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Business Support Services

North Somerset is a great place do business and there are a host of local, regional and national organisations and agencies to support you start up, scale up, innovate and collaborate. Whatever the stage, size or focus of your business we can help signpost you to free and subsidised advice, workshops, events, funding, networking, collaborative opportunities and premises.

North Somerset Enterprise Agency Support

North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA) acts as a “one-stop-shop” providing impartial and confidential guidance on every aspect of business start-up and growth so that you can launch, manage and grow your business with confidence.

As a not-for-private profit organisation with social objectives, the NSEA’s aim is to stimulate, encourage and support local businesses, helping to create a healthy local economy. Their experienced team of business counsellors provide impartial and confidential support to North Somerset businesses who are just starting out or who need help and support to grow. Find out more about how we can help your business by reviewing our services.

They welcome seeing clients in their offices at The Hive in Weston-super-Mare or, if that is difficult for you, they will aim to meet you at an alternative location.

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West of England Combined Authority - Growth Hub

The West of England Growth Hub supports businesses throughout Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire to innovate, grow and thrive. This free and impartial service is available to businesses of all sectors and sizes who have the ambition to grow.

Businesses are able to access local, free support to help around issues such as:

• Employment,
• Finance,
• Adoption of technology,
• Skills,
• Marketing,
• Intellectual property (IP),
• Exporting,
• And statutory regulations

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The Food & Drink Forum

Since its establishment in 1998, The Food and Drink Forum Ltd has built a strong reputation for supporting and developing successful food enterprises as well as representing the industry at a local, regional and national level.

The Food and Drink Forum is led by an industry Board sourced from businesses, academic institutions and other key bodies involved in food and drink manufacturing and its supply-chains.

They strive to always ensure the Forum’s services and funded support are reflective of businesses’ needs. Working with national funding bodies, local and regional economic development agencies, local councils and, most importantly, the businesses within the sector, the Forum continues to stimulate and support the sustainable development of the industry.


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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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