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Creating your SW destination through Airbnb

The 373 Group, probably the friendliest business networking group in the SW, is delighted to host this event that will help those of us who are looking to get more value from their land and properties.

Airbnb is a modern phenomenon that boasts thousands of properties across the UK but is looking to expand its presence in the SW.  Richard Curtis, Host Support Manager of airsw, has the job of attracting new venues to the airbnb portfolio, working with local property owners to bring them on board. Whether you have a yurt, treehouse, shed, hut, spare room, annex, attic or a castle, Richard will be more than interested to guide you through the myths and realities of making your property pay.

Also Jamie Mandeville of Ashwood Shepherd Huts will be explaining how his huts can develop that special space that you may be reluctant to let anyone else but yourself use #luxuryspace

In addition, this event will combine the relaxed networking, great refreshments and friendly company, plus many more ideas to boost your property's popularity.

Date: 26th April @ 7:00pm
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Lean Operations - Introductory Course

A one day introduction to lean process improvement which is ideal for managers, supervisors or operations staff who need to understand the basics of how to improve their processes.

This course is high energy and highly practical, using lean simulations to assist in the learning.  

This course will help delegates understand:

  1. Why lean operations are important for all organisations
  2. Understanding how their processes are currently performing using process mapping
  3. Identifying the main causes of process inefficiency
  4. How to improve processes using a range of lean tools

The course is underpinned by active learning through the use business simulations which are enjoyable, high energy and high impact and will provide learning insights for staff of all businesses and organisations, across all sectors.

South West Growth Service are business consultants with a reputation for delivering high energy and impactful business training.  This course is led by Chris Lorimer who is an award winning lean process improvement specialist who has lead continuous improvement programmes for organisations across multiple sectors.



Date: 11th May @ 9:00am
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Start-Up Workshops

Ideal for those with an idea that they want to get off the ground or those who started their own business but want to achieve more.

A one day workshop with lunch provided.



This workshop will cover all key aspects of starting up your business, including:

  • Developing the concept 
  • Marketing and sales
  • Running the business (operations and  finance) 

Ideal for those who have just started their business but need to become more focused in achieving their desired outcomes or those who have a dream they want to take forward but don't know where to start!

Chris Lorimer is one of the South West's best known business consultants with a wealth of experience in helping businesses, large and small.

Date: 17th May @ 9:00am
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Breaking barriers across borders

This 373 Group Event celebrates the story of Exmouth based entrepreneur, Ella Tyler, who has achieved fast growth success through her company, Mountlands International School.  The company provides great experiences for thousands of international students each year who add significant investment to Exmouth and the homestay families that they live with.  Ella has had to overcome a number of issues through scaling up the company and will be sharing her journey and her advice for other entrepreneurs.  She is passionate about supporting the advancement of women on Boards and is co-founder of Lead5050 which aims to raise the profile of women in international education.

This event will also feature "the friendliest networking in the SW", delicious refreshments and will also be an opportunity to prepare your pitches for the 373 Group Awards for 2018.



Date: 24th May @ 7:00pm
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Developing Lean operations - 2 day course

In this 2 day course, operations Directors, managers, supervisors and staff will get a full understanding of how they can develop an improvement culture within their organisation and create lean operations.  Delegates will be able to identify operational areas that require streamlining and incept projects that make significant cost savings and customer service improvements.


A two day course that will provide a detailed understanding of lean operations and will provide delegates with the confidence to take initial steps to improve areas within their business.

The course is high energy and based upon highly realistic simulations that enable the attendees to make changes and understand their impact.  The attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the customer expectations and translate these into defineable operational requirments
  • Identify and define continuous improvement projects
  • Measure current process performance
  • Recognise opportunities for performance improvement
  • Make the necessary changes to sustainably improve the processes 

Delegates will receive detailed course notes.


South West Growth Service are business consultants with a reputation for delivering high energy and impactful business training.  This course is led by Chris Lorimer who is an award winning lean process improvement specialist who has lead continuous improvement programmes for organisations across multiple sectors.

Date: 4th June @ 9:00am
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Emergency First Aid at Work

It is essential that you can trust the person who will care for you, if you suffer an accident or sudden illness at work.

This course is ideal for anyone who might need to provide care after such an occurrence, and covers common injuries and illnesses.

This course will qualify you for a period of 3 years to act as a first aider in low-medium risk workplaces.

Course content is specified by the Health & Safety Executive and includes:

  • Dealing with unexpected emergencies
  • Assessing & Monitoring a casualty
  • How & When to get help
  • Recording & Reporting
  • The unresponsive breathing, and non-breathing casualty
  • Seizures
  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Bleeding
  • Use of a Defibrillator(AED)

Training provided by Jeff Gregory of

Date: 7th June @ 9:00am
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Scale Up your Business

This one day course is designed to help business owners and Directors move their business from steady state to a larger scale, generating more revenue and profit and with the prospect of a business sale.

Delegates will identify:

  • The rationale for scaling up - is this right for them?
  • The key levers for scaling up their business - using a variety of tools
  • The strategic options available to achieve the scale up outcome they require

In this high energy workshop, Directors and Business Owners will gain greater understanding of how they can achieve the growth they want whilst mitigating the potential risks.

South West Growth Service support businesses across the South West to scale up  and achive their business ambitions.  This course will be led by Chris Lorimer and Andrew Southall, two experienced business consultants who have supported businesses to achieve exceptional growth.

Date: 20th June @ 9:00am

2018 373 Group Business Awards

The 2018 Annual 373 Group Awards are a wonderful chance to celebrate the fantastic achievements of businesses across the South West that have succeeded and thrived.  The Awards are the ideal opportunity to recognise those businesses that often go unnoticed and to hear their stories of how they have become successful.

Held at the sumptuous and elegant Escot House, the 373 Group network will be out in force to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues.  Whether sipping prosecco on the terrace, sharing canapes in the beautiful drawing room or exchanging cards at the bar - there is bound to be something that will provide a spring in your step.

The event's networking starts at 7pm, with sparkling prosecco and extravagant canapes served.  Offcial proceedings begin at 8pm. The award categories are:

  • Best customer service
  • Best marketing
  • Best professional service
  • Best retail
  • Best rural
  • Best venue
  • Best start-up
  • Greatest social impact
  • Top 373 Business person
  • Best company award

Nominations can be made online via the 373 Group website.

Tickets are subsidised for 373 Group Members,

Any questions, please email

Date: Thursday 12th July, 2018 - 19:00 to 22:00