South Bristol Enterprise Support – Getting Serious

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For our Getting Serious: Next Steps to Business Success programme, please click here.

The Getting Serious programme is for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in South Bristol and has 2 levels of support:

  • A one-day workshop to help you get started with your community enterprise, and
  • Four workshop sessions over four weeks to support your growing enterprise.

Our free programme brings business entrepreneurs like you together with support and advice from experts. You will meet other community entrepreneurs and learn the core skills you need to run a successful social business.

Getting started

This one day workshop is aimed at people with a business idea that aims to have a positive impact. It will support you as an entrepreneur to explore your business idea and work out your first steps towards making the business a reality.


SBES programmes are running in-person in Covid safe venues, with options for video access 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.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a place on the programme, you need to be:

  • Based in or working in South Bristol.
  • Your business must be incorporated.
  • Committed to attending all the sessions.
  • Able to identify as experiencing inequality or disadvantage.

Express your interest using this short form and we will be in touch.

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Or, get in touch by email or phone: 07748314717 if you’d like to chat about the other support we have on offer in South Bristol.

Getting serious for business success 

This 4 day workshop is for early stage enterprises who are looking to get more serious about their business. In a small group we will work with you on identifying your strengths, weaknesses and up skilling you to reach your potential! Organisations may be eligible for an additional £1000 grant on completing this programme.

We’ll work on –

  • 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

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a place on the programme, you need to be:

  • Based in or working in South Bristol.
  • Your business must be incorporated.
  • Committed to attending all the sessions.
  • Able to identify as experiencing inequality or disadvantage.

Other useful information

  • There are limited places available on these programmes, so please do book early.
  • Yes, it really is free! This programme of support is funded as part of the Bristol Local Access Partnership’s Enterprise Development project.
  • If you’re not sure if this is for you, check out the other support we have available in South Bristol here.
  • Bristol’s Local Access programme is a £2.7 million ten-year programme to provide development support and investment to enterprises coming from communities experiencing inequality in Bristol. Funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and Big Society Capital, and developed using Bristol’s One City Approach, the programme aims to contribute towards making Bristol’s social economy:
    • More diverse and inclusive
    • Able to create a greater social impact
    • A more significant part of the city’s overall economy.

The Enterprise Development projects are:

  • An incubator space for Black and Asian-led social enterprises, which will provide enterprise support tailored to their needs including desk and office space, technical and strategic support, mentoring and networking events.  This is delivered by Black South West Network. To find out more contact Mina Drobna.
  • For enterprises based in South Bristol, SSE Dartington is delivering a programme of business start- up support and incentivised start-up grants.  To find out more contact Susan Moores.
  • To build and strengthen enterprises with Bristol’s social economy, Voscur is creating a local network of experienced enterprise leaders who will share learning and provide consultancy support to other Bristol social enterprises.  To find out more head to Voscur’s website.

The Bristol Local Access Partnership guides and oversees the work of the Bristol Local Access Partnership Programme which is funded by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment.

Partners include: Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, Black South West Network, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Voscur, Eastside Community Trust, Nature Youth Connection and Education CIC, Street2Boardroom, Unique Voice, and WECIL.

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 our learning facilitator, Susan Moores – [email protected]

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