Thrive Business Training and Support
Released On 14th Mar 2023
Thrive offers a range of training and support services for self-employed and small to medium size enterprises in Devon and Somerset.
Thrive has supported over 600 Devon and Somerset businesses since its launch but the programme will be coming to an end on 31st March 2023. If you still haven't taken advantage of this free support (or you haven't completed your 12 hours of support) now is the time.
Click here for a list of all the upcoming free online workshops and how to book. Whatever your current business challenge, Thrive is there to help.
GetSet for Growth Somerset
The GetSet for Growth Somerset programme offers fully funded growth support to help local Somerset businesses grow. Eligible businesses will benefit from strategic and highly practical growth workshops as well as hands-on 1:1 support relevant to their individual business challenges.
It also has a grant component of 30% which enables companies to access grant funding to invest in their business growth through the purchase of products or services, for example, a new or upgraded website.
Find out more here: Somerset - GetSet for Growth
Digital Link - Unlock your Digital Potential
Another new service from the Growth Hub is Digital Link, designed to help small business owners get the most out of digital technology. The new service can give you what you need to unlock your digital potential and help you to grow your business.
There is a series of free digital guides such as 'Guide to Social Media' and comprehensive 'Digital Information Pack' that includes access to free digital tools, learning and top tips and workshops and free digital courses.
Contact them here and quote 'Digital Link' in the enquiry message box.
Somerset Business Resilience Support
A series of free online webinars (with Q&A’s) and 1-2-1 advice sessions led by specialist business consultants. This support will help you develop the skills to survive in challenging economic circumstances and take advantage of new opportunities. 1-2-1's will be offered to 10 businesses per session and consist of a 2-hour one-to-one session with a specialist advisor.
Finding, recruiting & retaining top talent - Weds 15 March
How to use Marketing in an economic downturn - Thurs 30th March
Find out more and book: Business Resilience Workshops
Help with the increases in the cost of living.
The Heart of the South West Growth Hub team has pulled together a selection of cost-of-living resources including information, top tips and links to schemes and further support for managing and mitigating the impacts of rising costs. They have included information and links to tools & resources to help with improving your business energy efficiency and renewable energy options all details are here
Grant or social investment opportunities for charities, community groups or social enterprises.
If you work or volunteer for a charity, community group or social enterprise in Somerset, you can apply for:
· grant, which doesn’t need to be paid back.
· social investment, which combines a grant with a loan. The loan part must be paid back.
More information on the Somerset Community Foundation Website: funding needs to be allocated by the end of March.