Start-Up Support Package

***Please note, to book onto these 1-2-1 sessions, you must be a resident in Somerset, or your business must have a registered Company’s House address in Somerset (this does not include North Somerset).***

Are you looking for support to get your new product or service off the ground? Or have you recently decided to change the direction of your business, perhaps due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our Start-up Support Package of business workshops has currently come to an end. However we're still offering FREE 1-2-1 Start-up Business Advice with an experienced business adviser, which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the different aspects of running your business. 

These 1 hour long clinics are ideal if you would like help or advice with starting and developing your business idea, through to marketing, business planning and finances.

You can ask questions such as:

  • How do I develop my idea?
  • How can I incorporate a green and sustainable policy into my business idea?
  • How do I make my business stand out and develop a Unique Selling Point?
  • How do I reach my customers? Developing a marketing plan.
  • How do I access funding?
  • What insurances will I need, what regulations and legislation will I need to adhere to?
  • How do I become self-employed or register a company? What is the correct legal structure for me?
  • How do I write a Business Plan or can I have help on how to improve mine?
  • How do I complete a cash flow?

You can browse current available dates for the 1-2-1 Start-up Business Advice Sessions below. Book now to secure your place.

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Who can access the Pre-Start and Start-Up Support Package?

The 1-2-1 Start-up Business Advice sessions are open to green and other pre-start up and start-up businesses and social enterprises from residents in Somerset, or if a start-up, with a registered Company’s House address in Somerset. Pivoting businesses may also be eligible to attend.

How much does it cost?

These 1-2-1 sessions are free to attend for residents who either live or have a registered business in Somerset. They are fully funded by the Somerset Authorities as part of the Business Rate Retention (BRR) Programme.

How do I book my place?

Check out the dates and times above of our upcoming workshops and book your place today! 

Will there be any more support I can access in the future?

We are currently waiting to hear whether we will have the funding to run more Start-up Support workshops in the future. These covered topics such as:

  • Idea Development
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning and Finance
  • Access to Funding
  • IP and Copyright
  • Sustainability
  • Cyber Security

If you would like to register your interest in attending future Start-Up Support workshops, please follow this link.

  • Register your interest

    If you would like to register your interest in future Start-Up Support workshops, or have any questions about the Start-Up Support Package or the 1-2-1 business support, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.

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