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Free support for North Somerset businesses through Business Support Unlocked

16th May 2023

Business Support Unlocked is a free at the point of access pre-start, early growth, and business resilience programme that provides North Somerset businesses with a package of flexible and accessible support to help them overcome challenges and succeed well into the future.

This support includes:

  • A 3.5 day Starting in Business Course that offers foundational insights into starting your own business. The course is delivered online, with 7 sessions over 4 days, and provides information and guidance to help deal with key issues that are going to be fundamental to the performance and success of the early stages of your new enterprise.

  • 1-1 Advice Sessions that are flexibly delivered through face to face appointments, by phone, or even via online platforms so you can get the advice you need in the manner that works for you. There is also a manned telephone advice service available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to deal with any ad-hoc enquiries. The face to face sessions available at a wide range of outreach locations across the region including: the hive, Clevedon and Portishead libraries, Clevedon and Weston Job Centres, The Stable, The Other Place, We Are Super, The For All Healthy Living Centre, the NS community hubs and Citizens Advice.

  • A responsive series of workshops that focus on up to date information on key priorities and sectors – to find out the latest events, please visit – event calendar

  • Access to the latest market intelligence information through COBRA and CBI databases

Business Support Unlocked is delivered by the hive and commissioned by North Somerset Council, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

the hive has 35 years of experience in supporting the businesses of North Somerset with an intimate knowledge of the current challenges facing our sectors. Their business advisors are well-equipped with a range of tools to help bring fresh ideas and training to those that have decided to start up or grow their business and are keen to engage with anyone across the region.

If you would like to find out more about the available services or upcoming workshops, or you would like to book a 1-1 session with an advisor, please visit or call Hazel at the hive on 01934 418118

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