12 businesses and 20 new jobs created in January with Enterprising support

12 businesses and 20 new jobs created in January with Enterprising support

Pet wear and accessories, educational workshops, baby and parenting classes, translation services, a pre-school and a building firm were just some of the enterprises to launch, with new business owners enjoying free business support and advice under The Enterprising West of England programme.

The programme helps new businesses to determine their needs and provides tailored support to kick-start business success.

North Somerset Council is one of four West of England councils to deliver the programme, using experienced business support specialist NSEA as its provider.  It offers people with business ideas free and confidential one-to-one meetings with locally-based experienced business advisors, a wealth of information and advice and access to free or low-cost training.

The start-up and ongoing support provided can be instrumental in helping businesses survive their first year.  In January 2017, NSEA helped 10 businesses launch:  twelve months on, nine (90%) are still in business.

Meanwhile, of the 8 businesses that launched in January 2015 with NSEA’s support, five (62.5%) have survived their first three years in business – the period in which many businesses find they are unable to survive or the owner decides they don’t have what it takes to run a business.

The Enterprising West of England programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  It has been commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and is aimed at supporting Small to Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to support business growth).

More information can be found at https://northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk or by calling NSEA on 01934 418118.

The Enterprising West of England project is receiving up to £1,919,166 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/European-growth-funding.