Join us for a day of expert speakers helping you to create a high flying business

Bootcamp: 9.30am - 2.30pm 

Free-to-attend this Bootcamp is your chance to hear from inspirational speakers to help you develop and grow your business.
This event is designed to benefit entrepreneurs, the self-employed and small businesses from across the South West, at Exeter College Future Skills Centre. Join us to network, listen in to our expert speakers with top tips for your business and to browse our range of exhibition stands.

Make your business soar!

On offer is:

  • A free-to-attend bootcamp, with speakers to help you develop and grow your businesses. Keep an eye on socials and this page for speaker announcements!
  • Browse our exhibitor stands and find out about the support available for your small business locally (if you'd like to be an exhibitor, please book here).
  • A complimentary business networking lunch, giving opportunities to network with local businesses and to meet the South West winners of our FSB Awards who will be receiving their prizes at the event. 


What's happening


Event opens


Talks begin


Comfort break


Talks resume


Awards and lunch


Event close

Our Sponsors:  




Our speakers: 
Speaker Talk Title
Jonathan Keable, Business Strategy Group Ltd Innovate to Elevate: Unleashing Tomorrow's Success Today
Louise Marsh, FYIO From Idea to Stratosphere
Scott Grenney, Eddystone Media Engage, Attract, Grow: Build A Thriving Online Community For Your Business
Becky Craven, professional photographer How To Land "First Class" Photos On Your Smartphone
Susanna Boccaccio, Brilliant Trees Media Video Like A TV Pro
Jon Iacomino, Your Partnerships "Check-in" For Networking Success

Find out more about our speakers here. 

FSB South West Awards

We look forward to welcoming our South West winners of the FSB Awards to receive their trophies at our networking lunch. Congratulations to the following businesses on their success:

  • Community Award Winners - Bath Philharmonia
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award - Craddys, Bristol
  • Expansion and Growth Award - Firestarter Business Solutions, Gloucestershire
  • Family Business Award - The Authentic Bread Company, Gloucestershire
  • Franchise Business Award - Your Man with a Van, Dorset
  • Innovation Award - Biostart, Gloucestershire
  • Micro Business Award - Essential 6, Devon
  • Self Employed/ Freelancer Award - HR Vitals, Cornwall
  • Service Excellence Award - Next Steps Education, Devon
  • Start Up Award - Parade House, Wiltshire
  • Sustainability Award - Cofton Holidays, Devon
  • Young Entrepreneur Award - Natasha Mortimer, Imagineerum, Bristol
Check out the venue: 

Car parking : If you would like to park at the venue, please provide your registration number on the booking page or contact Beth Doel. Using the post code in a sat-nav will take you to the centre of the industrial estate, so we recommend following the directions in the guide below. 

This guide has more details on how to get to the venue.

We look forward to seeing you there!

FSB is a not for profit organisation delivering this event free to our members and guests. If you are no longer able to attend please can you let us know in advance, so we can cancel your catering. We are charged by our venue partners for non-attendance.  

Interested in our Bootcamp series? See our full programme of Bootcamp events here.

Event Contact

Please contact Beth Doel for any further information.

Jonathan Keable

Jonathan has experience of returning 5 multi £million businesses from a loss to record profits before starting the Business Strategy Group Ltd which offers HR, Marketing & Consultancy support to businesses. 

Innovate to Elevate: Unleashing Tomorrow's Success Today

Has your business delivered on your initial expectations? By increasing the value of your business you have the option to keep it, grow it, pass on to a family member or sell it. Jonathan will cover the 7 drivers to focus on to have a business that delivers on those reasons you first came into business for.


Find out about-

  1. Benefits of a Business Plan
  2. Market Visibility
  3. Improving your customer score
  4. Business & Market Strategy
  5. Financial & Growth Performance
  6. The Switzerland Structure
  7. Making your business attractive
Louise Marsh

Louise is a serial entrepreneur, founder of fyio via the music industry as owner of a record label, antique dealer and life insurance protection advisor.

Having always been on the look out for a great business idea, one day on a dog walk they hit on the idea of fyio app! This business is now her all encompassing passion and the rest is history. If you want to hear more she looks forward to seeing you at the FSB Bootcamp!

From Idea to Stratosphere

Louise will be talking about development through a business from concept through investment, to product creation, and taking to market The product itself helps resolve sending your personal information through unsecure channels and storing and sharing documents simply and securely.


  1. Raising investment
  2. Building a team
  3. From idea to Minimal Viable Product
  4. How to store and share documents securely
  5. How to use technology and apps to support your business
Scott Grenney

Scott is a Digital Media Consultant, with over 15 year’s experience based in Plymouth. Owner of Eddystone Media and Co-Founder of One Plymouth helping to celebrate the #BestOfPlymouth. Scott specialises in building digital communities and supporting businesses, organisations and events to thrive online.

Engage, Attract, Grow: Build a Thriving Online Community for Your Business

Social Media can be daunting for small businesses, Scott will help demystify the workings behind it and give you a range of practical tips you can implement in your own business channels. It’s easier than you may think!


  1. How to be you 
  2. How to be social
  3. Working with the flow of the social media algorithms for better results
  4. Quality over Quantity 
  5. How regular use will gain results over time
Becky Craven

Becky is a professional photographer and video content creator, specializing in brand building and social media growth for entrepreneurs.
Her portfolio boasts collaborations with major and boutique brands like Nestle, Chilly Bottles, Virgin and BBC. She specialises in demystifying complex technical issues and making professional-grade photographs and videos accessible to everyone, often with just your smartphone.

How to Land First Class Photos on your Smartphone

We know that a picture tells a thousand words so she'll get you more confident in creating professional-style photographs just using your smartphone. Learning to use the kit most of us have in our back pocket, our smartphone, is the quickest and easiest way to up your photography skills to promote your business. Join Becky to get an insight into planning, taking and editing photos on your smartphone.


  1. Why do we need good photos anyway?
  2. Smartphone Essentials
  3. Planning a Photoshoot with ease
  4. What to photograph when you have nothing to say
  5. Repurposing photos are your visual reviews
Susanna Boccaccio

Susanna is currently a director of The Royal Television Society's award winning TV and video production company Brilliant Trees Media Ltd.
Based in Media City, they produce TV and video content across broadcast, corporate and social. Susanna’s background in presentation and programme making, brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the projects they produce for their clients across the UK.

Video like a TV Pro

This will help businesses use video in their sales, communications and marketing strategies.


  1. How to use video to help your business.
  2. The benefits of Storytelling across video.
  3. What is the secret key ingredient to make your videos fly?
Jon Iacomino

Jon runs his own successful business BBX Devon as well as being a Managing Partner of the hugely successful networking group Your Partnerships. The primary purpose of Your Partnerships is to help enhance and strengthen the best businesses and most honest people and partner these people together for a stronger network.

“Check-in” for Networking Success: Top Tips for Successful Networking

Jon is a networking professional. As an avid networker, he is always looking to discover new businesses he can help and forge strong business relationships with. Jon will be talking about how to get the best out of networking and sharing top tips for successful networking.


  1. Top tips for successful networking
  2. How to avoid common networking mistakes
  3. How to present yourself with confidence
Hosted by Ruth Lambert

Ruth is FSB Development Manager for Somerset and Wiltshire.

As an FSB Development Manager, Ruth represents thousands of small businesses by lobbying for them locally and providing both one to one support and local events.

She regularly speaks to local media to keep the issues facing our small business community front and centre of local debate.


Further information

  • To help ensure things run smoothly, please refer to our Events terms and conditions here.
  • We want all attendees to feel welcome - please read our statement on Diversity and inclusion here.
  • Joining our virtual networking for the first time? Find out more about FSB virtual events and a quick guide to getting started here.