South Bristol businesses are being urged to join a support scheme that provides a wide range of advice and guidance to help them in the face of significant economic challenges.
More than 100 people have signed up to the South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) scheme since its launch in the summer.
The scheme offers a range of support to entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized enterprises including: training packages; bursaries and grant; access to workshops and business coaching; and much more.
SBES is part-funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Regional Development Fund.
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “To protect our residents’ jobs and livelihoods in these challenging times, we need to make sure we are supporting our businesses. This programme for entrepreneurs and small firms in South Bristol, supported by the Combined Authority, sits alongside the package of measures we have already announced that are available through the West of England Growth hub to kick-start our region’s economic recovery.
“I’m pleased that many small businesses and entrepreneurs in South Bristol have already shown an interest in the project, and urge more people to get in touch to find out how our tailored support can help them to seize the opportunity to turn their idea into a thriving business.”
Entrepreneurs from engineers, cake bakers and wine retailers are already benefiting from targeted support through the scheme.
Simon Hall from Airway Medical Ltd said: “It’s good to know the fabulous potential for Innovation in South Bristol is being acknowledged. I’ve received a wide range of support from YTKO and SBES and I look forward to working with them as the company continues to grow.”
Rowan Webley from Invitations to Play said: “It’s great to see people paying attention to south Bristol and recognising its fantastic potential. I’ve already received a great range of support from YTKO and SBES and I’m excited about what more is to come.”
Bristol City Council is leading the partnership that is delivering SBES, which also includes Knowle West Media Centre, The Princes Trust, School for Social Entrepreneurs, and YTKO Ltd.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, said: “Bristol is facing the deepest economic depression since the 1930s and it is imperative we work together now to do all we can to keep businesses open and thriving. Schemes like South Bristol Enterprise Support are absolutely vital in our path to recovery, and in helping businesses and entrepreneurs to put in place foundations for the future.
“I’m encouraged to see so many businesses sign up for support already, but I want to remind existing and new businesses in the south of the city not to miss out. It could make all the difference in steering them in the right direction.”
The scheme supports businesses across all sectors, but can offer specialist advice for digital, construction and food businesses. Specific support is also available for young people, social entrepreneurs and women.
Emma Boulton, Creative Enterprise Project Manager at KWMC The Factory, said: “With COVID-19 changing our lives dramatically, many people are considering alternative ways to work and earn money: people who had not previously considered selling creative products are now exploring this as a viable choice. Making, innovation and creativity are at the heart of KWMC The Factory and we want to support more people in our local area to have the confidence and skills to make their ideas a reality.”