Business support

Business support available in the North Somerset area.

Please contact the Economic Development Service at North Somerset Council if you would like further information on available business support.

North Somerset Enterprise Agency

The North Somerset Enterprise Agency actively helps local businesses to start up and grow.

For further information visit our case study North Somerset Enterprise Agency.

North Somerset Council

There are many services available to businesses at North Somerset Council. For further information visit our North Somerset Council page. If you are not sure who you need to speak to, please contact the Economic Development Service.

Westonworks

Westonworks is a one stop shop for job vacancies, job brokerage and skills matching. They aim to provide employers with a single point of contact who will work with you to find appropriately skilled and trained local people. They work directly with employers in and around North Somerset to ensure that local job vacancies are effectively promoted and filled through Westonworks and its partners.

Download their employer support leaflet.

For further information:
Website: westonworks.org.uk/employers
Telephone: 01934 426 260

Business Is Great - HM Government website

The website sets out the Government’s national business support service. It includes a directory with links to other useful sources of information.

For further information:
Website: www.greatbusiness.gov.uk

Weston College Business Enterprise Centre

The Weston College Business Enterprise Centre specialises in the provision of training in the workplace across the South West.

For further information visit our Business Enterprise Centre page.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Also, the FSB delivers a wide range of services to its members, including training and networking events, a free no obligation business health check and a range of discounted financial and insurance services to members.

For further information:
Website: www.fsb.org.uk/somerset-and-wilts
Contacts: John Mayer, email: JohnMayer@taxassist.co.uk Telephone: 01934 620 529 or Nicola Bailey, email: Nicola.Bailey@fsb.org.uk, Telephone: 01460 57850

University of the West of England (UWE)

The University offers more than 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course levels. UWE's focus on partnerships and links with major employers and a unique Graduate Development Programme offers opportunities for students to get real world experience and develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career.

For further information visit our University of the West of England page.

Business West

Business West is a membership and economic development organisation working across the South West. The network of Chambers of Commerce offers its members a wide range of services such as access to networking events and training courses.

Services and programmes offered by Business West include:

Serviced office space with ‘easy in easy out’ rental is also available at their Leigh Court Business Centre in North Somerset.

For further information:
Website: www.businesswest.co.uk
Telephone: 01275 373 373

Local Chambers of Commerce

There are a number of Chambers of Commerce in North Somerset covering the main towns and surrounding areas. These provide a collective voice and numerous benefits such as networking opportunities.

For contact details including website address visit our contacts page.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

This is the government’s lead international business development organisation that assists UK companies engaged in overseas trade and foreign enterprises seeking to locate in the UK.

Using the expertise of International Trade Advisers, Market Specialists and the network of British Embassies and Consulates around the world, UKTI can help develop export strategies and offer a range of subsidised services including market research, sales leads and business opportunities, publicity and support for travel.

For further information visit www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk or download the pdf UKTI Services Descriptor.

West of England Growth Hub

The website offers access to an extensive, connected network of business knowledge and skills partners, supporting local businesses to confidently expand and grow.

For further information:
Website: www.wearegrowth.co.uk

SWMAS

We are a team of manufacturing and business development experts with a mission: to help transform south west manufacturers into world class businesses.

Our unique connections, knowledge and expertise are used in partnership with ambitious manufacturers to help them improve their productivity, develop their capabilities, enter new markets and become leaders in their fields.

We support programmes on behalf of government, local enterprise partnerships and other public sector funders. We design and deliver programmes to support manufacturers in a variety of ways, from targeting key supply chains like nuclear and off shore wind to broader services, developing strategy and improving productivity.

For further information:
Website: swmas.co.uk
Telephone: 0845 608 3838
Email: info@swmas.co.uk

HM Revenue & Customs

Got a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? If so, this HMRC e-learning course is for you.

For further information:
Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/syob/index.html

StartUp Britain

is designed to make it easier for new companies and innovations to flourish and encourage people who aspire to start new businesses to work for themselves. Information is available for starting a business, growing a business and exclusive deals with some of the most recognised brands in the UK.

For further information:
Website: www.startupbritain.org

South West Innovative Manufacturing (SWIM)

Bristol-based accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, has relaunched the South West Innovative Manufacturing (SWIM) forum, after forging a new collaboration with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to help drive the project.

Lloyds Bank has joined founders BDO and existing partner EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in delivering the regional initiative designed to promote and celebrate the successes of South West manufacturers.

For further information:
Website: SWIM

Business Navigator

The support access service of the West of England LEP details upcoming events and organisations that exist to support and advise businesses in the area.

For further information:
Website: www.businessnavigator.org.uk

Resource efficiency guidance

Advice and support is available for businesses wanting to save money on energy bills and reduce their environmental impact. Details of organisations that can provide advice are listed on our resource efficiency guidance page.

Broadband for business

Advice and information is available for businesses on the rollout of high speed broadband infrastructure in the North Somerset area and the business support available. Visit our broadband for business page for more information.