Next Steps to Success (South Bristol Enterprise Support)


Do you run your own social enterprise, such as a community business, charity, or company dedicated to bringing about social or environmental change?

Want to know how to expand, grow, and stand on your own two feet without the help of grants?

Then our Next Steps to Success course is for you!

Next Steps to Success is for social enterprises in South Bristol – it’s part of the South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) project, in collaboration with Bristol City Council.

What’s in it for you?

Our fully funded programme will bring business developers like you together, with support and advice from experts – and each other. Over three to five sessions we will look at:

  • Your enterprise’s vision and values
  • Measuring your enterprise’s social impact
  • Income diversification – selling, costing, pricing and investment
  • Business planning
  • Branding and marketing
  • Understanding your customer
  • Sustainability – trading with people and planet in mind
  • You will also benefit from an expert Business Review Panel tailored to your organisation.

When is it?

The session dates are as follows:

  • 18th October 2021
  • 25th October 2021
  • 1st November 2021
  • 8th November 2021
  • 15th November 2021

Each session will take place from 9.30am-1.30pm, running in-person in Covid safe venues, with options for joining online via Zoom to meet access and inclusion needs. Course numbers are often small and applicants will receive a phone call a week before courses are due to start.

You must attend the first and last session, as well as at least one of the other three workshops.

In addition, your personal business review session will take place in November (specific date to be agreed once you’re accepted on to the course).

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a place on the South Bristol Next Steps to Success course, you need to be:

  • Currently living or working in the South Bristol region (or planning to in the very near future).
  • Your community group or business idea must already be incorporated (as, for example, a sole trader, a Community Interest Company, or charity). Beginners or those thinking of setting up a new venture should instead check out our SBES Strong Foundations course.
  • Able to attend the first and last session, as well as at least one inbetween.

How to apply

Click here to apply using our form. Please note applications close on Wednesday 1st October 2021.

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Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity

Diversity is a fact of life. Inclusion is a choice and a practice – for organisations and individuals. At the School for Social Entrepreneurs, our aim is to drive inclusion into every area of activity of what we do; from accessing programmes, to grant investment, to board, staff and partnerships. However you identify, we want to hear from you. If you require any reasonable adjustment during our recruitment, including assistance with completing this application, please contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone: 07748 314717.

Other useful information

  • There are only 15 places available on this programme, so please do book early.
  • Yes, it really is free! We get our funding from the European Union, West of England Combined Authority, and the UK Government, so you don’t need to pay a penny.