WORKSHOPS: Get your Local Business Started. 

Join Jay Tompt in Paignton, Brixham or Torquay for a two-hour workshop  where he will cover:

How to develop your idea.

Understanding your customer.

Creating your ‘unique selling proposition’.

What’s in a business plan.

Where to find funding.

Jay Tompt MBA, has start-up and consulting experience spanning more than 25 years and is an associate lecturer in Economics at Plymouth University. 

Workshops run from 6pm – 8pm. 

Cost £5 – £10 – £15 Pay what you can afford

Refreshments included


“Ever thought of starting a local business? One that will benefit the community in some way? Local Spark can help you turn your business dream into a reality.”

Jay Tompt


The Torbay Foyer 

6.00 – 8.00pm

Jay and I hope you’ll join us to identify the range of interests and expertise that we have between us all. We’ll also be discussing and agreeing guidelines that we’ll all be working to, and making sure that you’re up to date with Local Spark’s aims, objectives, and future plans. This is going to be a chance to find out much more about each other – so that we can work together to help our Spark entrepreneurs, and enjoy ourselves!

venue: Teignmouth Road, Torquay, TQ1 4DB, 


“You want to know more about becoming a Local Spark Coach? Join us on Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2019 at 6:00 PM”

Chris Gunson



A workshop to spark fair, inclusive and sustainable opportunity for everyone.

In this workshop we’ll learn:

  • How to build local support for positive economic change
  • How to run the Local Entrepreneur Forum+, a transformative one-day event that assembles community members of all kinds to support local entrepreneurs
  • Essential practical methods and tools, as well as key concepts and ideas that make the process easy to understand and communicate

How to Transform the Local Torbay Economy

The Local Entrepreneur Forum is working in other places in the UK and USA – it can work here too!

8th September 2018, 10.00 – 4.00

Coverdale Centre, Church Path, Palace Place, Paignton TQ3 3AQ


Workshop leaders –
Chris Gunson – founder of Local Spark and social enterprise veteran
Jay Tompt – over 5 years leading workshops on community-led local economics and regeneration

Tickets: £20 to £5 Pay what you can afford. We have some funding but also need you to contribute to the costs. No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. There are just 25 places, so email [email protected] to reserve yours and get directions & parking advice. A light lunch will be included. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


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Dear REconomistas! ♥

This is going to be final in our Exploring REconomy Ecosystem workshop series – please do join if you have attended any of previous sessions or if you have not – no previous experience required! 🙂

Questions we are going to explore together this time are: How would you begin implementing REconomy approach in your locality or region? How would you prepare “the soil”? How would you map your social network and why? Can you outline a simple action plan?

Join us if you are interested – as practitioner – in these questions and more. Let’s explore it together in our interactive workshop co-facilitated by Jay Tompt, REconomy Project: Totnes coordinator, Pedro Miguel Portela, REconomy practitioners community of practice member from Portugal, and Nenad Maljković, REconomy CoP coordinator.

Video call will be on Zoom and joining instructions will be shared with all that register for a FREE ticket here (you can use your social media profile of choice):

Please note that our video calls are meant to be shared experience and video will not be recorded. Event time is Tuesday, 19 June 2018 from 17:00 to 19:00 in CEST time zone (UTC+02).

“This is going to be final in our Exploring REconomy Ecosystem workshop series – please do join if you have attended any of previous sessions or if you have not – no previous experience required! :)”

Jay Tompt