Bristol and West of England Social Enterprise Support

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur or a social enterprise in Bristol looking to take your idea or business to the next level? We are working with a number of partners in Bristol to offer range of programmes designed to support businesses from pre-start up to growth stages:


BrisBES – Bristol Inclusive & Sustainable Business and Enterprise Support

Partnering with YTKO, we bring you BrisBES, your gateway to transforming innovative ideas into thriving businesses. From pre-startup to early-stage startups, we provide tailored support to ensure your venture’s success.

Key Features:

  • 5 half-day online pre-startup learning program in small cohorts.
  • Business-specific themed workshops for ongoing enterprises.
  • Personalized one-to-one support.

Find out more here

Local Access Partnership – SSE Trade Up Programme

Ready to elevate your social enterprise? Our Trade-Up Programme, supported by the Local Access Partnership, is designed for enterprises aiming to enhance their income and impact. A £5,000 match trading grant awaits to double your growth efforts.

Key Features:

  • A 9-month programme for people that have set up their social enterprise and plan to increase income and impact.
  • A blend of online and face-to-face learning focused on growth, trading development, and investment readiness.
  • Programme begins June 2024

You can download guidance notes for this programme here.

The deadline for applications is 20th May.

Apply now

Social Economy West – Accelerator Programme

In collaboration with Business West, this programme is tailored for organisations striving for financial and environmental sustainability. It’s an opportunity to scale, manage risks, and integrate into the wider economy effectively.

Key Features:

  • A 9-month journey combining face-to-face and online sessions.
  • Focus on scaling, financial management, and moving towards Net Zero.
  • Aimed at more established organisations looking to scale their impact.

Find out more here