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Devon is Open for Business

PUBLISHED: 10:18 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:18 12 March 2014

Tatiana Thrush

Devon is Open for Business - a series of FREE local conferences for tourism businesses

Tourism businesses across Devon are being offered expert advice and support in a series of ‘Open for Business’ conferences organised by Visit Devon as part of the Government backed extreme weather recovery programme. The conferences are open to all tourism businesses across Devon and neighbouring counties. Each conference will commence at 9:00am until 4.30pm to include a morning programme of presentations from leading experts followed by an informal afternoon session of Business Advice and networking. Refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Supported by Visit England the conferences have been devised to help businesses that have been affected directly and indirectly as a result of the extreme weather, including flood and storm damage, as well as those that have concerns about forward bookings for Easter and the summer.

The conferences are being held in four locations across Devon as follows:

Torquay - Monday 24th March - The Riviera Centre

Exeter – Tuesday 25th March - Exeter Corn Exchange

Plymouth – Wednesday 26th March – Holiday Inn

Braunton – Friday 28th March - Croyde Unison

The conferences will provide FREE professional advice on a range of helpful topics including:

Social media and digital marketing - Stuart Devlin

Business planning and business continuity - Guy Price

How to turn crisis into a PR opportunity - Dawn Bebe & Simon Whittam

Customer care and customer service - Rick Turner

Marketing and your marketing messages - Robert Baldry

Trading legally – Stephen’s Scown

Managing your Finances – Francis Clark

The event format will be:

09.00 Arrival and registration

10.00 Welcome from Visit Devon

Series of morning presentations

13.30 Networking and lunch

14.30 One to one Business Advice sessions and networking

16.30 Close

FREE places can be booked at: http://www.devontourismsupport.org.uk/

The conferences, paid for by the Government, offer a golden opportunity for tourism businesses to get top class FREE advice and support from a range of carefully selected experts. The conference programme has been designed to help ensure that Devon tourism businesses are well briefed to deal with any current or future challenges presented recently by the extreme weather. In addition the conferences will give businesses the opportunity to learn more about crisis PR and how to improve their PR and Social Media skills in addition to providing advice about future Business and Financial Planning and advising them on how to trade both legally and profitably.

Visit England has also published a practical online free guide that covers everything from assessing the situation, communicating with customers, reviewing marketing activity, government support and legal considerations.

One to One Business Advice Programme

In addition to the conferences One to One FREE Business Advice sessions will also be available at businesses own premises as part of this programme of support.

Anyone interested in arranging an appointment for one to one advise should email:

advice@devontourismsupport.org.uk specifying the areas of advice and support they require and one of the team will be in contact.

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