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Developing your business in South Somerset

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides independent diagnosis and referrals to existing business support services, they are the first point of contact for businesses in South Somerset who wish to develop and grow.  The Growth Hub’s team are able to:

  • Provide you with information about local and national business support schemes, services, funding, grants and events.
  • Introduce you to organisations that can provide you with the specialist support and advice you need to grow your business.

If you’re looking for new ways for your business to make money and find new customers, the Growth Support Programme will help. This provides up to 12 hours free advice.

The government have put together Growing your business to help you consider all aspects of growth in your business.

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator Programme is a free support package for more than 200,000 small businesses to access online training, expert advice and intensive boot camps,

Entrepreneurial Spark is a free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. The Entrepreneurial Spark programme lasts for six months and can continue for up to 18 months.

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is a membership based business support organisation that provides a range of support services, networking opportunities and events and promotes and lobbies for business development across Somerset.

British Independent Retailers Association (bira) provide some free support, advice and resources to independent businesses. They also offer a range of further services if you chose to become a member.

Innovate UK is part of UK research and innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the Uk Government their purpose is to help drive productivity and economic growth by supporting business to develop an realise the potential of new ideas.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a non-profit making and non political membership based organisation that is led by its members, they provide a package of business support and services and campaign for change which supports smaller business to grow and succeed. They offer free events to all small business and self-employed.

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