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Somerset Business Agency

4 Taunton Road, Ashcott, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9BH
01458 211272

About us

Somerset Business Agency is the leading county wide organisation set up to support individuals into self employment or starting a business or enterprise. 

We were founded in 2010 as Community Interest Company (CIC) Limited by Guarantee to support new enterprise within the County. 

We are the local Enterprise Agency for the County and operate on a not-for-profit, social enterprise basis. 

As a member of the National Enterprise Network (NEN)* we are mandated to provide independent and impartial advice as well as provide training, advice and guidance to new and emerging business enterprises. 

We are a member of the Community Interest Companies Association. The CIC Association is the home of regulated social business. 

We provide access to a wide range of services and information tailored to meet the needs of individuals and organisations at all stages of business start up. From the initial thoughts about going it alone to those who need additional support at the beginning of their journey. 

* The National Enterprise Network is the trading name of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies)

We offer

Our Mission 

•To provide impartial, current and up-to-date advice on how to become self employed or start your own business in the Somerset area. 

 •To help people start and run new businesses and to increase their chances of success. 

•To contribute to employment creation, new business generation and the economic development of the Somerset area. 

 If you have an idea for a new business enterprise or want to find out more about being self employed, the Somerset Business Agency is here to help. Whatever stage you're at from ideas generation through to trading, we can offer valuable support and resources to help you along the way. We look at how you want to take your business ideas and plans forward and build a programme of support to help you. It’s all about you! 

Making sure it works;
what is the key to your business success? Planning and doing your homework before you start up is key. You must thoroughly test your new business idea to see whether enough customers want your product or services and will buy from you at the prices you intend to charge – simple! 

Here at Somerset Business Agency we have access to resources including the Start Up Donut is a comprehensive business resource centre, where you’ll find a wealth of information about business ideas and other key start-up topics. You can also access a wide range of free resources

We support

  • Business Support
  • Networks
  • Somerset

Benefits

Advice and Guidance 
We have access to a wide range of resources, networks, information and support tools ready for you to use at anytime. 
Training Courses 
We offer a range of training courses to help you learn a new skill, use existing skills more effectively, apply a new concept, develop different attitudes or acquire new knowledge. 
Mentoring 
We have an experienced team of mentors available to work with you and your business enterprise idea and support you moving forward. 
Coaching 
Our team of professional coaches are on hand to help you achieve your business goals by offering support, guidance, accountability and encouragement. 
Factsheets and Templates 
We provide free and 'easy to use' templates to assist in the smooth running of your business enterprise. These are designed to give you confidence with record keeping and save you time. 
Signposting 
Knowing where to get the right help and information is the key to running any successful enterprise. We pride ourselves on being 'well connected' and have a large network of contacts ready

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