Spotlight on Devon’s female entrepreneurs

New FREE 12 week course to help women push ahead in business

A new FREE course designed by and for women who are starting and developing their own businesses is being launched by the Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Devon (BIPC).

The 12 week course (starting Tuesday 8th March)  is being rolled out online with the aim of exploring the particular challenges women may face, and to help develop key business skills.

BIPC Devon Manager Richard Love said: Female-led businesses have been found to have a better workplace culture they have closed the gender pay-gap in Green-tech* and women are more likely than men to think social, ethical and environmental considerations in business are important. 

“Our Course is designed to support female entrepreneurs and small business owners by developing key business skills and providing coaching on how to invest in their biggest asset, which is themselves! Female entrepreneurship can transform the way we do business, and the way we view work, build a stronger economy and improve our local business communities. We want this to happen in Devon, and by providing tailored and specific support we hope to encourage more women to start and grow a business right here in our county.”

BIPC Devon is one of 15 regional centres around the country funded by the Government to help entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups and small-medium businesses who want to learn and grow. BIPC Devon provides free access to information and resources online and in person at Exeter, Barnstaple and Paignton Library.

The three month course will focus on five key areas:

  • Personal development
  • Business planning
  • Branding and marketing
  • Sales and strategy
  • Building relationships

BIPC Devon’s Women in Business Course will run from March to May and will feature weekly webinars and online workshops, interactive sessions, networking opportunities and 1-1 support. The material will be recorded so participants can review it at their own pace. There will also be opportunities to join up with existing female-focused communities for co-working and networking sessions, as well as the opportunity to sign up to ongoing mentoring.

The course is free and sign up is at: 

For more information about the other services offered by BIPC go to: