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New Fully Funded Start Up and Business Development Support

28th September 2020

A new free business advice scheme has opened in North Somerset to help established businesses, start ups and companies wanting to grow.  The scheme will be operated by North Somerset Enterprise Agency and will form part of the wider West of England Universal Business Support (UBS) programme funded through the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the West of England Combined Authority and North Somerset Council.

The support on offer will provide impartial advice to those considering starting up a business and early stage businesses as a way of improving their survival chances and provide support to improve resilience post Covid-19.  Experience has shown that business survival improves when start up support has been accessed. In some cases, businesses are able to achieve objectives and targets faster when they have been helped through initial development.

A range of workshops will be available together with a guaranteed minimum of three hours face to face support which will be delivered in business convenient and socially inclusive settings.  Currently workshops are fully available online to ensure continuity of delivery and a safe learning environment.  All residents and Small and Medium sized Enterprises can access the support.

The next 3-day business start-up courses will run on the following dates:

20th, 21st and 22nd October

17th, 18th and 19th November  

15th, 16th and 17th December

12th, 13th and 14th January

16th, 17th and 18th February

16th, 17th and 18th March

In addition to online resources a range of ‘pop up’ services at locations across the district will be available providing drop-in sessions and workshops in our libraries and office buildings.

Support will also be available through other Universal Business Support partners in the West of England such as for social enterprises, women’s enterprises and innovation.  The service will also link to sector specific support such as that offered by the The Food WorksSW food and drink innovation centre.

The programme will run until 31st March 2023.  For further information and to book your place on a course please contact North Somerset Enterprise Agency

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