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North Somerset is home to an astonishing range of bodies and networks that will spark new collaborations, create new partnerships, find new buyers and suppliers, while keeping you up to date on the latest local businesses news.


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

A national, not for profit membership organisation with an excellent range of benefits for members. It also has a number of useful free resources on its website that are designed to help any small business owner, or someone self-employed.

These include:

Access to a wide range of free networking events and webinars

  • An on-demand page to watch previous webinars on topics to help support your business back
  • A Knowledge Hub with hundreds of jargon-free articles, guides, training opportunities and more all designed to help small businesses
  • A Small Business Sustainability Hub designed to help you to progress your journey towards net zero.

They also offer a range of support in your area through their local Development Manager Ruth Lambert and regularly post about new grants and support schemes on the South West Regional News pages of their website.

Business West

Business West a not-for-profit membership organisation representing over 6,000 businesses across Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Business West is the managing body of the West of England Initiative (for larger businesses).

Business West also delivers a raft of business support services on behalf of the Government – such as import and export and intellectual property advice alongside its own paid-for services.


Women Mean Biz

A membership organisation for women running businesses, or those working in larger businesses.

Find out more

Links to Chambers and Area Wide Organisations

North Somerset has a thriving support network for your business be it start-up or scale-up. There are Chamber of Commerce bodies representing specific towns across North Somerset:

Clevedon Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Technology


Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Telephone: 01275 858 515

Portishead Chamber of Commerce

Telephone: 01275 390402

Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce


The Hive

North Somerset Enterprise Agency

Whatever your business, with North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA), you can access free business advice and services; information, support and free or low-cost training support.


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