Business Planning Workshop

How do you get an enterprise up and running, and headed toward a model of financial health and development? Vision, resources, and a useful plan.  In this workshop, we’ll help you get started and, if you’ve already started, troubleshoot areas that are vexing. We’ll cover the key sections of the basic business plan, analyze business models, share tips and tricks, and offer feedback on your project.

REconomy Centre
May 25 2:30pm-5:00pm
Cost: £10
Booking:  send email to

Led by Jay Tompt, is a coordinator of the Totnes REconomy Project, a social enterprise consultant, and activist. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has launched innovative economic regeneration and resilience building projects, such as the Local Entrepreneur Forum and the REconomy Centre. He has been leading workshops and giving talks about this work and on community-led economics, across Europe and Japan.

Prior to moving to the UK from San Francisco, Jay spent 10 years as entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’, after a 12-year career in Silicon Valley. Jay holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University.

The Buzzing REconomy Centre

REconomy Centre membersThe REconomy Centre may be the least known innovation in Totnes. It quietly provides a drop-in work space for anyone developing their own livelihood, new enterprise, or community project. It’s also an incubator of sorts, providing a range of support and capacity building programmes for interested entrepreneurs, some of whom have gone on to pitch investors at the Local Entrepreneur Forum. The member list is long, too, and includes Tresoc, School Farm, Encounters Arts, the Totnes Pound, and many more enterprises and projects making good things happen in Totnes and South Devon.

What makes it innovative is the model. It is self-managing, has lots of peer to peer support and collaboration, including peer-led skillshare sessions, and it runs on a ‘pay what you can’ membership fee. Currently, expenses are very low – it enjoys very generous terms from property owner South Hams District Council, who recognize the contribution the REconomy Centre makes to the community. As a result, it’s accessible and affordable. And regardless of ability to pay in Pounds Sterling, there is a complementary system of exchange – of reciprocity, if you like – providing an opportunity to explore alternative interpretations of default economic assumptions. And so, the REconomy Centre is delivering huge social and economic impact for almost zero budget measured in Pounds, in other words, an outstanding return on investment.

A few metrics over the last year:

  • Membership – over 80
  • Visits – over 3,000
  • Meetings – over 265
  • Workshops and surgeries –  18 with 150 attendees
  • Time invested – over 300 volunteers hours have been generously invested
  • An estimated £9,300 spent by members with High Street shops and local businesses

What’s more difficult to measure are the results of conversations and collaborations that lead to new ideas and new projects. What’s cooking now? Recent topics of ongoing conversations include the ‘library of things’, a community owned shop, and an ambitious alternative online payment platform. This talk may lead to action and these ideas realised. Perhaps they’ll be pitched at the Local Entrepreneur Forum, one day, like GroCycle and Argand Solutions. In the meantime, those little threads are joined by others, weaving productive relationships among and between different people and organisations, entrepreneurs and investors, catalysts and connectors. It is all part of an emerging entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem creating the conditions for more innovation, more livelihoods, and more solutions.

For more information and to get involved, please get in touch.