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Calling all micro business owners - Sign up to the new 'Engaging Rural Micro's free business trial by 31st December 2019

Are you a rural micro business or sole trader? Are you interested in shaping the future of business support?

A new project which has been recently launched by Devon County Council (DCC). The 'Engaging Rural Micros' is a research trial to learn how to stimulate positive mindsets towards improving business efficiency.

Micro businesses, freelancers and sole traders (less than 10 employees) make up 90.1% of Devon’s rural economy*. Research suggests that there is a need for these rural micros to overcome their tendencies towards overworking, and increase time working on the business rather than in the business.

Are you a business owner who can relate to this? Is your dream to increase efficiency within your business, free up time, and reach that elusive ‘work-life balance’? Then get involved in this new research trial!

The trial will look at different ways of providing support to these businesses. All participating businesses will receive:

  • Business monitoring for up to 12 months, completing three business analysis surveys over the course of the trial
  • A business insight report at the end of the project
  • Information on the trial outcomes and future support
  • An invitation to an event at the end of the project, which will be a great networking opportunity for local businesses.

The trial will be based in rural areas of Devon (outside of settlements with a population over 10,000).

If you are a micro business owner, freelancer or sole trader, sign up online at or contact before the end of December 2019.

*statistics excluding Exeter

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