speaking coach and public speaker at international conferences and high profile events across the UK. His approach will help all potential speakers whether preparing for a conference speech or a wedding. He works with delegates in groups or one to one, whatever their preference.

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Essential Project Management Skills
21st May @ 10:00am
12 Tickets Remaining!

If your business needs to deliver step change through a significant project - do you feel confident to make it happen?  Will it be completed on time, to the right quality at the right cost?

Desgned for business managers, this one-day workshop looks at how project management principles and tools can be applied in any organisation to bring clarity and confidence in delivering required project outcomes.

Applying Prince 2 and Lean principles, by the end of the workshop, you will be able to identify the common pitfalls that compromise projects and understand how to avoid them. 

Running from 10-4, this workshop will be structure as follows:

10.00 ? 10.15     Refreshments & registration

10.15 ? 11.30     Defining your project

11.30 ? 12.30     Developing the plan

12.30 ? 13.30     Lunch

13.30?15.15       Starting the project and monitoring progress

15.15 ? 15.45     Finishing well

15.45 ? 16.00     Action planning and close

This workshop is led by South West Growth Service Associate, Lucy Penn.  Lucy has been applying her project management skills for over 25 years across PLCs and SMEs.  She has introduced project management to several organisations and does it in a way that suits the maturity and operating model of each organisation. Lucy has an inherent talent for bringing clarity to confusion in a way that motivates people and effects change Lucy has a passion for helping businesses get things done well so they can improve performance in a sustainable way.

Lunch is provided - please provide your dietary requirements.

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Unlocking Innovation - Design Thinking for Business Growth
23rd May @ 10:00am
12 Tickets Remaining!

Is your business leading the way through innovation?

This one-day workshop will help you apply the principles of design thinking to your business, to encourage innovation and increase productivity.

Design thinking is a process used to innovate better solutions for business challenges. It originated at Stanford University in the 1990s and has since been applied to almost every business arena.

The learning outcomes from this interactive workshop will include:

  • The main principles of design thinking
  • How to use design thinking to enhance innovation
  • How to apply a design thinking approach to your business





This workshop is led by South West Growth Service Associate, Sawsan Khuri. Sawsan is a collaboration consultant helping businesses enhance their collaborative power and boost their innovative capacity. With a science background and extensive experience in building bridges across professions and roles, she has developed pioneering, collaborative working programmes around the world.

Lunch is included - please provide any dietary requirements.

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