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Accelerate offers a comprehensive programme of FREE, targeted business and skills support for businesses and individuals across North Somerset.

The multi-partnership approach draws on the knowledge and expertise of  four established delivery partners: North Somerset Council, Weston College, North Somerset Enterprise Agency and The Food and Drink Forum to offer support and sessions that are flexible enough to suit a huge variety of needs

Accelerate offers a choice of professional, 1-1 and group business support via a  business voucher scheme,  online and in person workshops and masterclasses on a range of business challenges and priorities, specialist food and and drink advice and the delivery of outreach and targeted support across North Somerset. This offer is designed to help businesses start up,  grow and become more resilient.

Accelerate is open to all North Somerset businesses and sectors that are facing barriers to accessing business support, with particular attention given to rural businesses, deprived communities, female entrepreneurs, 18–35-year-olds, creative industries, and food and drink manufacturers.

The programme is funded by the government’s Community Renewal Fund which aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level and will inform the future Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Participating Organisations and Agencies


North Somerset Council

The North Somerset Business Voucher Scheme enable businesses to fund the professional business support that meets their individual needs to help them grow, innovate and become more resilient. Businesses select their own supplier and use the voucher to pay for 1-1 and group professional business support or Leadership and management training through an identified provider. Vouchers will have a maximum value of £2500, with a minimum £1000 spend.

For more information and to apply

Weston College

Weston College (WC) are offering businesses a programme of free, bite-size workshops and masterclasses delivered by industry experts and trainers. Workshops will focus on business planning, leadership development, digital support and developing digital skills, sustainability awareness with practical tools to support businesses with the green agenda, mental health and well-being, Training will be online in the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare, with business outreach in community locations in North Somerset to ensure training is inclusive and accessible.

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North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA) will enhance the existing Universal Business Support Programme through extra Business Advisors who will work across North Somerset on a 1 to 1 basis to provide business advise and signpost to existing provision. Advisors will also reach out to deprived communities, rural businesses, female entrepreneurs and deliver a new You - Community Leadership Programme for18–35-year-olds .

For more information and to apply

The Food & Drink Forum SW

Food and Drink Forum (FDF) will deliver a comprehensive, workshop programme made up of 20 thematic events to give food and drink businesses the necessary expertise and guidance to take a product from Concept to Launch and to aid business growth and innovation. IA technical support programme will also be provided through a voucher scheme to help 15 individual businesses tackle issues that have held back their growth.

For more information and to apply

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

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