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?

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

This free 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. We will look at:

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

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.

Course dates

There are several options available for our autumn courses:

  • A weekend online intensive programme in October (Friday 7th October 6pm-8pm, Saturday 8th October 10am-3pm, Sunday 9th October 10am-3pm, Friday 14th October 6pm-8pm)
  • An online programme on Wednesdays in November (Wednesday, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November all 9:30am-1:30pm)
  • A series of three in-person sessions at Filwood Community Centre Barnstaple Rd, Bristol, BS4 1JP (Wednesday 9th, 16th and 30th November 10am-3pm)


APPLICATION DEADLINE for online and in-person November programmes – FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER

 Apply below and we will be in touch.

Click here to apply 

The details

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

  • Expert sessions: experts in their field will run interactive workshops 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 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:

  • Currently living in or planning to work in the South Bristol region, outlined in the image below. (for those in North, East or Central Bristol, check out our NEBES Strong Foundations programme).
  • 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.)

How do I apply?

Click here to apply 

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.

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 in South Bristol, to help them evaluate their current business and plan for the future.  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.