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North Somerset Business Support Programmes

North Somerset is a great place do business and there are a variety of programmes available to support you start up, scale up, innovate and collaborate.

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the hive

the hive has 35 years of experience in supporting the businesses of North Somerset with a team of experienced business advisors and intimate knowledge of the current challenges facing our sectors.

Delivered through the hive, is the Business Support Unlocked programme – 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.

Support includes:

  • A 3.5 day Starting in Business Course
  • Advice Sessions delivered through face-to-face appointments, by phone, or via online platforms
  • A series of workshops that focus on up-to-date information on key priorities and sector

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West of England Combined Authority - Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub provides tailored support, expert guidance and access to finance and support programmes to small and medium-sized businesses across North Somerset. This free and impartial service is available to business of all sectors and sizes who have ambition to grow.

Support includes:

  • Triage and Diagnostics Service
  • The Good Employment Charter
  • Intellectual Property Support
  • Thrive at Work
  • Workforce for the Future
  • The Create Growth Programme

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The Food Works SW

The Food Works SW is a food and drink innovation centre in Weston-super-Mare that offers food-grade business units for food and drink manufacturers. The business units are modern, cost-effective and meet the highest standards of environmental health legislation. They also provide access to technical support, sector-based training, networking, conference and room hire, coffee shop and business lounge.

Support Includes:

  • Business Units
  • Meeting Room Hire
  • Development Kitchens
  • Business Support Events

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Council Services

North Somerset Council offers a wide range of advice, support and services to the business community including, but not limited to; planning, environmental health, licensing, business support, skills and training, signposting to grants and funding opportunities, health and safety, procurement, premises, sustainable travel, business rates and trading standards.

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