South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES)

Social enterprise support for individuals and social enterprises in South Bristol

SBES provides free workshops, one-to-one support with grants, and bursaries for individuals, social enterprises, charities, and community businesses in south Bristol.

Within the SBES project, which is being run by Bristol City Council, the School for Social Entrepreneurs is delivering support for social enterprises. So if you live in South Bristol and are thinking of starting a social enterprise, a social purpose business, or project with a social or environmental theme then you’ll love our free courses to help you grow.

If you’re just starting out, our South Bristol Strong Foundations course is the one for you. Here we cover the basics of starting a community business, co-op, charity, or social enterprise to help you get off to the best possible start.

If you’re already running a south Bristol-based social enterprise, charity, co-op, or community business, then our South Bristol Next Steps to Success course¬†will be just what you need to grow your project. Learn about optimising pricing, minimising costs, marketing your business, and maximising its impact.

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Current Offers

South Bristol Strong Foundations

Would you like to run your own business or start a community project?

  • Are you new to the business world and need some support to make sure that you have covered all of your business foundations?
  • If you’re just starting out on your social enterprise journey – perhaps you’ve just set up a charity, or you’re thinking of starting a community project – then our free Strong Foundations course is for you.

Click here to find out more or apply!

South Bristol Next Steps to Success

  • 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, to grow, and to stand on your own two feet without the help of grants?

Then our free Next Steps to Success course is for you! Hit the link to discover more about or apply for this free South Bristol Next Steps to Success programme.

Getting Serious 

You may also want to check out our other support in South Bristol. Our Getting Serious programme includes two levels of support, featuring workshops for social enterprises who are just getting started, and for those who are getting serious and a bit further along in their journey. Find out more or apply for these free sessions here: South Bristol Enterprise Support – Getting Serious.

More information

If you’re unsure whether you fit in to Strong Foundations or Next Steps to Success, you have any questions, or you want some support but don’t know where to turn, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 07748314717.

If you’re not in South Bristol, we are also running our Strong Foundations programme for North and East Bristol – find out more here.

Small print

South Bristol Enterprise Support is a partnership that includes the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Knowle West Media Centre, Princes Trust, and YTKO Ltd. It offers training and support, grants, and bursaries for new and existing businesses in South Bristol. The project is led by Bristol City Council and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the West of England Combined Authority, and the UK Government.

For more information about the overarching project, check out the SBES website; alternatively, you can see more detail about our courses within SBES above.