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How to Start a Business in Somerset

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

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How to Start a Business in Somerset

Starting a business in Somerset

If you are thinking about starting a business in Somerset or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Somerset contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Somerset since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Somerset

There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Free Startup Guide

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Download the 2022 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Somerset

Key Contacts in Somerset

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Somerset is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.

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FSB Somerset & Wiltshire
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK’s leading business campaigner. As experts in business , they offer a range of services as part of membership and a powerful voice in government for the small business community. On a local basis they run regular events open to both members and non-members to provide support to grow and develop whatever stage you are at and an opportunity to meet your wider business community. Information on local events can be found here: https://www.fsb.org.uk/regions/south-west/events
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Advice

West of England Growth Hub
The West of England Combined Authoritys dedicated business support service, the West of England Growth Hub, provides small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with tailored one-to-one advice and access to finance, support programmes and expert guidance. We combine all national and local business support in one place and bring together the best public and private sector partners and suppliers so its easy for you to find what you need. And our friendly team of dedicated Enterprise Advisors are on standby to answer your queries and facilitate your needs.We offer the same level of free, impartial support to businesses from all sectors. No matter what stage your business is at, or how small, well help you achieve your ambitions with tailored advice and guidance.
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Networking

Somerset Chamber of Commerce
Somerset Chamber provides a range of opportunities designed to help you promote and develop your business to other members. TEstablished in 1994, the Somerset Chamber works hard to support local businesses and specifically our 500 strong network of member businesses covering all industry sectors from sole-traders to multi-national corporations. Combined with local Town Chambers, the Somerset Chamber represent over 2000 businesses across Somerset. Address: Equity House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2PX
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Advice

Community Council for Somerset
The Community Council for Somerset is a charity and company limited by guarantee. We offer support and advice for individuals and groups wishing to set up a small business or social or community enterprise. We offer governance and legal structure advice, help with investment options and grant funding, business and financial planning and networking and promotion opportunities.
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Advice

North Somerset Enterprise Agency
Since 1987 the North Somerset Enterprise Agency has actively supported thousands of local businesses by offering them free advice, information and training services. We offer a wide range of support for those who are thinking about working for themselves and for those already running their own small or medium sized company. Accredited business advisors are available to provide one to one advice sessions on an ongoing basis both from our premises based on Oldmixon Crescent or at your own premises if you prefer. Our business information officers can provide you with up to date details of legislation affecting your business, events and training opportunities and have a wealth of local contacts to help you. We are also an access point for the government business support service Business Link. Contact us for further details on this service.
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How to Start a Business

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