"I can honestly say that I would not be in this position without the grant from 2017." -- Tracey Devon Pop Ups.'



The Bideford Business Start-Up Programme has been operating for 23 years and has provided advice and guidance to numerous potential start-ups. 

Many of the businesses have progressed and developed, employing previously unemployed people and benefitting the local economy.

85% of start-ups are still trading after two years.

In the past three and a half years, the Bideford Bridge Trust have awarded 105 start-up grants to successful applicants.

The programme supports a wide range of businesses. The start-ups supported in recent years include:

  • Bideford retail units
  • A Care Agency
  • IT Specialist
  • Foot Healthcare Practitioner
  • Nail & Beauty Salon
  • Organic Compost Producer
  • DJ & Security business
  • Motor & Marine Repairs Garage
  • Performing Arts School
  • Chartered Surveyor
  • Original Artistic Greetings Cards
  • Manufacturer of traditional building materials
  • Domestic removals
  • Lighting Specialist Supplier
  • Floating Restaurant
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Roofers
  • Laundry
  • Small manufacturers
  • Builders/decorators 
  • Website design
  • Craft makers/designers/sales
  • Blacksmith/Ironwork craftsman
  • Childcare Nursery 
  • Animal Welfare - veterinary services - dog walking/boarding etc.
  • Counselling

We also consider as successes those that we have assisted by signposting to other options, once Business Start-Up had proved to not be a suitable way forward for them.

Business survival rates 2013- 2017

Business Survival

Bideford Start-Up

UK comparison

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After 3 years



After 4 years