Firms in Devon are being offered a day of free business expertise to help develop plans for growth at Deer Park Country Hotel.

A panel of experts will be running workshops and 1-1 sessions to help companies consider key topics including business strategy, legal, financial, HR, marketing, PR, digital skills, technology and use of data, as part of the Devon County Council-backed Fast Track to Growth programme.

Attendees will also enjoy a free lunch at the event, being held at the boutique venue near Honiton, on Tuesday February 14, 9.15am-3pm.

Companies who sign up also have the chance to be shortlisted to receive on-going free support to help them develop their growth plans further, through a series of focused business days in March.

And one company, after a final pitch event, will win £20,000 worth of on-going business support through 2017 from Astley Media, Barclays, Cosmic, DataWise Intelligence, Francis Clark, Neligan Financial, Perfect Pigtails, Sampson Hall and Stephens Scown LLP.

The prize includes an array of support such as strategy sessions to review and progress a company growth plan, marketing strategy development, digital skills review, intellectual property review, people strategy planning, review of HR policies and procedures, review of a commercial contract, on-going financial mentoring, tax efficiency session, news release development and data strategy review.

To apply, go to The deadline is Monday February 6.