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Business Support Available in North Somerset


Universal Business Support

The Universal Business Support programme can help you: Understand regulations, requirements and best practice when setting up a new business, Access free expert advice and guidance to get started with a new business, Access training to develop your business, Access a range of one to one support, workshops and resources to help with everything from digital marketing to accountancy.

Visit the NSEA page

Starting in Business Course

When you’re starting in business it’s important that you get the essentials right. The North Somerset Enterprise Agency's business start-up course provides information and guidance to help deal with key issues that are fundamental to the performance and success of your business.

Visit the Starting in Business Course event page

Sustainable Business Club

The North Somerset Sustainable Business Club is a free, open, grassroots community of local businesses interested in sustainability and themes such as social impact, ethical conduct, climate change and other environmental issues.

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Help to Grow: Digital

Help to Grow: Digital is a government backed, UK-wide scheme that supports eligible SMEs to choose, buy and integrate software into their business. Through the scheme you can access funding to help buy new software. and free, impartial advice and guidance.

Visit the Help to Grow: Digital page

Good Employment Charter

The West of England Good Employment Charter will set the standard for working practices in the region. Supporting businesses of any size or sector to improve investment in their staff, enabling more inclusive, equitable and sustainable working practices, positively benefitting people, society, and the wider economy.

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Sustainable Technologies Scale Up Programme

You could benefit from this fully funded specialist business and innovation support to help accelerate your growth. Delivered by specialists in sustainable technology.

Visit the Sustainable Technologies Scale Up Programme page

Workforce for the Future

Workforce for the Future provides free tailored, in-depth support to help you ensure your employees have the access to the skills, training and support that your business needs to thrive. You’ll receive free support from our expert partners to ensure your business can identify ongoing skills needs, attract and retain talented people, access the right training and development and invest in your current and future workforce.

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Thrive at Work

The West of England Thrive at Work programme supports business leaders with the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce. The eLearning Managing Mental Health at Work is a free course that is designed to equip businesses with the confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with staff about mental health and wellbeing.

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Creatives Advice Sessions & Resources

Culture Weston have launched one-to-one advice sessions that are available every Tuesday and Thursday. Sessions are informal and open to anyone at any career stage. They are an opportunity to talk about anything from your creative ideas and project development to financing your work and funding applications.

Visit the Advice Session page

Food & Drink Workshops and Seminars

Eligible food and drink producers or businesses can now access a range of thematic seminars, workshops and practical events with industry speakers and business owners sharing their experiences.

Visit the The Food and Drink Forum events page

Business West Support

Business West offers a range of services & programmes to help businesses successfully start, grow, export, and innovate.

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Business West - Trading to Net Zero

Business West is fully committed to safeguarding the environment and addressing the climate crisis. In December 2020, they were the first Chamber of Commerce in the UK to release their climate change position statement. As a carbon-neutral company they are focused on achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Find out more today.

Visit the Trading to Net Zero page

Somerset and North Somerset Virtual Networking

Join the FSB for a welcoming and supportive hour of networking with fellow small business owners on the first Thursday of every month. Except for June due to the bank holiday this is on the second Thursday

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Let's Grow Business Together

The FSB's LGBT+ business hub includes free resources, interviews, advice, and networking events for LGBT+ small business owners and employers looking to make their workplace more inclusive.

Visit the Let's Grow Business Together page

South West Women in Business Virtual Networking

Meet with like-minded business people across Somerset, North Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

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Business In The Community - Toolkits

At Business in the Community (BITC), we encourage businesses to be ambitious when setting targets – remember that the Paris agreement only gives a 50:50 change of limiting temperature rises to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the target with the best chance of averting the climate crisis. So, we believe even a science-based target needs to be aiming towards 2030 rather than 2050 for the best chance of success.

Visit the Business In The Community - Toolkits page

Modern Methods of Construction Training

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and offsite manufacturing are seen as the future with opportunities to improve productivity and attract new talent to the industry.

Visit the Modern Methods of Construction Training page

Business Declares An Emergency - campaign

We raise awareness across the business sector of the imperative to accelerate action to address climate change, biodiversity loss and social injustice. We celebrate all companies who declare. We are not perfect, and we are not judging others. We are part of a coalition of the willing looking to collaborate and accelerate action. We push the boundaries, facilitating conversations on the many complex challenges businesses are facing. We urge faster action than the Paris agreement.

Visit Business Declares An Emergency campaign page

Women Mean Biz

Join an established network of businesswomen and entrepreneurs working in all sorts of businesses from start-ups to established companies and large corporations. The only qualification you need to join is the desire to be successful in your business

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Clevedon Chamber of Commerce

The Clevedon Chamber of Commerce is a collective of companies, working together to develop the success of the town’s business community. Members enjoy knowledge and best practice sharing with other members and a say in our economic development activity. The Clevedon Chamber is an active member of a number of initiatives including the Coastal Community Team and the North Somerset Ambassador group.

Visit the Clevedon Chamber of Commerce page

Portishead Chamber of Commerce

The Portishead Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation that offers support to the local business community. Whatever your business – retail, wholesale, manufacturing or service, high technology or crafts – you will benefit from being a member of this organisation, which aims to help put Portishead businesses on the map.

Visit the Portishead Chamber of Commerce page

Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce

Open to all businesses that are based in or have business links to Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area, the Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce cultivates a local business network of members offering community, support and opportunity. Encouraging business development and growth.

Visit the Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce page

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

The government has released guidance on the new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF). This is a relief to be applied to a business’s business rates account and not a grant.

Visit the CARF page

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