South Bristol Strong Foundations Programme (SBES)

  • 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 service or product and thought that you could do it better? Could you add value here?
  • Are you new to the business world and need some support to make sure that you have covered all of your business foundations?

If this is you, then our South Bristol Strong Foundations Programme 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.

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

  • EXPERT sessions – experts in their field will come and 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 – where experienced social business leaders will come and 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 – Making 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.

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Course dates

All sessions on the South Bristol Strong Foundations Programme will run virtually starting at 9.30 am until 1.30 pm

  • Monday 23rd November
  • Monday 30th November
  • Monday 7th December
  • Monday 14th December

Who can apply?

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

  • In the early stages of setting up a business that will make a difference
  • 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.

You can also check here to the SBES programme eligibility requirements.

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 reasonble adjustment during our recruitment, including assistance with completing this application, please contact –

This is just what I need. How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for a place on this programme, please click here to complete our form.

Other useful bits of information

  • There are only 15 places available on this programme, so please do book early.
  • The closing date for applications is Monday 16th November.