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Start your day right

Smoothie 1

Kick-start your mornings with these delicious smoothie recipes. Smoothies are a great way to get your 5 a day, and we promise they don’t all have to be green sludge! As well as being good for your body, it can also be nice to take time out of your morning to make yourself something – take the ‘me time’ where you can!

Take a look at the recipes: Smoothies-to-kickstart-your-morning


Rebel Girls

We couldn’t feature Kick-Start without mentioning Kickstarter, now could we. For those not familiar, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that focuses on bringing creative projects to life. From design and tech to comics and fashion, Kickstarter has been the starting place for all sorts of wonderful projects, including early versions of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ and the brilliant children’s book ‘Goodnight stories for Rebel Girls’.

So, whether you’re a creative with a brilliant idea that needs funding and sharing, or a philanthropist that would love to see someone else’s project come to life, Kickstarter is a great place to find engaging ideas and worthwhile ventures.

Find out more about setting up your own campaign:

Getting started - Handbook

Or visit the site to find a project - click logo below.

The time is now


That thing you always wanted to do? That skill you wanted to learn? That group you wanted to join? Now could actually be a great time to do it.

‘But how?’ I hear you ask. ‘We’re all stuck indoors! How am I supposed to meet people?’

While most every group, club and society have put a hold on their physical meetings, like the rest of the world, many of them have gone online, so there’s no reason why you can’t join in digitally.

There are lots of ways to seek out online groups and events, such as meetup.com. If you’re not familiar, Meetup is an online platform for finding and building local communities – so, whether you’re looking for a hobby group, weekly classes or community support, we’re sure you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.

Browse now at www.meetup.com

This year I will…

Sanchos Shop

For many of us, one of our resolutions this year will be to try and shop more locally and ethically. With a rise in Zero waste shops across Devon and blooming independent shopping sector, that shouldn’t be too difficult for most of us.

With gems like Sancho’s: www.sanchosshop.com in our midst (who have recently introduced transparent pricing to make shopping ethical more affordable, pay it forward schemes and been crowned Independent High Street Shop of the Year: Holly & Co Independent High Street Shop Award Winner, there really is no reason to not try and shop more locally and sustainably.

Take a look at some of these guides for independent shops in Devon and make 2021 the year you shop small, shop slow and shop local.

Devon boutiques: Trouva Boutiques Devon

Totnes independents: Devonlive.com

Exploring Exeter’s guide to independents: ExploringExeter.com

Indie shopping: InExeter.com

Gotta have that spark

Spark Torbay

The lovely folk at our Business & Intellectual Property Centre (or BIPC for short) have been working with Local Spark Torbay, a small but mighty Community Interest Company with huge determination, bags of optimism and a fierce desire to make good things happen in their community.

They work with members of all communities to start up and support businesses; they launched the Torbay Social Enterprise Network and ran the first annual Local Entrepreneur Forum in 2019 (with more planned in 2021 and beyond) and they’ve got a regular programme of workshops and can always connect local entrepreneurs and social enterprisers with helpful experts. So, if you’re business owner, entrepreneur or dream of launching your own start-up, they (along with our BIPC) are a great resource!

Find out more at: Local Spark Torbay

And if you’re Exeter based, Essence Social Enterprise Exeter are also doing fantastic things in the city. Take a look at their website here: Essence of Exeter