A new support service has been launched for residents and businesses based in South Bristol.
South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) is available for residents looking to start a business and existing businesses looking to grow.
Existing small and medium sized enterprises and residents based in the South Bristol area could be eligible for support from a partnership of providers who have expertise in a range of areas including; business training and mentoring, supporting young people in enterprise, and digital manufacturing.
The SBES project forms part of the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) expanded regional Growth Hub support offer to help businesses through Covid-19. The project will connect businesses with WECA’s Growth Hub to access the range of support available – for trading better online, financial resilience, innovation and green grants.
The support offered also includes pre-start up training packages, bursaries, access to workshops and digital manufacturing technologies at KWMC The Factory (Knowle West Media Centre’s creative innovation space), support with product development, grants, business coaching, a review of the business needs and specialist support.
SBES is part-funded by the West of England Combined Authority and the European Regional Development Fund.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “A creative spark or a new idea can come to any of us at any time, but no-matter what your age or background, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help to turn that idea into a business. That’s what South Bristol Enterprise Support is designed for. It gives tailored support to help people strike out on their own and seize the opportunity to turn that into a thriving business. SBES will form part of the expanded regional Growth Hub support to help businesses through Covid-19 and I’m thrilled to see it launch with support from the West of England Combined Authority.”
WECA’s dedicated business support service for SMEs, the West of England Growth Hub, provides the latest information and guidance on business support, as well as access to services and support programmes. Our team of Enterprise Executives offer up to 12 hours free one-to-one business support to businesses across the region. Visit wearegrowth.co.uk for more.
The SBES partnership is led by Bristol City Council and includes Knowle West Media Centre, The Princes Trust, School for Social Entrepreneurs, and YTKO Ltd.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “We’re really pleased to be launching the South Bristol Enterprise Support service with our partners to give entrepreneurial activity in South Bristol a boost, particularly during this difficult time. Working collaboratively with key city partners is going to be vital to the recovery of Bristol, and SBES will help to help people from all walks of life who have brilliant ideas to turn them into thriving businesses. I would encourage anyone in the area who wants to become part of a growing community of local businesses to apply.”
Penny Evans, Strategic Lead for Knowle West Media Centre, The Factory, said: “We’re excited to be part of the SBES programme. We’ve been based in South Bristol for many years and we know that there is talent and creativity in abundance here – but many people haven’t had the opportunities or support to realise their ideas. We’re looking forward to supporting people who want to become part of a growing community of maker businesses – no previous experience of digital manufacturing or design will be required!”
The project will support any sector of business but will include specialist advice for construction, digital and food businesses. It will also provide specific support for young people, social entrepreneurs and women.
Plaster Creative Enterprise, a South Bristol based marketing business, is providing support to promote the project across South Bristol.
A strong team of experts will provide different types of support to a range of potential beneficiaries; from supporting an established business to move forwards, to helping an aspiring entrepreneur take the first steps to building their own business.
For more information or to apply for support please visit www.sbes.org.uk