Strong Foundations (South Bristol Enterprise Support)

Do you live or work in South Bristol and want to make change for your community?

  • Would you like to run your own business or start a community project?
  • Can you see a gap for support in your community and have an idea of what to do?
  • Have you experienced a service or product and thought that you could do it better? Could you add value here?

If this is you, then our South Bristol Strong Foundations course is designed just for you.

Our free, virtual programme will bring together new business developers like you, to go through the business foundations you will need to get your social business off to the best start. Over a series of four sessions, we will look at:

  • Setting your business moral compass – What kind of business do you want to be?
  • Creating your service/product and how to ensure it is what your customer wants and will pay for!
  • Business planning – Simplify and demystify the process!
  • The Market – Market research, marketing, social media, and communicating effectively with stakeholders.
  • Your business form – Covering the legalities, policies and more.

Course dates

The next Strong Foundations course will run in January. This course will be all online and will run on the 28th January 6-8pm, 29th and 30th January 10-3, and the 4th February from 6-8pm.

Apply today via this link

We will be running another Strong Foundations course in-person in March – to register your interest please apply using the link above and add a note or email the team on [email protected].

The details

The learning style of our programme will ensure something for everyone, regardless of your learning style preferences.

Each session will take place 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.

  • Expert sessions: experts in their field will run interactive workshops with you on business planning, market research and costing and pricing with time included to apply the learning and theory to your project idea.
  • Witness sessions: experienced social business leaders tell their story – warts and all – with the chance for you to ask questions and hear real-life accounts of what did and didn’t work.
  • Group sessions: make the most of the experience and knowledge in the room. Having a group of social entrepreneurs in the same boat, in the same room, is a great opportunity to share and support each other.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a place on the South Bristol Strong Foundations course, you need to be:

  • In the early stages of setting up a business that will make a difference (established social enterprises wanting to grow should check out our South Bristol Next Steps to Success course.)
  • Currently living in or planning to work in the South Bristol region.
  • Able to attend all of the sessions – please check you can make the dates.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply for Strong Foundations using our form.

If you are based elsewhere in Bristol and looking for some start-up support, have a look at our other Strong Foundations programme for North and East Bristol.

Or if you are further along in your enterprise journey, Our Getting Serious: Next Steps to Success programme is aimed at existing social ventures, charities and community groups based and working in South Bristol, to help them evaluate their current business and plan for the future. The next series will run between February and May. To find out more about the programme and apply, click here.

Other useful information

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 the team via email: [email protected] or phone: 07748314717.